connecting a NAS directly to a Mac ?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by macaron95, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. macaron95 macrumors regular

    May 5, 2014

    I am still hesitating before buying a RAID enclosure

    but some friends advised me to get a NAS instead, which is more flexible in terms of RAID settings and could work 24/7 and go to sleep automatically

    I was wondering if it is possible to connect a NAS directly to my iMac or by using the ethernet port of an Airport Express ?

  2. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    NAS (network attached storage) connects to a network. A DAS (direct-attached storage) connects to your computer.

    If you want it directly to the iMac then you'll want thunderbolt or similar, depending on what you have.
  3. Mikael H macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2014
    Do you primarily intend to use it to store data on with speed taking second place, then a NAS will do fine. You'll need to connect to it via network, though; that's pretty much the definition of a NAS.
    If your primary concern is speed, get a direct attached enclosure.

    Speed here is a bit of a relative term: If you want to store film or music on your disk solution and enjoy it from your computer, or make regular TimeMachine backups, a NAS is a nice and cheap way to go, and will most likely do just fine.

    If you want to use it as a work area for RAW photo, music or video editing, you'll be way better off with a direct attached enclosure; especially if you were planning on transmitting data between your computer and the storage via an Airport Express.

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