Looking for easy to use NAS Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by markw10, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. markw10 macrumors 6502

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    I currently use a Hard Drive plugged into my Airport Extreme Base Station. Unfortunately it's just so slow and has a lot of reliablility problems. I was hoping with time updates would improve this. Now I've decided to get another hard drive that would be a NAS Hard Drive that I can plug directly onto my Home Network via Ethernet. I would prefer one still that has Firewire and/or USB so I have other connection options if my needs change.
    My questions:
    1. I'm still new to the Mac and especially when it comes to networking. I like how with the AEBS Hard Drive when it works it automatically shows up on my Mac like a hard drive volume. There is no need to log onto it when I use my Mac or anything. Will it be as easy with a NAS?
    2. I've heard something about SMB Server and how any hard drive that's a NAS will be like this. Does this mean I do have to log on to use it and it won't be as easy?
    3. I hear a lot about how I have to have one formatted as HFS+. Do all NAS drives do this or do you have to have one with that option?
    4. Also, I hear the big thing to look for is one that has AFP. I know it's some type of Apple protocol. If so, would that make it easier to use and operate more like a AEBS Airdisk?
    5. Lastly, assuming it's best to go with one that is HFS+/AFP I know there are few on the market. What are some good brands/models to look for?

    Thanks for any help with the above questions.
     
  2. pilotError macrumors 68020

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    ReadyNAS NV+

    1. I'm still new to the Mac and especially when it comes to networking. I like how with the AEBS Hard Drive when it works it automatically shows up on my Mac like a hard drive volume. There is no need to log onto it when I use my Mac or anything. Will it be as easy with a NAS?

    You can do the same thing or set up user accounts / partitions so that a single user can't suck up all the free space on the NAS.

    2. I've heard something about SMB Server and how any hard drive that's a NAS will be like this. Does this mean I do have to log on to use it and it won't be as easy?

    Not sure about this, I haven't used it. May want to read up on the NAS site.

    3. I hear a lot about how I have to have one formatted as HFS+. Do all NAS drives do this or do you have to have one with that option?

    ReadyNAS comes out of the box with something called X-Raid or something to that effect. It broadcasts using AFP protocol, I didn't have to format anything. I was able to see it from both my Mac and my PC without issue.

    4. Also, I hear the big thing to look for is one that has AFP. I know it's some type of Apple protocol. If so, would that make it easier to use and operate more like a AEBS Airdisk?

    Has AFP, http, https, ftp and a couple of other protocols. My finder found it immediately and mounts the share once you click on it.

    It also has an iTunes server and a uPnP server so you can access it via iTunes from any other machine on the network or any Microsoft Media software. I know my PS3 can see it, and so can the Wii.
     

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