Infrant ReadyNAS NV+ 1GB

Saturday 23rd August, 2008
For the not so nerdy people out there, a NAS is a Network Attached Storage device. It's effectively a hard disk with a network plug on it, so you can access the data without needing  PC.

For many, this would have no use whatsoever - but if you want an easy way to access your stored music, videos or photos without having to keep a PC whirring 24 hours a day then it can come in quite handy.

As, for numerous reasons, I have pretty serious storage demands I upgraded to the Infrant ReadyNAS about a year ago. This allows internal space for up to 4 hard drives to be added - in my case 4 x 1.0TB Hitachi drives giving me around 3000GB of usable space in a RAID5 configuration.

Clearly with 4 big hard drives, power consumption isn't going to be as low as it might be but just how much power does the ReadyNAS use?

I shut the system down, probably the first time in about a year, connected up the power tester and booted it back up. On standby, before I turned on the device properly, we registered a 2-3 Watt power draw from the supply, around 0.04amps.

One touch of the power button and it jumped up to 36 Watts, then 38 Watts. The hard drives are initialised one at a time, initially drawing a huge amount of power and then taking less as they get up to speed. The power meter started climbing, 45W, 56W, 61W, 66W, 70W, 76W, between all of these measurements dropping back down a little.

All drives initialised and fully booted, the ReadyNAS draws a total of 67 Watts, about half that of a basic PC of the same age. Not too bad really from a device holding 4000GB of drives. With the use of more modern "green" hard disks, this figure could be a little lower too.

But how will it compare in our Olympic final of NAS drives when put up against the Buffalo Terastation and Ripfactory Ripserver? Stay tuned...

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