Can I use a 2TB NAS to store iTunes and backup my mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mpovolo, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. mpovolo macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2010
    I am buying a 2 bay synology today and I wanted to store my itunes there and backup my computers to the same drive?

    I am thinking of storing my pictures there also.
  2. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus


    Oct 13, 2007
    Time Machine and iTunes should work flawlessly, although you should create a separate user account for Time Machine so you can set a quota and it doesn't use up all your space.

    As for photos, it's usually way too slow to work properly with iPhoto et al.
  3. mpovolo thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2010
  4. slowtraveler macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2010
    Boston, MA USA
    If you happen to use Apple Lossless (ALAC) encoding for music files, check the Synology and Apple support forums for discussions about limitations on Synology's support for this particular format in their product. IIRC, you can't stream ALAC-coded files from the Synology NAS.
  5. dime21 macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2010
    NAS is typically a poor performer compared to DAS. The problem with NAS is the bulky and inefficient TCP/IP layer. Even on Gigabit Ethernet, your real world transfer speeds won't be much better than USB, and latency will be even worse than USB.

    You'll get way way better performance with DAS, using eSata or Firewire 800.

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