Hard Drive/Server advice please?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by fosman, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. fosman macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2005
    Hello, I'd appreciate some help on what the best solution to my hard drive woes are!

    I'd like to get a server drive that will sit in the corner of my flat backing up and also work as a drive for my many photos and other media.

    However, I also DJ on my laptop and need to have all my music on a local drive for when I play out. I have iTunes match, but don't want to rely on a venue having wifi if I suddenly need to find a tune.

    I THINK I need a NAS drive that I plug into a router - and then when I play out, I unplug from the router it and take it with me.

    Is this correct? Or should I be looking at getting two separate drives, one portable and one server-esque?

    Or is there another solution all together?

    I find the whole NAS/local/server drive thing very complicated, so any ideas and suggestions would be welcome!

  2. matspekkie macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2010
    It is not that hard really. A nas can do more things then just a drive but the main thing is it is networked and it will be all way slower then a local connected drive.
    So a nas is nice if you want to share it with multiple devices or need other functions a normal drive cannot offer.
    Server drive is bull you do not have an server with SAS controller.
    A local connected drive is the cheapest and most portable option and easiest to connect.
  3. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    I would recommend two units, a NAS to store everything on and to use for backups. The. You get a portable drive to take with you to venues. That way you have a separate copy in case some drunk pours a beer on the drive or laptop.

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