The QNAP TR-004 is a RAID expansion enclosure designed to increase storage capacity for your NAS or PC. It can also serve as direct attached storage when connected to a computer through the enclosures USB 3.0 connection.

It’s also our selection for Best RAID of CES 2019. Congrats, QNAP!

The TR-004 offers flexible RAID storage

The QNAP TR-004 supports up to four 3.5-inch SATA hard drives as well as 2.5-inch SSDs. It also supports a number of hardware and software RAID configurations, and USB 3.0 Type-C connectivity allows for fast data transfer.

QNAP envisions the TR-004 in a variety of setups, including as a NAS expansion enclosure or as direct attached storage for a NAS, desktop workstation or laptop. QNAP promises superior performance over more conventional NAS expansion enclosures since, as an external hardware RAID device, it can operate independently and rely less on the CPU power of the connected NAS.

As a direct attached storage solution for NAS or PC, the TR-004 can be used to back up data or move large data collections between devices.

The TR-004 can also be used to move files between various devices and file systems as a cross-platform file sharing solution. The system is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux computers.

This flexibility extends to the available RAID configurations. These include Individual mode, JBOB, RAID 0, RAID 1/10 and RAID 5. The TR-004 even supports the partitioning of drives for multiple RAID configurations. The enclosure’s Software Crtl mode allows RAID configuration to be controlled through a QNAP NAS or a computer with the QNAP External RAID Manager utility. This utility can also be used to monitor the health and status of the enclosure and installed drives.

Pricing and availability

The QNAP TR-004 is available now starting at $225 for the enclosure only. Head to  QNAP.com for more information.

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