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Old Jan 6, 2013, 07:40 PM   #26
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Once the NAS is set up, will it appear on your computer as a normal external drive?

How do you access it?
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Old Jan 6, 2013, 11:18 PM   #27
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Once the NAS is set up, will it appear on your computer as a normal external drive?

How do you access it?
I don't know that much about NAS systems.
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Old Jan 7, 2013, 05:22 AM   #28
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I think you have to access it from your browser, which would make using a NAS completely annoying.

Unless I am mistaken, it would be good if it just appeared on your desktop.

But I think you have to have to go out of your way to access it.
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Old Jan 7, 2013, 05:30 AM   #29
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You can map a free drive letter, (eg f to a share on a NAS. Once setup it works just like any other HDD conected to you computer, albeit quite a bit slower. You will be using network speeds (10/100/1000 Mbs) and not usb/thundebolt etc..
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Old Jan 7, 2013, 06:32 AM   #30
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You can map a free drive letter, (eg f to a share on a NAS. Once setup it works just like any other HDD conected to you computer, albeit quite a bit slower. You will be using network speeds (10/100/1000 Mbs) and not usb/thundebolt etc..
Thanks for your reply, what exactly do you mean by map a free drive letter?
How would you do that?
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Old Jan 7, 2013, 06:55 AM   #31
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All the NAS boxes I've seen are wired. This means that you have to connect it to your Mac via an ethernet cable. The upside is that the NAS can be very far away, if it's possible to run a cable there. For example, mine is two rooms away.

There are variations, but here's how mine works. It's old (D-Link DNS323), but I don't think there are fundamental differences between it and newer ones. (That's not to say that newer ones aren't better -- surely they are.)

It's a 2-drive box, but can work with only one. When I set it up, I gave it a name and a fixed IP address. It's called "colden-nas," a remarkably unoriginal name, and has an IP of 192.168.0.41.

I set it up and occasionally maintain it through a browser. But that's the only time a browser is needed.

It appears in Finder exactly as named, under "Shared Devices." If I click to open it, I see "Volume_1," which is the disk itself, and "web_page," which is if I need to maintain it. Click on "Volume_1" and there are my folders and files.

I copy back and forth exactly as I would for any device. It's all gigabit, so it's acceptably fast.

I'm running Mountain Lion. ML rarely drops the NAS from my finder list, but sometimes it does (Lion did it all the time, as did Snow Leopard). When that happens -- when I see it's no longer there -- I just give command-K at the keyboard, and choose whether to mount either 192.168.0.41 or colden-nas. In a moment it comes up and I'm good.

It's very convenient, but I don't know that it would be that great as a desktop housing for that spare drive of yours. It doesn't sound to me as though you need it to do what it does best -- operate remotely.

No wireless connection available now is going to match gigabit ethernet, so I wouldn't bother trying to go wireless for this.

Several weeks ago I picked up one of these:

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer...ogy/MSQKIT0GB/

and I've been very pleased with it. It has FW800 and USB3 and eSATA as well. And the price isn't bad at all.

That's what I'd recommend. You can use FW800 now, and if you get something with USB3, you'll be good there also.

Oh, and the answer to the dual FW ports is that you can daisy-chain FW devices. So for example, you can go Mac-->FW device 1--> FW device 2. Both FW devices will be available from the Mac.
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Old Jan 7, 2013, 07:01 AM   #32
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Thanks for your reply, very informative.

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Old Jan 7, 2013, 11:02 AM   #33
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Thanks,

What do you mean it can be both wired, wireless and shared over a network?

I thought that sharing over a network is the same as it being wireless?
There are two basic types of networks: Wired (cable/fiber) or wireless.

Properly configured (NAS/SAN/DAS), you would be able to access the shared drive through either network at the same time from any number of computers. Just be careful not to access the same physical file at the same time, or you might get a condition known as a 'deadlock'. It's rare but can happen... ;-)
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Old Jan 8, 2013, 01:02 PM   #34
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Is it possible, to use a USB to Fire wire Cable?

How would this affect the speed?
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