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RAID/Mirror Disk shown as Degraded, Inactive and Unformatted after interruption to NetSwap

by Andrew Krater

Recently, we have been receiving numerous phone calls due to power outages we have been seeing across the country, as a result of the heat wave. As a built-in feature, when the NetSwap is interrupted due to either a loss … Continue reading


General Data Protection Regulation GDPR and Backup

by Darren McBride

Have you heard of the General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR? Do you do business in Europe or with European citizens?  The GDPR regulation is intended to protect the privacy of individuals and has wide ranging implications for technology companies … Continue reading


NetSwap Restore: Restoring your High-Rely NetSwap Plus to Factory Default

by Andrew Krater

Please note, you will need a monitor and keyboard attached directly to the NetSwap along with a 4GB or larger USB flash drive. You will also need to save a copy of your current Config to restore your settings after … Continue reading


Automatic Replication on Drive Swaps

by Andrew Krater

A brief overview on how to create an Automatic Replication Job that will start when drives are inserted into the RNAS. Create a new job Begin by creating a new job from the Profile Overview screen. In this example we … Continue reading


Netswap Encryption setup using Truecrypt

by Andrew Krater

We’ve previously discussed the ability of the NetSwap NAS devices being able to encrypt using the Truecrypt algorithm.  In this Blog, we’ll do a detailed walk through of setting it up. High-Rely NetSwap Plus Encryption Setup Guide Your NetSwap Plus … Continue reading


Restoring Files using High-Sync

by Darren McBride

Restoring Files From Backup Storage  Restoring files from a backup is done by copying in the opposite direction. Normally, the restore operation copies from the right-hand side back to the left-hand side. The Restore Wizard will guide you through the … Continue reading


Using Amazon S3 with High-Sync

by Darren McBride

Amazon S3 online storage is an inexpensive place for any amount of data. After creating an account on Amazon you can start storing data right away. There are no fixed monthly fees but you do pay a low monthly fee for … Continue reading


High-Sync Remote Service

by Darren McBride

Using the High-Sync Remote Service The Remote Service is a useful tool to enable some special features like “partial file updating” also known as block level incremental uploads.  This feature is not often used, but the service can speed it … Continue reading


Installing High-Sync

by Darren McBride

To Install High-Sync on a Windows PC, select either the 32 bit or 64 bit version of the installer.  The 64 bit version should have “64” in the name.   If your CPU and version of Windows supports 64 bit, choose … Continue reading


Windows Storage Server 2012 Licensing

by Darren McBride

All our Windows NAS products now ship with Windows Storage Server 2016.  


Utilizing Box-to-Box Replication with High-Sync

by Darren McBride

In some cases, box-to-box replication is needed, or desired. Customers may want to replicate from a branch office to the main office, or from a small business location to the owner’s home. There are a variety of methods you can … Continue reading


High-Sync Support for Block Level Incremental File Uploads

by Darren McBride

“Partial File Updating” – Incremental File Uploads with High-Sync Incremental File Uploads.  High-Sync can detect which parts of a file have changed, and copy only the changed blocks rather than the complete file.   The idea is to reduce copy time … Continue reading


What is Windows 10 IoT Enterprise?

by Darren McBride

WIndows 10 IoT Enterprise is the same full Windows 10 Enterprise desktop operating system with a special license for the OEMs in an embedded market. Plus with the major advantage of long term support, which is always a requirement in … Continue reading


Windows IoT Enterprise license Agreement

by Darren McBride

MICROSOFT SOFTWARE LICENSE TERMS WINDOWS 10 IOT ENTERPRISE WINDOWS 10 IOT ENTERPRISE FOR RETAIL OR THIN CLIENTS October 2015 IF YOU LIVE IN (OR IF YOUR PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS IS IN) THE UNITED STATES, PLEASE READ THE BINDING ARBITRATION … Continue reading


Windows Storage Server 2016 Standard versus Workgroup

by Andrew Krater

The Graphic below details the differences between Windows Storage Server 2016 Workgroup and Standard Edition.  If a user needs Hyper-V functionality the Standard edition should be used.  However, if you want to spin up virtual machines using a third party … Continue reading


Bandwidth Throttling of Internet Speed with High-Sync

by Darren McBride

Bandwidth throttling of Cloud upload or download jobs with High-Sync is possible.  The native speed you get without throttling will depend on how fast your connection is, along with other traffic currently using your pipe, other jobs running on your … Continue reading


High-Rely Classic Versus the New Utility Bays?

by Darren McBride

Choose C models for daily swap media that replaces tape Choose U Models for lower cost, yet field replaceable/upgradable drives.  They can also be quickly installed into a USB 3 toaster enclosure for fast restores. Since 2004 Highly Reliable Systems … Continue reading


Running Multi-Cloud Replication Jobs in Sequence: High-Sync

by Andrew Krater

Multi-Cloud Replication Jobs Should run in Sequence – NOT in Parallel When scheduling Multi-Cloud or Multiple location jobs in High-Sync on RNAS products it is often desirable to use several distinct jobs or profiles and make sure one job finishes … Continue reading


Automatically Email a File on a Schedule: How To

by Alejandro Castillo

If you want to automatically email a file on a scheduled basis, you can do that with the RNAS product line.  Any file stored on an RNAS appliance (or available via a share) can be automatically emailed using pop, Gmail, … Continue reading


Backup and Disaster Recovery – Creating Your own BDR

by Darren McBride

5 Elements of a Backup and Disaster Recovery Appliance (BDR) Rather than buying a BDR with high monthly fees and storage costs, you can use our hardware to build your own.  Many of our backup NAS appliances can be used … Continue reading


How to connect to Google Cloud Storage using Windows NAS

by Andrew Krater

Setting up Google Cloud Storage using Windows NAS (The RNAS series appliances) Google Cloud Storage using Windows NAS is possible because Google uses an Amazon S3 compatible (Object and Bucket based) cloud. This encompasses several storage options including multi-regional, regional, … Continue reading


Cloud-to-Cloud Backup

by Alejandro Castillo

Cloud-to-Cloud backup is becoming more important for protecting data from crypto-viruses, user errors, and vendor outages. The RNAS series of appliances can be used as cloud-to-cloud (C2C) backup appliances.  Some of the reasons to do “reverse-cloud” or Cloud-to-Local jobs apply … Continue reading


S3 5GB Limit -Split Large Files to Overcome Amazon Object Size limits

by Andrew Krater

Amazon S3 5GB Limit Amazon S3 and compatible services used to have a 5GB object (file size) limit. Although Amazon Changed the total object limit in 2010 to 5TB it is still true that the largest object that can be … Continue reading


Backup Dropbox to a local NAS using High-Sync

by Andrew Krater

Backup Dropbox to local drives with a delay. High-Sync allows you to push or pull files from Dropbox without using the DropBox application.  The advantage of not installing the Dropbox app include the ability to manage multi-cloud backups from a … Continue reading


Multi-Cloud Support with High-Sync File Replication

by Darren McBride

Multi-Cloud Support means Automated Upload and Download for mission critical files One unique feature of the RNAS product line is the inclusion of a license for High-Sync with Multi-Cloud capability.  This can be used to create multiple replication jobs to … Continue reading


Wasabi and High-Sync: How to Configure Cloud Upload

by Andrew Krater

Wasabi Configuration with High-Sync Wasabi is a less expensive Amazon S3 compatible cloud.   Further down in this blog you will see some screen shots on how to setup a Wasabi account.  This may change slightly over time but the basics … Continue reading


Windows NAS using Windows IoT Enterprise

by Kelley Kirtley

The RNAS is a Windows NAS intended as use as dedicated BDRs (Backup and Disaster Recovery), Self Backing NAS, or Cloud-to-Local backup appliances (reverse cloud). Use of Windows IoT for Windows NAS Windows IoT is a version of Windows typically … Continue reading


Backup to or from BackBlaze B2 with High-Sync

by Darren McBride

Backblaze B2 – Backup and Mirror Your Data With High-Sync Low Cost, High Performance Cloud Storage with Backblaze B2 Using High-Sync, you can now store and synchronize your data on BackBlaze B2. High-Sync is a generic file synchronization, mirroring and … Continue reading


High-Sync: Block Level Backup – Block Level Copying

by Nicholas Bailey

Using High-Sync for Block-level Backup and Block-level Copying. High-Sync can detect which parts of a larger file have changed, and copy only the changed blocks, rather than the complete file. Copying only the changed blocks can save bandwidth, and time, … Continue reading


High-Sync: Google Drive, and Google Docs

by Nicholas Bailey

Syncing with High-Sync to Google Docs, or Google Drive. Google Drive is an online storage system originally intended for text documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. It is possible to upload any type of file and use it for generic storage. Google … Continue reading


High-Sync: Command Line

by Nicholas Bailey

High-Sync allows you to completely manage profiles via the command line. Windows You can create High-Sync.exe or High-Sync_Service.exe with the command line parameters shown on this page. High-Sync_Service.exe is only able to run standard jobs, while High-Sync.exe can perform all … Continue reading


High-Sync: Versioning and Filename Encoding

by Nicholas Bailey

High-Sync can preserve multiple versions of each file in your backup. The recommended method to achieve this is by encoding the timestamp into the filename. The option is called ‘Filename Encoding’ within the synchronizer software. The date and time is … Continue reading


High-Sync: Restore files from backup

by Nicholas Bailey

To restore files from a backup, start by coping the files you want. Then, the restore operation copies from the right-hand side back to the left-hand side, like normal. The ‘Restore Wizard’ will take you through all of the steps. … Continue reading


Never use ISP’s DNS for a Windows machine in a Domain environment

by Darren McBride

Some customers have problems with a Netswap joining a domain, or with drive shares not coming back online after a drive swap.  We believe some of these problems may indicate Windows “Name resolution problems” which classically are either DNS or … Continue reading


2 Minute Delay to browse after a media swap

by Darren McBride

Case study:  User swapped stand alone drive on a High-Rely Netswap 400 (non-raid) and new media with same friendly name showed up after 10 seconds in HTML interface. However, Windows file explorer indicated drive share was inaccessible.  After 2 minutes … Continue reading


Sparse Files – Problems writing 500GB and larger files with StorageCraft VEEAM and similar backup programs

by Darren McBride

Nature of problem:  When moving a hard drive from Netswap to Windows, large files appear to be corrupted under Windows. Suggested Fix:  Install Netswap version 2.15e If you remove a hard drive from High-Rely tray formatted and used with imaging … Continue reading


Using Netswap with Acronis – The Strict Allocate feature

by Darren McBride

If you experience difficulty backing up with Acronis, you may need to go to the “Strict Allocate” feature under Windows networking (Advanced, Global options) and type in “No”.    Save the settings to change.  Version 2.15b of the software Changed Windows … Continue reading


10 Gigabyte Ethernet (10 GigE) interface and cabling

by Darren McBride

Those of us who have used RJ45 cables for Ethernet have a tendency to want to use something similar when we’re considering an upgrade to 10GigE.  It turns out using a “10GBaseT” card and the standard RJ45 connector based twisted … Continue reading


BNAS and AMT board Mirroring Tips and tricks

by Darren McBride

The BNAS series of products as well as certain DAS products use an AMT board (Automatic mirroring technology).  The associated software is the JMicron HW RAID Manager.  This software and the product functionality can be tricky.  Here are a summary … Continue reading


Alternative to RAID1 Mirroring -Using DeltaSync

by Darren McBride

High-Rely’s DeltaSync is a feature designed as an alternative to RAID1 mirroring for very large hard drives. It should not be confused with the Microsoft protocol of the same name. Continue reading


Scheduled Mirroring on the NetSwap Can Protect against Ransomware

by Darren McBride

Scheduled Mirroring can protect against ransomware. Continue reading


How to do Bare metal restore with Windows Backup using a NAS drive

by Kelley Kirtley

The question about how to do a bare metal restore is more of a software issue than a Netswap hardware issue but essentially it’s just a matter of attaching to the Netswap NAS via UNC path during the restore.  Here … Continue reading


8 Reasons to Fear Backup to Cloud

by Darren McBride

Be Cautious when Deploying Backup to Cloud Protecting business data with backup to cloud is all the rage these days.  This is where data is sent over the Internet to a data center in another location, usually by automated backup … Continue reading


A Caution about Hidden Files with Cloud or Removable Drive Backup System

by Darren McBride

Removable Drive Backup System or the Cloud. A Cautionary Tale: A reseller we know uses MaxBackup (A GFI product) for backing up to the cloud for their customers.  Apparently MaxBackup (and some other backup software) made a recent change to … Continue reading


Rise of the Robots – Talk from High-Rely CEO at CompTia’s ChannelCon 2016

by Darren McBride

Darren McBride, CEO of Highly Reliable Systems in Fall of 2016 discusses robots and automation across a broad range of fields from agriculture to food and beverage to IT.      


Cloud Backup Security Concerns and the Alternative: Removable Drives

by Darren McBride

With removable drives and box to box replication our clients may choose to avoid cloud backup to public data centers altogether. According to CloudBerry and a recent survey published on storagenewsletter.com enterprises continue to be concerned about security in the cloud. Continue reading


An Easy Method for Encrypting Emails

by Darren McBride

How to Password Protect Your .PDFs for Free We’re all nervous about the security of our email.  It’s so convenient to send documents via email but it is sometimes best to encrypt or password protect sensitive data.  This is especially … Continue reading


10 Reasons Tape Sucks for Backup

by Darren McBride

    Through the course of a long career I have worked with many, many types of tape systems and consider myself a reasonably knowledgeable user of these systems. I have come to believe that tape doesn’t belong in any … Continue reading


Team Up with High-Rely to Offer BaaS (Backup as a Service) to your SMB Clients

by Darren McBride

Combine the technology of the High-Rely Backup NAS appliances with the industry leading ShadowProtect SPX backup software to offer a complete managed backup solution with both physical backups that can be carried off-site using our Highly-Removable Drives as well as … Continue reading


Are you covered? Try our data loss risk calculator and see.

by Tom Hoops

  Data Loss Scenarios and their Recovery Solutions.   TL;DR? Just call Sales Team 6 at 775-329-5139 🙂   A quick review of the most likely scenarios where you will experience data loss, corruption or theft and some solutions to … Continue reading


10 Reasons to Use Backup NAS vs Generic NAS

by Derry Bryson

Pros and Cons of using a Purpose Built Backup NAS vs a Generic NAS for Backup Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are very common for adding shared storage to a small business network infrastructure. While providing an inexpensive and convenient way to … Continue reading


Amazing 30TB Hot-Pluggable RAIDPac Exposed

by Tom Hoops

Here’s a quick breakdown of our popular 30TB Hot-Pluggable RAIDPac The largest of our High-Removable Drives is the RAIDPac. Facts: It can currently store up to 30TB of RAW data utilizing three 3.5″ 10TB SATA hard drives.   Although it … Continue reading


NetSwap 200 Illustrated

by Kelley Kirtley

The NetSwap 200 Difference from other NAS products.   NetSwap 200 is our most widely sold NAS product. Yet, with so many other NAS platforms to choose from, it’s hard to quickly understand the NetSwap 200 difference and possibilities. The NetSwap line offers … Continue reading


Got Data Clog Problems?

by Kathy Raye Freemonth

Solve it with HR’s SpeedSeed(tm). A “Data Clog” can occur when one NAS device is replicating data to a cloud service or another NAS device through the internet, and it is interrupted. This can occur because of flakey internet connections, … Continue reading


10 Reasons why Removable Drives are Better for BackUp than Cloud or Conventional NAS/BDRs

by Kathy Raye Freemonth

Removable drives are better than cloud services and conventional NAS/BDRs for Data BackUp because: 1. They are invulnerable to remote or virus attacks (when removed). It’s simple, it can’t be manipulated, deleted, or otherwise hacked  if it’s powered off or … Continue reading


NAS System Speeds vs DAS Backup Performance

by Kelley Kirtley

As more data moves across the Internet to it’s home in the cloud, many are still retaining primary and backup data within physical reach on their servers and backup appliances. This makes good business sense, considering that when disaster strikes the speed of transfer from cloud storage could take days compared to hours for a backup appliance such as our NetSwap NC350 Network Attached Storage (NAS) system. There are two scenarios administrators must plan for: backup and disaster recovery, commonly referred to as BDR. Continue reading


Comparing iSCSI and Windows Network Shares

by Darren McBride

You can’t tell by looking at the physical connection whether a machine is using iSCSI or a Windows share. Both iSCSI connections and shared Windows hard drives use an Ethernet connection to attach storage. Since they use the same physical connection and network cable, it can be confusing to understand the difference. It used to be that an appliance that “shared” it’s drive was called a NAS (Network Attached Storage), and one that used iSCSI was called a SAN (Storage Area Network). This was because iSCSI was setup by installing a second network card in the server, and a dedicated link or Ethernet network was used for just storage traffic (hence the term storage area network versus local area network). Nowadays it’s not uncommon for even low end NAS devices to support the iSCSI software protocol, so the line can be somewhat blurry. Continue reading


6 Reasons to Trust Your Backups to an Expert

by Kelley Kirtley

Backups. They are arguably the least glamorous task for any IT team. And yet, they are also one of the most critical. In fact, according to Gartner, 43% of companies go immediately out of business after a “major loss” of computer records. Even worse, only 6% of companies survive longer than two years after a significant data loss. Continue reading


14 Reasons To Do Reverse Cloud Backup

by Darren McBride

Software as a Service (SaaS) applications have become “cloud backup applications”, and are increasingly popular. According to a survey of enterprise customers by Aberdeen Group, around 1/2 of firms are using the cloud for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software and email (with Exchange making up 19%). The high adoption rate reflects software manufacturer’s focus on recurring monthly revenue models versus the older sales models where software was purchased with yearly support or maintenance fees. By hosting their applications, software vendors such as Microsoft CRM and Salesforce.com create higher profit margins and create tighter linkage to the end user. This model will eventually diminish, and disintermediate the importance of trusted consultants and IT resellers which account for approximately 30% of the traditional cost of IT. Continue reading


7 Reasons Cloud Computing Backup Makes Sense

by Alejandro Castillo

Like many of you, I’ve viewed the cloud computing backup hype with rolling eyes.  Tonight I viewed a presentation by Amazon S3 executive that, while 45 minutes long, I felt was worth sharing.  It convinced me the cloud computing backup … Continue reading


Using RAID-5 Means the Sky is Falling

by Kelley Kirtley

In reality, most hard disks seldom see operating temperatures below the chill of a server room or beyond the warmth of rack space, and most disks will not commit an URE that crashes a RAID-5 rebuild. While it is agreed that better parity schemes exist, the exception is not the rule. My customer could have retained cold storage data to individual disks via removable drives, with no redundancy at all. In fact, most organizations already use a single removable disk or cloud container for their nightly backup routine. My customer choose a special backup appliance that fits three disks into a single cartridge, further protecting archived data and proving RAID-5 still has business applications. Continue reading


Getting Data Out of the Cloud Before Disaster

by Kelley Kirtley

As the size of information stored in the cloud grows increasingly larger, IT managers must plan on getting data out of the cloud when it’s critically needed during disaster recovery. For some businesses, the cloud is a place to deposit a second copy of data already retained locally. For others the cloud is primary storage, where unique data is created and modified. Problems arise in both cases: when local data is lost due to fire, flood, or theft, when the data is too large for a timely transfer across limited Internet bandwidth, or when a cloud provider shuts down. This all begs the question: is redundant data in place? Continue reading


Reverse Backup from Cloud to Local Disks

by Kelley Kirtley

Not long ago network administrators would backup their data to tape storage, and later onto hard disks. As managed service providers evolved with technology, IT professionals began replicating to the cloud. Online storage services such as Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, DreamHost DreamCloud, and Dropbox became popular destinations for offsite data retention. It seemed like such a good idea at the time, since local disks were small and cloud servers were large. Storage technology has continued to improve, and 8TB hard disk drives are now available for local retention. As free space has increased on servers, so have the storage needs of its users. Internet bandwidth has not kept up with improvements in storage technology, and slow speeds or high prices have made it necessary to “reverse cloud” backup data from online containers to local disks. Continue reading


How to Backup Amazon S3 with Reverse Cloud

by Andrew Krater

Many IT professionals are starting to think about how to backup Amazon S3 for local retention – i.e. how to do reverse cloud backup. If you’ve wondered how to backup from Amazon S3 buckets to disk so that there is a high speed local copy of cloud data, the NetSwap Plus product might be for you. While several cloud to cloud backup services exist, they have the disadvantage of incurring additional monthly fees and lower performance of the cloud. Continue reading


Cloud Backup Calculator: Why Local Data Matters

by Kelley Kirtley

The High-Rely Cloud Backup Calculator estimates your backup data upload time to the Cloud, assuming your connection to the Internet will be the primary bottleneck. To use the Cloud Backup Calculator, input the size of data to be uploaded then choose the bandwidth of your connection in the upstream direction (note that your connection may be asymmetrical). Theoretically, all locally stored backup data will be saved and retrieved much faster than files sent to the Cloud. Continue reading


Backup Protection from Cryptolocker

by Tom Hoops

How do you provide backup protection from Cryptolocker? This virus has the potential to not only lock you out of your server files, but potentially encrypt files located at network shares as well.  Which means it could have devastating impact on … Continue reading


Best Backup for Small Business?

by Derry Bryson

A customer asked for our latest thoughts on what is the Best Backup for Small Business. The choices include local (to USB or NAS) versus cloud backup (to the Internet), image backup verus file backup, using backup appliances (NAS) versus … Continue reading


Best Backup Solution for a Small Business?

by Tom Hoops

An IT provider asked us:  “We’re working on further standardizing our backup for clients and had a couple questions.  We want the best backup solution for a small business. Are we better off for smaller 1-10 client (or even larger) … Continue reading


Hardware Encryption on a Backup NAS Device

by Tom Hoops

Highly Reliable Systems now offers hardware encryption on select backup NAS devices. High-Rely supports AES encryption on many of our highly-removable drive backup appliances, allowing media to be safely transported. This article will discuss the encryption feature as supported on certain Netswap Plus and RAIDFrame … Continue reading


Is Backing up to the Cloud Faster than Fed-Ex?

by Darren McBride

That’s the interesting question posed recently by a blogger. If you want to transfer a few hundred gigabytes of data, it’s generally faster to FedEx a hard drive than to send the files over the internet. This isn’t a new … Continue reading


11 Minute Backup Appliance Overview Webinar

by Alejandro Castillo

There are plenty of BDRs, Backup Appliances, NAS boxes, and USB “whatever” to back your data to. But have you run into problems such as quality, speed, or cost? Why not choose a Backup Appliance? There’s no need to put … Continue reading


Use a Backup Appliance with the Cloud to Create Hybrid Solutions

by Andrew Krater

When it comes to where a company stores their backups there are lots of options. Do they opt for a cloud based provider like Amazon’s S3, Dropbox, or Microsoft Azure? Or do they buy local storage solution like an 8 … Continue reading


Hard Drive Failures of Desktop vs Enterprise

by Tom Hoops

Are desktop class hard drive failures vs enterprise class hard drive failures as expected with the desktop drives being higher? Based on our own subjective and objective experience in the drive industry, we have long suspected that desktop hard drives … Continue reading


ChannelPro Limited Offer on Network Attached Removable Disk Backup Appliance

by Alejandro Castillo

Highly Reliable Systems is the leader in network and direct connected removable disk backup.  Become a reseller and get special ChannelPro pricing for 1 year, along with a great one time dealer demo price. Use Promo code “ChannelPro”by January 15th and get:  … Continue reading


Cloud Backup Speed Calculator

by Darren McBride

This cloud backup calculator and data upload time calculator will estimate how long it will take to upload your backup to the cloud, assuming your own internet connection will be the primary bottleneck. Continue reading


Incremental Backup Calculator

by Derry Bryson

Have you ever wanted a way to know how many files, on average, change on your network per day? This is crucial to estimating how large your nightly incremental backup will be. We first provided a way to do this in our blog post 6 Easy Steps to Calculate Data Changed Per Day for Backup. We wanted to provide a more automated, scripted way to estimate this calculation, so Highly Reliable Systems wrote the Incremental Backup Calculator. Continue reading


A Cost Comparison of Cloud Backup versus Local

by Kelley Kirtley

We are firm believers that cloud backup makes sense to get data offsite with minimal hassle.  But there are times when local backup with removable disk drives makes more sense financially.  We were curious how a popular business backup service … Continue reading


6 Easy Steps to Calculate Data Changed Per Day for Backup. Incremental Backup Calculator

by Darren McBride

If you are going to backup to the cloud (over an internet connection) you will typically first do a full backup, then do incrementals from then on. Most cloud vendors charge for how much data you store and/or send daily.  … Continue reading


15 Reasons to use Backup NAS vs Generic NAS

by Andrew Krater

Network Attached Storage (NAS) boxes are very common to add shared storage to a small business network infrastructure. While providing an inexpensive and convenient way to store extra data, there are some common pitfalls to avoid if you choose to use conventional NAS drives or appliances for your backup. Highly Reliable Systems makes specialized backup NAS appliances and Directly Attached Storage (DAS) devices. Each has a place. In this overview we outline Pros and Cons of conventional NAS, NAS for backup, and DAS. Continue reading


Largest Hard Drive 20TB?

by Tom Hoops

Could we see the largest hard drive be 20TB  by 2020?  Right now, we have the RAIDPac, which can be 8TB when set in RAID5 mode and 12TB in RAID0 mode, but of course we’re cheating a bit when we … Continue reading


ChannelPro Reseller Promotion

by Kelley Kirtley

Highly Reliable Systems is the leader in network and direct connected removable disk backup.  Become a reseller and get special ChannelPro pricing for 1 year, along with a great one time dealer demo price. Use Promo code “ChannelPro” by Sept 20th … Continue reading


How to Seed Your Initial Cloud Backup

by Tom Hoops

If you’re an IT professional, you’ve realized that cloud backup is a great way to get data offsite.  But you’ve probably also realized that it can take weeks or months to get large data sets “seeded” to the cloud.  The … Continue reading


Removable iSCSI for Backup

by Kelley Kirtley

Perhaps one of the more confusing terms in networking is iSCSI (pronounced eye-SKUZ-ee). The acronym iSCSI is for Internet Small Computer System Interface.  Most people think of SCSI as a type of hard drive, or a physical interface for a particular … Continue reading


Incremental Replication over the Internet

by Darren McBride

Replication Information for NetSwap Plus Executive Summary Highly Reliable Systems (HRS), has added bi-directional incremental replication over the Internet to their NetSwap Plus removable drive Network Attached Storage (NAS) backup appliances.  The feature will also be available in certain network … Continue reading


Speed Problems with Cloud – 1000 Times Slower than Local Backup?

by Derry Bryson

Backing up data to the cloud is an awesome way to make sure data is protected without thinking about it too much.  New cloud based companies, software, and data vaulting locations appear daily.  But there can be speed problems with … Continue reading


Cloud hacked again – Reputation.com reports breach

by Kelley Kirtley

In a continuing trend for cloud based companies, Reputation.com has said: the cloud hacked again.  They let users know via email on April 30th, 2013 that it’s data had been breached.  The company does not believe credit card data was … Continue reading


How to Perform a Backup Assessment

by Derry Bryson

One effective way to help small business clients is to perform a backup assessment.  Here are a few questions and technician guidelines to help you with the process. Interview the company stakeholders.  Ask the following questions What are you doing … Continue reading


Largest Hard Drive to use Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording for 6.4TB

by Tom Hoops

Could 6.4TB become the largest hard drive in the near future? A few months ago we reported that Western Digital was working on a large format hard drive that would be filled with helium to reduce drag and friction.  We … Continue reading


Using Compression in Backup

by Darren McBride

A Non Profit representative writes:  “We haven’t backed up since 2009. Backups are done using DVDs and hence, if the volumes are huge, we will need several dvds to back up the materials.  Also if the drives run out of … Continue reading


Will Windows 2012 Kill the BDR?

by Darren McBride

Will Windows 2012 kill the BDR? In the last few years Managed Service Providers (MSPs) have embraced Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR) appliances as the solution of choice for managed backup. A BDR is usually defined as an appliance that … Continue reading


Backup Corner. What’s Your data worth?

by Darren McBride

From My Blog post at SMB Nation Windows Server 2003 had around 50 million lines of code. Microsoft hasn’t said how much more code is in Server 2012, but some estimates put it the range of 80 Million lines. The … Continue reading


Top Tradeshows for VARS and MSPs

by Darren McBride

During 2013 we will be exhibiting at some of the top tradeshows for VARS and MSPs. Come see our newest backup products including the RAIDFrame Plus, Netswap Plus, and and Windows based “roll your own” BDR platforms used to supplement your cloud … Continue reading


New Largest Hard Drive Will Contain Helium

by Darren McBride

HGST, a division of Western Digital, announced what experts expect will be a 5.6TB 3.5″ form factor hard drive sometime in 2013.  The new largest hard drive will contain helium rather than air and will have 7 platters.  Helium is … Continue reading


How to Find Backup in Windows 8

by Darren McBride

Windows 8 includes a new File History program that automatically backs up user content.  Microsoft says this program was included as a way to protect and backup users files since users never seem to setup their backup program.  Unfortunately this … Continue reading


Largest Removable Hard Drive Replaces Tape for Backup

by Darren McBride

With the release in Oct 2012 of a 4 bay Network Attached RAIDFrame Plus, another nail will be put in the coffin of tape.  RAIDFrames use the largest removable hard drive on the market called a RAIDPac.   When we started … Continue reading


Multiple pass wiping of hard drives is unnecessary

by Darren McBride

With security concerns of our data ever more important, the question of securely erasing data from hard drives that are no longer being used occasionally comes up. This topic is also known as multiple pass wiping of hard drives.  This … Continue reading


3.5 Inch Hard Drives Use Less Power than 2.5 for Backup

by Darren McBride

We spend a lot of time studying backup to removable disk.  Would it surprise you to learn that 3.5 inch hard drives use less power than 2.5 for backup on a per Gigabyte stored basis? 3.5″ disks have around twice the … Continue reading


Karl Palachuk PodCast from SMBNation 2012 in Las Vegas Oct 12

by Tom Hoops

We just got back (October 12-14) from SMBNation 2012, where we introduced the new RAIDFrame Plus to great reseller interest.  The RAIDFrame Plus is a NAS with 4 Individual removable RAIDPacs. While we were there, Karl W. Palachuk of smallbizthoughts.com came by and … Continue reading


What Does Enterprise Class Backup and Data Storage Really Look Like?

by Darren McBride

Recently Joseph Walker, a blogger at SMBNation asked what Enterprise class backup and storage really looks like.  My response was to discuss how small business servers had hard drives inside the server chassis whereas Enterprise usually used one or more … Continue reading


A 700TB Backup drive?

by Darren McBride

OK it is a little out there.  By storing data in DNA Harvard Scientists George Church and Sri Kosuri have stored 700TB in 1 gram of material (70 Billion copies of a book).  Which makes us wonder how long it … Continue reading


Why RAID-5 Stops Working in 2009 – Not Necessarily

by Darren McBride

Suppose you were to run a burn in test on a brand new Seagate 3TB SATA drive, writing 3TB and then reading it back to confirm the data. Our standards are such that if a drive fails during 5 cycles we won’t ship it. Luckily, all 20 of 20 drives we tested last night passed. In fact, most of the 3TB drives we test every week passed this test. Why is that a big deal? Because there is a calculation floating around out there that shows when reading a full 3TB drive there is a 21.3% chance of getting an unrecoverable read error. Clearly the commonly used probability equation isn’t modeling reality. To me this raises red flags on previous work discussing the viability of both stand alone SATA drives and large RAID arrays. Continue reading


Backup to Cloud – 17 Tips for Doing it Right

by Darren McBride

Backing up to the cloud makes a lot of sense.  There are a broad spectrum of vendors and prices and we always like to encourage people to do both local and cloud backup (hybrid cloud).  I think the cloud vendors … Continue reading


Apple co-founder Wozniak: Add Local Disk to your Backup Strategy

by Darren McBride

Industry visionaries are concerned about storing everything in the cloud.  Besides the numerous outages we’ve seen over the last few years concern is growing about the liability and ownership issues.  In this article Apple Co-founder Wozniak says “I really worry about … Continue reading


Grab your Data and Go – Removable Disk Backup Systems

by Darren McBride

Joseph Walker, a writer for SMBNation and an IT consultant recently wrote an article about supplementing a backup strategy with local backup that can be pulled and taken with you in an emergency.  Removable disk backup systems provide a way … Continue reading


Removable Disk Backup for the other 60% of businesses

by Tom Hoops

Sage software, a leading provider of business management software recently determined that 60% of small businesses don’t “offsite” their data.  The study, discussed here says that while nearly all U.S. small businesses back up critical financial data, 6 in 10 don’t get … Continue reading


High-Rely.com Hits Number 2 on Google for Removable Drive Backup Systems

by Darren McBride

Highly Reliable Systems announced that their website has moved into Google’s coveted #2 slot behind HP for the term “Removable Disk Backup Systems”. “Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and natural search is important to any business. We wanted our customers to … Continue reading


BNAS platform featured on StorageNewsletter.com

by Darren McBride

This press release is from storagenewsletter.com Highly Reliable Systems Shipping Backup and DR NAS Appliance With removable drives, starting at $1,889 Highly Reliable Systems, Inc. is shipping mirroring backup NAS appliances based on Windows Storage Server called the BNAS 401 Series.The units … Continue reading


SMART hard drive failure status – “OK (Prefail)” may simply mean “old”

by Darren McBride

Modern SATA hard drives have internal counters for soft errors, number of hours run, power cycles etc.  These counters were originally intended to help predict hard drive failure.  The SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) data  can be accessed through … Continue reading


See us at CompTIA Breakaway 2012

by Darren McBride

Come see us at CompTIA Breakaway 2012 in Las Vegas July 30-Aug 2nd .   See our new NetSwap Plus Mirroring NAS platforms used to supplement your cloud strategy with an on-site mirrored removable drive. Also on display will be the … Continue reading


Removable Drive Backup Appliances Released

by Darren McBride

Highly Reliable Systems announced today Friday July 13, 2012 on PRNewswire that they are shipping 1, 2, & 4 bay mirroring backup NAS appliances called NetSwap Plus. “Most Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliances try to be all things to all … Continue reading


Backing up Hyper-V Virtual Machines with Windows Server Backup

by Darren McBride

Saving money on backup software is always a welcome idea.  The backup that comes with Windows Server 2008 can work for some people and can create a “snapshot” of your server hard drive to standard .VHD files.  The software works … Continue reading


One Product for both Storage and Backup

by Darren McBride

One question we get with mirroring products such as the 2 bay High-Rely, the FirstRAID, or the Netswap Plus is whether they can be used for both storage and backup.  The answer is a qualified “Yes”.  The idea is one … Continue reading


Can Using Encryption Destroy Your Backup?

by Darren McBride

With all the talk about backup to the cloud, we wanted to take a moment to discuss the encryption that is always part of that backup strategy.  Most encryption methods assume the underlying hardware is good.  But given that as … Continue reading


4TB Hard Drives Now Shipping

by Darren McBride

Although 4TB hard drives have been around for several months in external enclosures, Hitachi and Seagate recently made internal drives available to us.  We have tested these drives and certified certain models for use in High-Rely products.  We’re rolling them … Continue reading


Advantages of Removable Drive vs Tape

by Darren McBride


Using Removable Drives for Softwareless Backup

by Tom Hoops

Highly Reliable System’s 2 bay High-Rely, RAIDFrame, MPac, and FirstRAID removable drives allow users unique backup possibilities.  This paper discusses softwareless and automatically redundant backup strategies. The 2 bay High-Rely, RaidFrame, and FirstRAID all have Automatic Mirror Technology (AMT).  AMT devices don’t require special … Continue reading


Removable Drives or Cloud?

by Darren McBride

Removable drives or cloud for backup? We’d really recommend both!  One of the promises of cloud based applications is 99.xxxx uptime.  With the possible exception of salesforce.com and outsourced e-mail, no cloud application is more popular than backup.  But the … Continue reading


Storing Raw Removable Disk. The 4 Drive Archival Case

by Alejandro Castillo

Is Storing Raw Removable Disk in your Archive or Backup Strategy? High-Rely 4-Drive Archival Cases provide protection  for raw removable disks. The popularity of backing up to “raw” removable hard drives has lead to the release of these stackable, 4 … Continue reading


Make Sure Your Removable Drive is Securely Erased

by Kelley Kirtley

A recent report points out significant privacy issues with electronic storage devices that could include removable drives, tablets, cameras and other devices. The study, which was conducted by Laplink and O&O Software out of Germany tested 160 randomly purchased used … Continue reading


Backup to SSD. Pros and Cons

by Darren McBride

Lately we’ve been hearing a lot about Solid State Disk (SSD) AKA Flash or NAND chips.  Flash technology that make solid state disks possible is increasing both the speed and density of conventional storage.  Every day a new article or … Continue reading


Proper Drive Swapping can increase hard drive life!

by Tom Hoops

Hard drives are most vulnerable to physical damage when they are powered on and spinning.  To help avoid experiencing a premature hard drive failure in your backup media, please use the following procedures when you’re swapping your media: If using … Continue reading


Why is my Removable Disk Backup Slow?

by Darren McBride

Removable Disk Backup Slow?  Here are common reasons for slow removable disk backup in a bullet list.  Scroll down or click to page jump to detailed explanations and suggestions. You Forgot to turn off Your Anti-virus software during backup. Your drive(s) … Continue reading


The Reliability of using Removable Drives and Mirroring.

by Tom Hoops

Customer Question:  We plan to use the 2 Bay Premier as a target for a continuous backup (either Appasure or ShadowProtect) as described in your recent blog post on mirroring removable drives.  Basically, the backup job would continuously run (every … Continue reading


What Type of Hard Drive Provides the Most Reliable and Fastest Backup?

by Darren McBride

Due to higher density and reliability, SATA drives are taking on more types of workloads, including those required for reliable and fastest backup.  Some people remember the large hard drive study Google did in 2007 essentially showing no difference in … Continue reading


Symantec Sues VEEAM and Acronis over Drive imaging

by Kelley Kirtley

Drive imaging has become a way of life for those who want fast backup to our removable drive products.  We like the idea of allowing our customers to choose their favorite software.  Those choices may become more limited or costly … Continue reading


Removable Drive Support for Imaging: Symantec, Acronis, ShadowProtect, Appasure etc.

by Darren McBride

How does Automatic Mirroring Technology (AMT) help you to provide removable drive support for imaging software?  What if you need to create extra local data copies, and still support continuous incremental images (including consolidating or collapsing those incremental chains by … Continue reading


The RAIDFrame gets a USB 3.0 port!

by Darren McBride

We recently added USB 3.0 connections to the 1 and 5 bay RAIDFrame.  These units now have BOTH eSATA and USB 3.0/2.0 connections.


Understanding Deduplication and Single Instance Storage

by Darren McBride

The new Workstation Backup Appliance is a Windows based NAS with a removable drive that includes software to backup windows and Mac workstations.  One of the key features in this product is file level deduplication.  This feature was written for … Continue reading


Highly Reliable Systems launches new website!

by Tom Hoops

January 23, 2012, Highly Reliable Systems launched it’s new website.  Our more visual, updated look is easier to navigate and presents our products better.  We hope our new site helps you find the removable backup solution you’re seeking.  From the … Continue reading


Slow Backup? Try ShadowProtect

by Darren McBride

One of the most common problems we hear is that a full backup takes longer than one night to complete (The slow backup problem).  Here at Highly Reliable Systems, we’ve tested a variety of backup software and have found that … Continue reading


12TB Removable Backup Cartridges based on 4TB drives Pass Certification Testing

by Derry Bryson

Highly Reliable Systems announced that their RAIDFrame DAS (Direct Attached Storage) backup system will support 4TB hard drives. Unlike conventional RAID storage with removable drives, the RAIDFrame makes an entire 3 drive RAID array, along with its controller, a removable … Continue reading


How to Boot Directly from High-Rely Removable Disk into Shadow Protect Recovery Environment

by Andrew Krater

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Ben Franklin One of the more popular backup software packages is StorageCraft’s ShadowProtect. This document discusses preparing an emergency recovery environment using that software that will work with any … Continue reading


Workstation Backup Appliance Dedupes for Under $900

by Josh Infiesto

Highly Reliable Systems, Reno NV announced that they are shipping a NAS with an integrated removable drive based on Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008R2 Essentials. The “Workstation Backup Appliance” (WBA), has 2TB of deduped internal storage, along with Microsoft software to … Continue reading


FirstRAID DAS gets USB3 port, increased mirror speed, Windows Software Management

by Alejandro Castillo

Highly Reliable Systems, Reno NV announced that they are shipping the fourth generation of their FirstRAID appliance in 4 sizes: 2TB, 3TB, 8TB and 12TB. The first two models automatically mirror the RAID5 array to a removable drive. Up to … Continue reading


RAIDPac sets world Record

by Josh Infiesto

Highly Reliable Systems has announced a high performance, high capacity backup system based on a RAID5 removable cartridge. Each removable “RAIDPac” used by the RAIDFrame enclosures holds up to 9 Terabytes (TB) of uncompressed data (15TB compressed) on a single … Continue reading


Why Tape Backup Doesn’t Work for Data Storage

by Darren McBride

Through the course of a long career I have worked with many types of tape backup appliances, and consider myself a reasonably knowledgeable user of these systems. I have come to believe that tape does not belong in any serious backup strategy if any other data storage alternative can be found. Admittedly, in some cases the cost of tape per Gigabyte of storage can’t be beat, but the cost savings are often artificial when you consider the massive amount of human effort wasted struggling with a tape backup or restore that doesn’t work. Continue reading