Looking for info on network accessible storage

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Loa, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. Loa macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    #1
    Hello,

    I've read a few threads in here but it's still not clear for me what the limitations of a NAS really are.

    What I'm looking for: storage that will be easily accessible for the 2 computers on our wireless (router) network.

    Will any NAS do this? Any recommended brands? And, more importantly: can I treat a NAS drive exactly like a regular drive?

    Thanks

    Loa
     
  2. fireshot91 macrumors 601

    fireshot91

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    Yes, any NAS will be able to do that.

    I'd recommend a Drobo.

    You can treat a NAS drive exactly like a regular external drive, if it has a USB port on it.
     
  3. Loa thread starter macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Thanks for the info, but I'll rephrase that last question. If I plug the NAS to my computer through USB, how will the MacBook access it?

    I've heard that most NAS are plugged directly into the router.

    Loa
     
  4. fireshot91 macrumors 601

    fireshot91

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    Oh yeah, sorry.

    Yes, most NAS drives are plugged directly into the router, because they're meant for that.

    But, if you plug it into your Macbook through USB, it'll mount as normal. If you have it set up as 4 un-raided drives that mount differently (Through settings), then it'll mount as 4 different drives. If you have it mount as one raided drive, it'll mount as one drive on your Macbook.
     
  5. Loa thread starter macrumors 65816

    Loa

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    Thanks.

    Thought it would be more complicated!

    Loa
     

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