How to Export all Excel Worksheets as CSV

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How to Export all Excel Worksheets as CSV

I recently went on a hunt to try to figure out a way to export all my worksheets in an Excel document to CSV.  The need arose simply out of frustration.  Instead of copying cells and pasting as values into a new workbook, then saving as CSV, I wanted a simple and logical approach that could save me time and frustration.

Well, luckily a couple of folks hijacked an Excel thread and provided a simple Macro that can do the job quickly and easily.  Unfortunately, the original Macro dumped everything into the folder the Excel Workbook resided in. With a small modification, it now exports all CSV files into a sub-directory “CSV”.

Public Sub SaveAllSheetsAsCSV()
On Error GoTo Heaven

' each sheet reference
Dim Sheet As Worksheet
' path to output to
Dim OutputPath As String
' name of each csv
Dim OutputFile As String

Application.ScreenUpdating = False
Application.DisplayAlerts = False
Application.EnableEvents = False

' Save the file in current director
OutputPath = ThisWorkbook.Path

    Dim strDir As String
    strDir = OutputPath & "\CSV\"
    If Dir(strDir, vbDirectory) = "" Then
        MkDir strDir
    End If

If OutputPath <> "" Then
Application.Calculation = xlCalculationManual

' save for each sheet
For Each Sheet In Sheets

    OutputFile = OutputPath & "\CSV\" & Application.PathSeparator & Sheet.Name & ".csv"

    ' make a copy to create a new book with this sheet
    ' otherwise you will always only get the first sheet

    ' this copy will now become active
     ActiveWorkbook.SaveAs Filename:=OutputFile, FileFormat:=xlCSV, CreateBackup:=False

Application.Calculation = xlCalculationAutomatic

End If

Application.ScreenUpdating = True
Application.DisplayAlerts = True
Application.EnableEvents = True

Exit Sub

MsgBox "Couldn't save all sheets to CSV." & vbCrLf & _
        "Source: " & Err.Source & " " & vbCrLf & _
        "Number: " & Err.Number & " " & vbCrLf & _
        "Description: " & Err.Description & " " & vbCrLf

GoTo Finally
End Sub

Credit to Alex, Graham, and Vivek for the original Macro



Mimoco® Announces Star Wars X MimoPowerBot™ Battery Chargers

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Mimoco® Announces Star Wars X MimoPowerBot™ Battery Chargers

At CE Week 2014 (Booth #169 in the iLounge), Mimoco, the Boston-based consumer electronics design studio, is proud to announce the Star Wars x MimoPowerBot™ line of backup batteries for smartphones, tablets, and other 5V USB-powered devices.

MimoPowerBot is Mimoco’s newest tech’cessory, originally hatched on Kickstarter where fans were invited to preorder the product concept expanding upon Mimoco’s character-based spin on designer electronic accessories.

Renowned for the MIMOBOT® collection of designer USB flash drives and eight Star Wars x MIMOBOT series, yielding more than 30 different stylized Star Wars characters in the form meets function electronic line, Mimoco’s newest crossover collaboration with Lucas Licensing continues the trend of pioneering licensed electronics.

The Star Wars x MimoPowerBot line kicks off with a pair of fan-favorite characters: the loveable droid, R2-D2; and the Empire’s own Sith lord, Darth Vader.

Both Star Wars x MimoPowerBot styles will be powered with a 5200mAh capacity lithium-ion battery with a 2.1A output for fast universal charging of tablets, smartphones, and other 5V USB-powered devices. The MimoPowerBot can charge a smartphone up to 3 times on a single charge and will serve as a trusty companion on long intergalactic trips to keep one’s device powered up while on-the-go.

In addition to the Star Wars crossover products, Mimoco is also showcasing at their CE Week booth their original Bloohvian and Animobotz designs, as well as the Adventure Time x MimoPowerBot collection. The full MimoPowerBot line will ship in time for holiday 2014, alongside the currently available MimoPowerTube assortment also on display in the Mimoco booth.

For more info, please visit Mimoco.com and prelaunch.com where Mimoco is currently accepting preorders for the new Star Wars x MimoPowerBot line.

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In-home Consumer Electronics Multiply but Electricity Usage per Home Falls

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In-home Consumer Electronics Multiply but Electricity Usage per Home Falls

Despite their significantly higher market penetration in U.S. homes, consumer electronics (CE) now account for a lower percentage of electricity usage per household than they did three years ago, according to new research released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. The study Energy Consumption of Consumer Electronics in U.S. Homes in 2013 says CE devices accounted for just 12 percent of residential electricity consumption in the U.S. last year, a nine percent drop from their energy consumption share in 2010 (13.2 percent).

“This comprehensive assessment of CE energy consumption is a significant contribution to the understanding of energy efficiency trends within our industry,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. “Rapid changes in the energy consumption characteristics of high-tech devices make it essential to develop up-to-date and accurate assessments of energy usage. And it’s clear the energy efficiency improvements for consumer electronics are best driven by innovation, competition, voluntary agreements and programs such as ENERGY STAR.”

Within CE’s 12 percent share of total residential energy consumption in 2013, televisions accounted for 30 percent, set-top boxes 18 percent and computers 13 percent. While televisions continue to be the most widely owned CE device in the U.S. with 97 percent household penetration in 2013, their unit energy consumption is declining due to innovations in display technologies. The total annual electricity consumption of televisions dropped 23 percent from 2010, as efficiency levels increased and the use of cathode ray tube (analog) televisions declined.

“The Environmental Protection Agency applauds the electronics industry for the efficiency innovation that underlies the findings of this new study,” said Ann Bailey, director of the ENERGY STAR Products Program. “This is further evidence that American consumers don’t have to sacrifice to save energy and help protect the climate.”

“Long-standing programs like ENERGY STAR and new-model approaches such as the recent set-top box voluntary agreement prove that energy efficiency is best achieved when the public and private sectors work together,” said Doug Johnson, vice president of technology policy at CEA. “In the rapidly-changing world of electronics devices and high-tech products, these voluntary and market-driven approaches are the only methods that can keep pace with technology, protect innovation and competition, and still achieve efficiency goals. If older data is used to analyze potential energy policy decisions, such as voluntary or mandatory regulatory programs, it can lead to less effective policy decisions that may not achieve the end goals.”

This is the third major study CEA has commissioned to quantify the electricity consumption of CE in U.S. households. The two prior studies focused on CE in homes in 2006 and 2010. The latest study covers 17 priority products comprising 80 percent of the residential energy use of consumer electronics, plus an additional 29 other products that make up the remaining 20 percent. Relative to other energy end uses, the CE end-use characteristics typically change very quickly due to innovation and shorter product cycles.

According to the study, U.S. households were actively using nearly 3.8 billion CE devices in 2013 spanning 46 discrete technology categories and consuming an estimated 169 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity. The prior study reported 2.9 billion devices were in use in 2010 across 35 discrete technology categories and consumed an estimated 193 TWh.

“As the Alliance pursues the goal of doubling energy productivity in the U.S. by 2030, it’s essential that we understand and account for energy-use trends and efficiency gains across all industry sectors, including electronics,” said Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy. “We applaud CEA for its commitment to accuracy in conducting and sharing these studies, which provide invaluable insight to both policymakers and the broader energy efficiency community.”

“Good energy-efficiency policy depends on having good and current data,” said Assembly Member Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), chairman of the California Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee. “Especially for the fast-moving, innovative consumer electronics industry, it’s crucial for policy makers to understand the latest energy and technology trends in order to recognize the best policy approaches.”

The study was produced by the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems to quantify the electricity consumption of CE products in U.S. households in 2013. Devices covered in-depth in the study include televisions, game consoles, set-top boxes (cable, satellite, telco and stand-alone), computers and peripherals, computer speakers, monitors, home audio, smart phones, tablets and networking equipment.

For a comprehensive look at the CE industry’s ongoing efforts toward improved sustainability and efficiency, please see The Consumer Electronics Association 2013 Sustainability Report. CEA also supports consumer education on energy efficiency and e-cycling via the website GreenerGadgets.org, where consumers can calculate their approximate home energy usage with the Consumer Electronics Energy Calculator and find tips to help reduce their energy costs.

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at CE.org, DeclareInnovation.com and through social media.


QNAP TS-470 Review

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QNAP TS-470 Review

If you are hunting around for your next (or first) NAS, you have plenty to pick from. With countless options, NAS makers are hard at work trying to ramp up their products and are jockeying for the number 1 spot on your short list. It seems like only yesterday that QNAP had introduced their X69(L) lineup and already we are being greeted by a more powerful X70 lineup. For the last few months, we have been putting QNAP’s TS-470 to work in our office… the real question is, is it deserving of your hard-earned money?

With upgraded hardware and a few new tricks up its sleeve, it may be high time you started to consider an upgrade. So, when QNAP packed a bunch of new features and hardware into the same frame and slapped a +1 on the title. What do you get? A shiny new NAS with some very nice specs.

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This new big brother on the block sports a Dual-Core Intel 2.6 GHz Processor (Intel Celeron G550), it now has 2GB of RAM, and there are now a total of 4 Ethernet ports available to you straight out of the box.  Upgrade easily to 10GBE support with an optional QNAP card if it strikes your fancy!

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Similar to the other NAS in the QNAP portfolio, this NAS benefits from the same QNAP firmware, QTS 4. QTS 4 is jam-packed with features and easy to navigate. Right out of the box you get: FTP Server, File Server, Backup Center, Web Server, Radius Server, Syslog Server, Printer Server, Surveillance Station, VPN Server, LDAP Server, Proxy Server, Music Station, Photo Station, Video Station, DJ Station, Cloud Access via MyCloudNAS, Mobile Applications, and Much More. Enhancing the already functional NAS is easy with QNAP QPKGs.

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New with the TS-470 is the expansion system. This NAS supports online capacity expansion by connecting multiple QNAP RAID expansion enclosures to meet the needs of growing business data. With the QNAP scale-up solution, raw storage capacity can be expanded to hundreds of Terabytes gradually. It is especially useful for large data applications, such as data archiving, virtualization, TV broadcast storage, surveillance video storage, and HUGE movie libraries!

The maximum raw storage capacity available by connecting RAID expansion enclosures:

Turbo NAS Model RAID Expansion Enclosure No. of RAID Expansion Enclosures Total HDD No.
(NAS + Enclosures)
Max. Raw Capacity (TB)
TS-470 REXP-1600U-RP 2 36 180
1 20 100
REXP-1200U-RP 2 28 140
1 16 80

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QNAP’s new Intelligent Storage Manager provides a secure and flexible way to manage volumes with features like storage pooling, thin provisioning with space reclaim, block-level iSCSI LUN, and online capacity expansion. Everything is presented to you neatly and efficiently; making management a straight forward and oddly enjoyable experience. Speeding things up with SSD caching is now possible; boosting IOPS and operational efficiency for those with disk thrashing needs.

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Outside of the new online capacity expansion and upgraded hardware, there are still those familiar QNAP elements living within the TS-470. This NAS maintains a similar appearance to all the others in the QNAP lineup. In fact, the TS-470 and the TS-469L are the same size, both measure in at 177x180x235. The TS-470 weighs in a bit heavier at a hair over 10lbs, but you aren’t supposed to carry this thing around with you.

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QNAP outfits this NAS with their standard blue back-lit LCD display up front, 4 locking drive trays, an enter and select button, an IR receiver, HDD LEDs, Status indicators, a Power button, the familiar One Touch Backup button, and a single USB 2.0 port. I am not exactly sure why QNAP chose to outfit this NAS with a USB 2.0 port up front as I would rather not have to spin the unit around to connect a much faster USB 3.0 device for backup.

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Around back you have audio connectivity, two eSATA ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a lock, cooling fan, power supply, and a total of four Ethernet ports to satisfy all your bandwidth hungry applications.

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The TS-470 features the same unnumbered locking hard drive trays found in many other QNAP models. This allows you to move drives around from NAS to NAS without having to remove the hard drives from the drive trays. This NAS supports drives up to 6TB in size and hard drive transfer speeds up to 6GB/s. RAID options are plentiful: Single Disk, JBOD, RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 5 + Hot Spare .  The benefits and drawbacks of unnumbered drive trays is almost immediately apparent.  Great for quickly swapping drives in and out from other QNAP NAS… horrible when you took them all out and can’t remember which went where.

Under the hood, the QNAP doesn’t occupy much space.

First the easy part, QNAP has outfitted the TS-470 with a 250W Power Supply produced by the FSP group and is 80 Plus Bronze Certified. The 80 Plus certification program is intended to promote more efficient energy use in PSUs. It certifies products that have more than 80% energy efficiency at 20%, 50% and 100% of rated load, and a power factor of 0.9 or greater at 100% load. Certified PSUs will waste 20% or less electric energy at load levels, reducing consumption.

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The additional Gigabit Ethernet ports are provided by an add-in card. QNAP has outfitted this system with a card stamped N82575-G2. A quick internet search yielded very little, but we were able to find a similar accessory on QNAP’s TS-470 page.

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QNAP doesn’t directly state that the RAM in the TS-470 is upgradable on its product page, but there is an open and available memory slot just waiting to be occupied. Finding it is easy. To get to it you have to do a bit of surgery. In fact, you have to take the ENTIRE NAS apart.  In case you were wondering, yes this will void your warranty. The process is time-consuming and, to be honest with you, quite an annoyance. You have to remove the PSU, the Ethernet Card, remove the back of the NAS, the backplane, and finally the motherboard. This process gives us a good look at what the TS-470 is made of.

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The Intel Celeron G550 CPU is cooled by a rather large and awkward heatsink. Two separate sets of fins are joined by heatpipes. While no direct airflow cools the primary heatsink, the secondary is fixed directly behind the fan in the rear of the unit.

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Sound is handled by a dated Realtek ALC662 5.1 Channel Audio Codec. HDMI, by Asmedia ASM1442.  Although this wouldn’t be my first choice, it can do the job delivering 5.1 audio efficiently and accurately supporting a sampling rate of up to 96kHz.

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Accompanying your QNAP NAS is a suite of software, Qfinder, Netback Replicator, MyQNAPCloud Connect, QSync, QGet, QSnap, and a vSphere Plugin client.

myQNAPcloud Connect helps you access the published services of the Turbo NAS quickly and securely on the Internet. myQNAPcloud Connect application is designed for Windows PC users. By installing the myQNAPcloud Connect, you will be able to connect to the Turbo NAS and easily manage files by drag-and-drop within the Windows Explorer.

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Qfinder is a utility that starts the process of getting your NAS ready. Not only does it identify the QNAP devices that reside on your network, it is capable of configuring the device for those of you that don’t want to get into the nitty-gritty right off the bat. Once fired up, the software shows the hostname, the IP Address, your firmware version, the model, the MAC Address, and whether or not your firmware is up to date. After highlighting a device, first time configuration is as easy as pressing the configure button.

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The Quick Setup Wizard will take over and guide you through the process in a series of simple steps.

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Once the configuration has started, a web browser will direct you to a page that allows you to select from two options, Auto Setup and Manual Setup. We always choose Manual Setup…

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The installation, from here on out, is broken down into 6 categories:

  1. Name/Password
  2. Date/Time
  3. Network
  4. Services
  5. Disk
  6. Summary

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After you have decided on the manner in which the TS-470 should function, there are a series of screens that cycle through to help entertain and educate you about your purchase while you wait for the process to complete.

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Once the wizard has completed the initial configuration of your new NAS, you are quickly redirected to the web GUI. The interface hasn’t changed from other models and everything is right where you’d expect it to be. Administration is as easy as 1,2,3. Adding users, groups, and shares can be accomplished in a matter of minutes.

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The QNAP Desktop is all about easy. The various icons are iOS’ish and provide a clear indication as to their purpose. Up top, you have quick access to various NAS functions. From left to right, the three bars on the left hide a fly out menu, the Home button with hostname shows the desktop when clicked, you have task-bar for open applications, a go to myqnap cloud button, indicator for background tasks (such as backup schedules), external devices (like battery backups and printers), Event Notification, your logged in user, search, resources, language, and finally desktop preferences.

Under the logged in user, you have quick access to your wallpaper preferences, you last login time, changing your password, logging out, as well as power functions for the NAS (sleep, restart, shutdown).

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General Administration is broken down into 4 major sections. All of which have a number of subsections with tons of configurable items.

  1. System Settings
  2. Privilege Settings
  3. Network Services
  4. Applications

System Settings is where you will configure all the basic elements of your NAS.

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General Settings:

  • System Administration: Server Name, System Port, hide features like Photo Station, enable SSL
  • Time: Adjust the date, time, and time zone according to the location of the NAS
  • Daylight Savings Time
  • Codepage: Select the filename encoding for non-Unicode file name conversion
  • Password Strength: Specify the password rules
  • Login Screen: Select a template for the login screen

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Storage manager: Manage volumes and RAID systems, monitor the health of hard drives, encrypt and decrypt file systems, and configure iSCSI systems  and virtual disks with Storage Manager.

  • Volume Management: This page shows the model, size, and current status of the hard drives on the NAS
  • RAID Management
  • Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T: Monitor the hard disk drives (HDD) health, temperature, and the usage status by HDD S.M.A.R.T.
  • Encrypted File System
  • iSCSI
  • Virtual Disk: You can use this function to add the iSCSI targets of other QNAP NAS or storage servers to the NAS as the virtual disks for storage capacity expansion.

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Network: This is your where you find your NAS communication skills. You can quick access to link status, configure port trunking, wifi, IPv6, Bind services to specific interfaces, configure a proxy, and enable a Dynamic DNS service. This is useful if you don’t use QNAP’s cloud solution.

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  • Security Level: Specify the IP address or the network domain from which the connections to the NAS are allowed or denied.
  • Network Access Protection: The network access protection enhances system security and prevents unwanted intrusion. You can block an IP for a certain period of time or forever if the IP fails to login the NAS from a particular connection method.
  • Certificate & Private Key: You can upload a secure certificate issued by a trusted provider.


  • General: Enable Configuration Rest switch, Hard disk standby mode, Enable write cache.
  • Buzzer: Enable alarm buzzer for operations or events
  • Smart Fan: Enable smart fan or manually configure


  • EuP Mode Configuration: EuP (also Energy-using Products) is a European Union (EU) directive designed to improve the energy efficiency of electrical devices, reduce use of hazardous substances, increase ease of product recycling, and improve environment-friendliness of the product.
  • Wake-on-LAN: Turn on this option to allow the users to power on the NAS remotely by Wake on LAN.
  • Power Recovery: Configure the NAS to resume to the previous power-on or power-off status, turn on, or remain off when the AC power resumes after a power outage.
  • Power Schedule: Specify the schedule for automatic system power on, power off, or restart. Weekdays stand for Monday to Friday; weekend stands for Saturday and Sunday. Up to 15 schedules can be set.


  • SMTP Server: Configure the SMTP server settings to send email messages.
  • SMSC Server: Configure the SMS server settings to send SMS messages to the specified phone number(s) from the NAS.
  • Alert Notification: Alert Notification settings

Firmware update:

  • Live Update: Download updates in install
  • Firmware Update: upload an update for install

Backup / Restore:

  • Backup / Restore Settings: To back up all the settings, including the user accounts, server name, network configuration and so on, click “Backup” and select to open or save the setting file.
  • Restore to Factory Default: To reset all the system settings to default

External Device:

  • External Storage: configure a storage devices connected to the NAS
  • USB Printer: Use your NAS as a print server for non-networked printers.
  • UPS: Enable UPS Support

System Status:

  • System Information
  • Network Status
  • System Service
  • Hardware Information
  • Resource Monitor

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System Logs:

  • System Event Logs
  • System Connection Logs
  • Online Users
  • Syslog Client Management

Privilege Settings: This is where you would create users and groups, create shared folders and manage permissions, and set quotas

  • Users:
  • User Groups: A user group is a collection of users with the same access right to the files or folders.
  • Shared Folders: You can create multiple network shares on the NAS and specify the access rights of the users and user groups to the shares.
  • Quota: Specify the quota that can be used by each user.
  • Domain Security: Set Active Directory or LDAP authentication

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Network Services:

  • Win/Mac/NFS:
    • Microsoft Networking:
    • Apple Networking:
    • NFS Service:
  • FTP
  • Telnet/SSH
  • SNMP Settings
  • Service Discovery
  • Network Recycle Bin: The Network Recycle Bin keeps the deleted files on the NAS
  • Qsync: Qsync is a cloud based file synchronization service


  • Station Manager
    • Photo Station
    • Music station
    • Multimedia Station
    • File Station
    • Download Station
    • Surveillance Station
  • iTunes Server
  • DLNA Media Server: Twonky
  • Multimedia Management
  • Transcode Management
  • Web Server: Even virtual hosts
  • LDAP Server
  • VPN Service
  • MySQL Server
  • Syslog Server
  • Antivirus: Clamd
  • RADIUS Server
  • TFTP Server

To take a test drive of the QNAP Firmware visit: http://www.qnap.com/en/index.php?lang=en&sn=3541

If you want to do more than just use your NAS for Storage, QNAP packs a ton of extra stuff into these units.

The QTS Photo Station introduces a new user interface that helps manage your photo collections intuitively. You can easily upload photos, create albums, change the display mode, set up slide shows, tag photos, add descriptions, and set up sharing through email, social networking sites or a sharing link.

Features include:

  • Drag and Drop
  • Virtual Albums
  • Smart Photo Albums
  • Sharing
  • Logon with Facebook

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Music Station is your personal music center in the cloud. With simple clicks, you can enjoy your extensive music collection anywhere. All your music collection on the Turbo NAS is well-organized and easily accessed through the web browser.

Features include:

  • Internet Radio Stations
  • Sharing

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The video station allows you to archive and store your personal video collection easily.  You can access your videos from anywhere and share them with friends/family.

Notable Mentions:

  • Download Station: If for some reason you didn’t want to download files to your PC or from your PC, you could do so via the Download Station.  Support for FTP, Bit Torrent, HTTP, RapidShare, and my favorite… Magnet links.
  • File Station: Access the files on your NAS from anywhere
  • HD Station: With QNAP HD Station you can enjoy a Full HD movie experience on the big-screen TV via HDMI and my absolute favorite bit of software, XBMC.

That just scratches the surface!  You also have all the applications available to you from the App Center.  The App Center is an easy way to install more than 100 applications to extend your NAS functionality.

Check em’ all out: QNAP App Center

It is a given that using your NAS should be easy, and it is also a given that your NAS should perform well in serving up your files. After all, this is basically what the devices is intended for. To benchmark the NAS, we run synthetic benchmarks as well as benchmark some real world activities.

NAS Benchmarking Hardware & Methodology details hardware used & methodology for conducting benchmarks.
To see how this NAS compares to others, please visit our NAS Benchmarking Database

For testing the large file transfer speed of the NAS, we transfer a 46.6GB Blu-Ray ISO (Avatar) from the workstation to the NAS and back five times. We pipe the transfer speeds during the benchmark to a .csv file for charting. For more on our Avatar Benchmark please see our Benchmarking application: COD Benchmarking Utility

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For testing the transfer speed of the NAS with smaller files, we use the same method as the Avatar test but instead create two hundred individual MP3′s of specific file sizes for repeatable results. The files are copied from the workstation to the NAS and back 5 times. We pipe the transfer speeds during the benchmark to a .csv file for charting.

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For testing the large file transfer speed of the NAS, we transfer a 2GB file from the workstation to the NAS and back five times. We pipe the transfer speeds during the benchmark to a .csv file for charting.

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For further benchmarking, we test each NAS using Intel’s NAS Performance Toolkit to rate 2 key areas of NAS performance. We measure File Copy speeds to and from the NAS and the Directory Copy speeds to and from the NAS. System RAM is set to 2048MB of RAM to ensure there is no mem caching for transfers.

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For benchmarking the performance of iSCIS, we created an iSCSI connection to the NAS and benchmark the NAS using Intel’s IOMeter. IOMeter has to be one of the most widely used software packages for benchmarking disks. There are an endless number of ways you can build a benchmark, but we chose to limit our benchmarking to 100 percent Sequential Read and Write then 100 percent Random Read and Write. You can emulate our benchmarking by using the following configuration

‘size % of size % reads % writes % sequential % random delay burst align reply
2,097,152 100 100 0 100 0 0 1 0 0
2,097,152 100 0 100 100 0 0 1 0 0
2,097,152 100 100 0 0 100 0 1 0 0
2,097,152 100 0 100 0 100 0 1 0 0
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CrystalDiskMark is another benchmarking utility that determines speeds by measuring 512KB, 4KB, and 4KB (Queue Depth 32) sequential and random read and write speeds. Test data can be Random, 0Fill, and 1Fill. For our purposes, we left the test at Random.

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For me, when I think about what QNAP produces in its NAS lineup, it really can be easily represented by comparing them to fine automobiles. Yes, you can get good performance and good looks from an inexpensive automobile brand like Ford, Chevy, and Hyundai, but QNAP finds itself in the Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, etc classification. Although the inexpensive brands have high-end models, the Mercs, Beamers, and Porsches are just different, more refined and more… fabulous.

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When you really start to evaluate where QNAP has taken us with the TS-470, it is quite impressive. This 4 bay NAS is loaded with features and is an absolute rocket when it comes to reading and writing data. All while maintaining a small footprint and a low overall power consumption (Sleep mode: 23.9W, In Operation: 38.4W). The suite of applications that accompany the TS-470 and the host of apps available for install provides you with plenty of flexibility. The TS-470 and its dual core processor, its four Gigabit Ethernet ports, and its 2GB of RAM provides the framework for a well-balanced and powerful network attached storage device ready to satisfy your business or multimedia needs.

Bottom line, at nearly $1000.00, is this NAS worth buying over another, less expensive, alternative? Yes. QNAP has put together a string of high quality NAS over the years. Their hardware is well manufactured, their firmware is easy to use and robust, their applications make utilizing the various functions that your NAS can perform much easier, their support forums are loaded with knowledgeable people ready to steer you in the right direction, and their support hasn’t let me down yet.

With the introduction of the new TS-470 QNAP has raised the bar.  With that, we have only one thing left to do.

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Can’t Remove a Partition? Use DiskPart

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Can’t Remove a Partition? Use DiskPart

If you have ever removed a hard drive from a system and installed it in another, you may have run into a situation before where you are unable to delete some of the partitions on the drive.  This usually happens when you remove the hard drive from a system made by Dell, Acer, Samsung, etc.  The partitions you are unable to remove are usually designated for system restore and the like.  Well, getting rid of those partitions is easier than you think.  All you need is a command line and a cup of coffee, coffee optional.

The partition is the problem, DiskPart is the solution.  DiskPart is a command line utility integrated into Windows that allows you to manage disks, partitions, or volumes.  We could spend a day on all the things you can accomplish with DiskPart, but we are just going to focus on removing those stubborn partitions.

First, you will need to open a command prompt as administrator.

Windows 7

  1. Use the search function in the start menu and find Command Prompt.
  2. Right click and choose Run as Administrator

Windows 8

  1. From the Metro UI or the Modern UI (Microsoft ditched the term Metro and replaced it with Modern) search for the Command Prompt by simply typing Command Prompt
  2. Right click and choose Run as Administrator

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With the command prompt open start DiskPart, enter the command below and press Enter


You should notice that you no longer see C:\Windows\…, instead you now see DISKPART>

To choose the disk you want to remove the partitions from you need to figure out what disk number it is from the system view, enter the command below and press Enter.

list disk

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We know that our primary SSD in this system is 256GB and is assigned as Disk 1, so the other disk is the one we want. To choose that disk, enter the command below and press Enter

select disk 0

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To view the partitions on the drive, enter the command below and press Enter

list partition

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Choose your stubborn partition(s) by entering the command below and pressing Enter.  For our purposes here, it is partition 1.

select partition 1

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Deleting the partition is as simple as entering the command below.

delete partition override

You should be prompted with:

DiskPart successfully deleted the selected partition.

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Repeat for all partitions you can’t remove using Disk Management and you are done.  Enjoy!


Lian Li Releases PC-B16 and PC-A61 Brushed Aluminum Mid-Tower Chassis

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Lian Li Releases PC-B16 and PC-A61 Brushed Aluminum Mid-Tower Chassis

Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces the release of PC-B16 and PC-A61 – two new brushed aluminum mid-tower chassis featuring a modular 5.25” cage and removable HDD bays, allowing for maximum customization.

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These two models share the same spacious internal design – with the PC-B16 focusing on silent operation.

HDD/SSD Mounting System Adapts to Users’ Needs

Both the PC-B16 and PC-A61, 59.7L and 57.5L respectively, boast Lian Li’s tool-less HDD bay system, allowing DIY builders to mount either a 3.5” or 2.5” drive on the six individually removable hard drive bays. To free up space or to enhance airflow from the two front 120mm fans, all six bays can be removed with the twist of a few thumbscrews.

The 5.25” cage which houses three 5.25” bays is completely modular, giving builders flexibility to use the space as they see fit. An additional 2.5” can also be mounted behind the motherboard tray.

The Monolithic PC-B16

The silence-oriented PC-B16 allows for a high performance system that is audibly invisible. Sound-absorbing foam lines the side panels, top panel and the lockable front door.

House Big Hardware

CPU coolers up to 170mm (6.7”) in height and power supplies up to 280mm (11”) in length are supported. VGA cards up to 420mm (16.5”) comfortably fit inside the PC-B16 and PC-A16.

Both chassis have 30mm (1.2”) of cable management space behind the motherboard tray.

Water Cooling Support

A tool-lessly removable top panel and 60mm (2.3”) of spacing allows for 240/280mm radiators and AIO liquid cooling kits to be easily installed on both the PC-B16 and PC-A61. A 240mm radiator can also be mounted at the front.


The I/O panel is located on the top of both chassis, and is hidden by a stealth cover when not in use. Connectivity includes four USB 3.0 ports and HD audio connections.

Price and Availability

The PC-B16 and PC-A61 will be available in the US in early June for the suggested retail prices of $239 and $199/$239 respectively.

Video Overview of the PC-B16 and PC-A61:

Product Information and Detailed Specifications:

PC-B16 – http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-b16/
PC-A61 – http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-a61/

About Lian Li

Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd is an Aluminum Chassis and Chassis peripheral manufacturer and provider of industrial wholesale as well as OEM & ODM service for the PC industry as required. With over 20 years of service excellence, ISO 9001 certification and a team of professional staff willing to do the utmost to deliver durable, superior quality products, all backed by a *2 year guarantee; your satisfaction is guaranteed (*conditions apply). To learn more about Lian Li, please visit their websites at www.Lian-Li.com.


iStarUSA S-915 Review

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iStarUSA S-915 Review

If you have read our guide to building your own NAS or our more recent Lian Li PC-Q28 Review, you may be ready to get your own personal NAS project started.  The cases featured in both of those articles were great enclosures for a NAS Solution, but didn’t really make accessing your drives easy.  iStarUSA thinks they have the perfect case for the job, the S-915.  This compact mini-ITX tower style chassis may not be an enthusiasts first choice in brand name or feature a sleek all aluminum exterior, but it does have a company with 20 years of experience in industrial computers behind it.  Is that enough to seat it atop your list for cases in your project?

iStarUSA’s S-915 is specifically designed to be used in a NAS applications.  This case measures 7.23 inches x 9.29 inches x 16.46 inches and weighs in with a hefty price-tag at around $169.00 USD.  This chassis can support up to five 5.25″ drives (or a couple of SATA/SAS backplanes), a single internal 2.5″ drive, an ATX PS2 power supply unit, and a mini-ITX motherboard.  The case sports one USB 2.0 port up front and is constructed of 0.8m SECC with an aluminum front bezel. Cooling is handled by a solitary 80mm fan on the top of the unit.

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The external multi-bay NAS tower series are designed specially for storage applications. The wide variety of the tower with hard drive cages is able to easily max the hard drive capacity up to 30 bays for storing mass data. Quiet 80mm cooling fan enhances the ventilation inside. The external NAS tower chassis with solid construction is a cost-effective and flexible solution for your critical data storage.

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First, the S-915 looks the part.  Up front, the brushed aluminum locking bezel neatly hides your power button, reset button, indicators, drive bays, and USB port.  The locking mechanism is strong enough to withstand a decent pull and all the locking components are made of steel.  The top and bottom of the door are vented and filtered to allow airflow to travel through the front of the case while reducing dust.  If a locking front door doesn’t do it for you, the hinges are held in place by four Phillips head screws and can be easily removed.

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The top of the case features the single 80mm exhaust fan.

The side panels are held in place by industrial spring action thumbscrews and are easily removed.  For people like me, the people that always lose screws, the thumbscrews stay attached to the side panels.  The left side panel has a filtered air intake and the right side panel is featureless.  The intake on the side panel is positioned so that your PSU can draw fresh cool air.

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Around back you have two expansion slots as well as the PSU and motherboard cutouts.

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If you have noticed the modular design that some case makers have incorporated lately, you can attribute that primarily to the industrial case market.  It is no different with this case.  The motherboard sits on a removable tray, the 5.25″ rack is removable, and there isn’t one rivet to be found.  Everything is held in place with screws, even the brushed aluminum garnish on the front bezel.

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As for the rest of interior, there really isn’t much to it.  The motherboard tray has a decent sized cutout to make connections on your backplane MUCH easier, there are four screw holes on the bottom for the internal 2.5″ HDD, and the rack up front for the 5.25″ drive bays can home just about any drive rack system.  If you are used to enthusiast cases, you will notice something very quickly… the edges of this thing are not rolled and you probably will cut yourself once or twice during install if you aren’t careful.

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You will also immediately appreciate the depth and size of this case as soon as you start installing your components.  There is plenty of room to work.  Up front, the 5.25″ bay rack is free of obstacles and provides plenty of room for backplanes and single drive enclosures to optical drives.  We had no issues installing the iStarUSA BPU-350SATA provided by iStarUSA for this review or the ICYDOCK MB973SP-1B.  Unfortunately, we had to install the MB973SP-1B upside down to have the screw holes line up properly.  Having both of these installed gives this relatively small NAS enclosure a storage capacity of 9 total drives (including the 2.5″ drive for OS).  That is more available hard drive space than we could get in the Fractal Node 304.

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With a complete install, things look more cramped than they are.  Having shuffled things around, it wasn’t difficult to make all the proper connections.  Having the power supply connections in place before installing it is an absolute must.  Having intake fans on both of the HDD backplanes along with the top mounted exhaust fan should provide adequate airflow through the case to keep things cool.  Keep in mind that things could get cooking if you use a high powered CPU in your rig.

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After all is said and done the S-915 has proven itself to be a great NAS ready enclosure.  iStarUSA’s competence in the industrial market is evident in the build and design of the case.  The case does have its share of sharp edges, but I can’t see too many reasons you would be inside this case after your storage server has been built.

Aesthetically, the S-915 isn’t as sweet to look at as the Lian Li PC-Q28, but it isn’t ugly either.  Functionally, the S-915 is a different story.  The ability to easily install your mini-ITX motherboard and a pair of SATA/SAS backplanes means you can quickly put together a system that can rock with the best of them.  When compared to the other cases mentioned, it is like apples and oranges.  We took enthusiast cases and smooshed everything inside.  With the S-915, you get what you wanted from the start.

Unfortunately, when you consider the price tag of this case, at $169.99 USD, things start to get a little hairy for me.  This case and a couple of drive cages, as configured in this review, can run you nearly $369.97 when sourced from Newegg and that makes this a tough pill to swallow.  Especially when compared to the sub $100.00 enthusiast options we have already looked at.  However, having a true NAS chassis may be worth its weight in gold to some of us.  Bottom line, if you have the money to burn and you want to build your own NAS, this case is the one for you.  If you are trying to save a few and want to get an incredibly sexy case, stick with the PC-Q28.


QNAP Partners with Mandriva to Offer IT System Management Solution

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QNAP Partners with Mandriva to Offer IT System Management Solution

QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced a partnership with Mandriva® S.A, Europe’s leading publisher of open source solutions, to provide QNAP customers an IT system management solution, the QNAP IT Management Station on the Turbo NAS. Powered by Mandriva Pulse, QNAP IT Management Station is designed to simplify daily tasks and IT asset management for businesses of all sizes. Users can benefit from the IT Management Station to centralize their management of multi-OS and multi-site IT assets.

“We welcome this partnership with Mandriva as another step towards our growing ecosystem of enterprise solutions working directly from our hardware. This partnership with the French open source pioneer will definitely bring new innovations to our customer base,” said Richard Lee, CEO of QNAP.

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With the IT Management Station, the Turbo NAS extends its business applications by supporting the following key features:

  • Web interface: Supervise large scale sites through a single web interface console
  • Comprehensive inventory: Perform hardware and software inventory checks
  • Software deployment: Deploy new software and security updates on all IT assets
  • Imaging: Create and deploy hard disk images of computer
  • Remote control: Perform remote management & support
  • Backup and restore: Supports full backup & daily incremental backup to protect organization’s all IT assets
  • Patch Management: Centralized software updates and control of endpoint security
  • License Management: Optimize software assets usage
  • Reporting: Generate IT asset reports
  • Pull Mode: Increase the compliance of roaming devices
  • Software convergence: Software deployments using automated process

The Turbo NAS provides an all-in-one NAS solution with not only rock-solid hardware design but also a rich set of features & applications including file storage, backup, sharing, virtualization, security, mobile applications, and more. Now the IT Management Station introduces a new IT system management solution that turns the Turbo NAS into an IT system management server to help organizations centrally manage IT resources, applications and security with greater flexibility.

“Mandriva’s partnership with a growing NAS provider like QNAP is a demonstration of the global appeal for the Mandriva brand and its products. This collaboration validates Mandriva’s strategic investment in the enterprise field that will be a growing market for Mandriva S.A,” said Jean-Manuel Croset, CEO of Mandriva S.A.


The IT Management Station is available in the App Center of the following Turbo NAS models running the QTS 4.1 operating system or newer version:
TS-EC2480U-RP, TS-EC1680U-RP, TS-EC1280U-RP, TS-EC880U-RP, TS-EC1080 Pro, TS-EC880 Pro, TS-EC1679U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP, SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP, SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1679U-RP, TS-1679U-RP, TS-EC1279U-RP, TS-1279U-RP, TS-EC879U-RP, TS-879U-RP, TS-1079 Pro, TS-879 Pro, TS-1270U-RP, TS-870U-RP, TS-870, TS-670, TS-470, TS-870 Pro, TS-670 Pro, TS-470 Pro, TS-1269U-RP, TS-869U-RP, TS-469U-RP, TS-469U-SP, TS-869 Pro, TS-669 Pro, TS-569 Pro, TS-469 Pro, TS-269 Pro, TS-869L, TS-669L, TS-569L, TS-469L, TS-269L.

The availability of the TS-ECx80 series Turbo NAS will be announced separately.

For more information, please visit http://www.qnap.com/i/station/en/it-management.php.


Lian-Li announces two desk chassis – DK-01X and DK-02X

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Lian-Li announces two desk chassis – DK-01X and DK-02X

22 May 2014, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd, today announces the release of two desk chassis – the single-system DK-01X and the dual-system DK-02X.

Constructed of aluminum and combining the symbiotic relationship of desks and computer cases, these all-black hybrid chassis allow DIY builders to build a full computer inside a desk and show off their hardware creations through tempered glass desktops.

Desk Chassis

The DK-01X and DK-02X feature a lockable sliding door to make installations and upgrades easy. The adjustable/removable keyboard tray makes typing and mousing comfortable, and the side mounted pocket with headphone rack allows users to easily store unused accessories.

The DK-01X support motherboards up to HPTX. The DK-02X supports motherboards up to HPTX for its workhorse-oriented system side, and mini-ITX motherboards on the gaming-oriented side.

Flexible Cooling Options

From air to water cooling, the DK-01X and DK-02X are ready to take on the latest cooling hardware. Both desk chassis support 360mm radiators on the side, and also have removable brackets on the front – the DK-01X has one 360mm bracket while the DK-02X has two 240mm brackets.

Storage Options

The DK-01X has 10 individually removable hard drives bays, while the DK-02X has 8 HDD bays for the smaller system and 9 HDDs for the larger workhorse-oriented system. This storage setup gives builders flexibility to use the space as they see fit, such as freeing up more room for water cooling.

Comfort for Your Viewing Pleasure

Both desk chassis have a height of 805mm (31.7”), but can be raised to 835mm (32.9”) to provide more leg room. On the back, up to 3 monitor mounts can be installed for multiple display setups.

Hardware Compatibility

CPU coolers up to 180mm (7”) in height and power supplies up to 280mm (11”) in length are supported. VGA cards up to 410mm (16.5”) inside the DK-01X and DK-02X.


For both the DK-01X and the DK-02X, the I/O panel is located at the front side of the sliding drawer. The DK-01X front I/O includes four USB 3.0 ports and HD audio connections, while the DK-02X sports two sets of these same connections for both systems. Also, located on the front sliding drawer of the DK-01X and DK-02X is a slim optical drive bay, which can house an SSD.

Price and Availability

The DK-01X and DK-02X will be available in the US at the end of July for the suggested retail prices of $989 and $1189 respectively.

Video Overview of the DK-01X and DK-02X:

Product Dimensions:

  • Width:
    • DK-01X: 900mm (35.4”)
    • DK-02X: 1200mm (47.2”)
  • Height:
    • DK-01X/DK-02X: 805mm (31.7”) – can be raised to 835 (32.9”)
  • Depth:
    • DK-01X/DK-02X: 600mm (23.6”)
  • Adjustable/removable keyboard shelf: (WxHxD) 800 x 65 x 240mm (31.5 x 2.5 x 9.4”)

QNAP Releases QTS 4.1, the Smart NAS Operating System Enriched by Apps

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QNAP Releases QTS 4.1, the Smart NAS Operating System Enriched by Apps

Smooth your work and
add cheer to your life

QTS 4.1 enriches your life and work with numerous applications. In addition to enhanced multimedia applications for photos, music, and videos, now you can create your own social community & digital notebooks with utmost privacy and deliver creative animated presentations on your private cloud.

Taipei, Taiwan, June 6, 2014 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced the availability of QTS 4.1 – the revolutionary app-driven NAS operating system. Building on QTS 4.0′s proven usability & features, QTS 4.1 adds even more useful apps to heighten entertainment and productivity for home & business users alike. With its familiar layout and intuitive user-friendly design, QTS 4.1’s web-based multi-window operations greatly simplify the day-to-day operations of QNAP Turbo NAS systems.

As the functionality and performance of modern network-attached storage increases, so does the potential that they get too complicated for everyday home use. “QTS 4.1 operating system however provides a wide-range of apps that greatly simplify the operation & management of the Turbo NAS. With dedicated apps for enjoying multimedia, managing files and backing-up data joined by the all-new Notes Station and Signage Station apps, QTS 4.1 provides home users with everything they need in a useable and straightforward manner,” said Tony Lu, product manager of QNAP.

This ease of operation is extended by an array of mobile apps for Android™ & iOS® devices that allow users to monitor and sync, stream and share from their Turbo NAS at anytime, anywhere. And with an active QTS 4.1 App Center and open development platform, users are provided with the potential of near-unlimited functionality for their Turbo NAS servers.

Business users also benefit from productivity-enhancing apps & features. QTS 4.1 supports SAMBA v4 to allow the Turbo NAS to act as a domain controller for Windows, Real-Time Remote Replication that allows 2-way data synchronization between two Turbo NAS units and supports FTP root-path, the enhanced NetBak Replicator backup application for Windows platform, the vSphere Plug-in v1.3 for remotely managing VMware datastores, McAfee® virus scanner, and Hyper-V thin provisioning automatic space reclamation. Virtualization tasks are also enhanced with the new Virtualization Station, allowing for a Turbo NAS to be a virtualization server hosting multiple VMs and applications.

“QNAP takes great pride in creating high-quality networked storage solutions for home & business use,” added Lu. “The evolutionary QTS 4.1 enables users to fully utilize the power & potential of our Turbo NAS whether for home or business use. With a growing range of rich apps complimented by an active app development environment and our constant focus on evolving the QTS operating system, users will continue to experience the very best in networked storage solutions from QNAP.”

New Apps & Features of QTS 4.1:

  1. Notes Station: a digital notebook on the private cloud of the Turbo NAS that records users’ ideas and notes with large storage capacity;
  2. Signage Station: allows users to create animated content and display it on TVs, tablets and mobile phones via web browsers;
  3. Photo Station: adds personal photo wall, photo albums made by drag-n-drop, photos collection by dates or tags, journal history on Google Maps, and login with Facebook account;
  4. Video Station: adds video classification, video tags and smart collection;
  5. File Station: adds smart filters for file searching, photo thumbnails, VLC for multimedia streaming, and shared links allowing mutual file sharing;
  6. Qsync: adds versioning control;
  7. Qget: an mobile app for downloading files on the go, video backup from video sharing sites, and BT search and download tasks management;
  8. Qfile: adds zip/unzip support, music playback bar, and folder & file sharing;
  9. Qmusic: adds music searching by title, album, or artist;
  10. myQNAPcloud.com: a QNAP membership portal for registering for an “QID”, managing multiple NAS, and publishing & sharing Turbo NAS services;
  11. SAMBA v4: supports domain controller for Windows, and SMB 3.0 protocol for Secured Data Transmission (SDT);
  12. QNAP NetBak Replicator: creates VSS snapshot of VM or database on the Windows, and backs up the content of the snapshot to the Turbo NAS; Supports VHD/VHDX (Virtual Hard Disks) backup;
  13. RTRR: supports 2-way synchronization between two Turbo NAS units and FTP root-path backup;
  14. vSphere Plug-in v1.3: remotely creates a datastore on a dedicated volume more flexibly;
  15. Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V thin provisioning automatic space reclamation
  16. Virtualization Station: enables managing multiple virtual machines created on the Turbo NAS;
  17. McAfee virus scanner: available in QNAP App Center with a 30-day free trial;
  18. Surveillance Station 5: increased compatible IP cameras to 2,600+, an intelligent user interface for intuitive operations, easier camera setup, faster video lookup, smart recording, 2 or 4 free IP camera channel offerings, Vcam mobile app support, and more;
  19. App Center: provides more than 100 install-on-demand apps to increase diverse applications on the Turbo NAS.

Availability & Compatibility

QTS 4.1 is available for the following Turbo NAS models:
SS-439 Pro, SS-839 Pro, TS-110, TS-112, TS-119/119P+/119P II, TS-120, TS-121, TS-210, TS-212/212P/212-E, TS-219/219P/219P+/219P II, TS-220, TS-221, TS-239 Pro, TS-239H, TS-239 Pro II, TS-239 Pro II+, TS-259 Pro/259 Pro+, TS-410, TS-410U, TS-412, TS-412U, TS-419P/419P+/419P II, TS-419U/419U+/419U II, TS-420, TS-420U, TS-421, TS-421U, TS-439 Pro, TS-439 Pro II, TS-439 Pro II+, TS-439U RP/SP, TS-459 Pro/459 Pro+/459 Pro II, TS-459U-RP/SP/459U-RP+/SP+, TS-509 Pro, TS-559 Pro/559 Pro+/559 Pro II, TS-639 Pro, TS-659 Pro/659 Pro+/659 Pro II, TS-809 Pro, TS-809U-RP, TS-859 Pro/859 Pro+, TS-859U/859U+, HS-210, TS-1079 Pro, TS-1269U-RP, TS-1270U-RP, TS-269 Pro/269L, TS-469 Pro/469L, TS-469U-RP/SP, TS-569 Pro/569L, TS-669 Pro/669L, TS-869 Pro/869L, TS-869U-RP, TS-870U-RP, TS-470 Pro, TS-670 Pro, TS-870 Pro, TS-879 Pro, TS-879U-RP/EC879U-RP , TS-1279U-RP/EC1279U-RP, TS-1679U-RP/EC1679U-RP, SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP, SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP

For more information on QTS 4.1 and other QNAP networked-storage solutions, please visit www.qnap.com.