Package and Accessories
The cardboard box measures 32x31x25cm. You can carry it by the handle, but the device is rather heavy, so you should be careful not to tear the handle off. Besides the NAS, the box contains a power cord, Ethernet cable, HDD fasteners, a few keys for the HDD bays, a couple of documentation sheets, and CDs with user manuals and software. This is a standard and sufficient kit.
There is no technical info on the box. You can only learn the name of the manufacturer and product model, view a few photos and read some general phrases in a few languages. I wouldn’t say that Thecus is no good at marketing, though. Few users come to a shop and choose high-tech and rather expensive products of this kind there. The shopping decision is usually made beforehand.
The quick start guide is available in a few languages. It should help a beginner. A full user manual is available in English only (a 75-page PDF file).
As for software, the first disc contains a simple backup tool (for Windows and Mac OS), a few additional modules to enhance the device’s functionality, and programs for looking for and setting up the NAS. The disc seems to be uniform as it contains files for several models of Thecus products. All of this is accessed through a standard auto-running shell.
The second CD contains a more functional backup tool FarStone DriveClone Pro 5.0. It can back up individual files, disks or the entire system. This tool supports scheduled operation, file system snapshots, cloning of disks and partitions, and system restoration to different hardware. It is a functional and handy program that can run under Microsoft Windows Vista, including 64-bit versions thereof.