Hamburg (dpa) – A popular way to back up all the data from the different computers in a home is to use a Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device, but
early adopters used to complain at the noises the machines
Leaving a NAS running sometimes sound like you had a rodent in your home trying to bite its way free, especially in quiet hours at night.
But testers say there is now so much choice out there that you don’t need to accept annoying whines, ticks and scrabbling sounds.
Also, look for models that have standby modes where the device will consume less power – two to six watts in idle, recommends German computer magazine Computerbild after testing 10 models.
But it notes that not every device comes with this option.
Shoppers can check the packaging for how much noise a drive generates.
Any device that generates more than 0.5 sones when not active could prove too much for most owners in the long term.