NAS or external hard drive enclosure?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Ritte, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. Ritte macrumors regular

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    Hi, I need more storage for my media server and I'm thinking of either buying a NAS (Synergi ds213j) or a hard drive enclosure.
    As I understand the benefits of the NAS is network connection and it can operate by itself without a computer.
    This particular nas only have two slots for hard drive, that's a disadvantage.

    The other option is to buy a hard drive enclosure and connect to my APE. Main advantage is 5 hdd slots and disadvantage is usb-speeds.

    As I said I'm looking for a storage to store music and movies. Will do some backups to.
    I'm using superduper (smart update) when backing up and it's fairly quick now, on usb-speeds.

    The NAS costs about 90 USD more.
    What's your advice?
     
  2. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    I really don't see how a APX USB connection could give you a 5-drive benefit. NAS at least can give you some hardware redundancy (RAID), whereas APX+USB drive gives you none.
    Also, as a file server, the APX with USB 2.0 drive(s) is not a performer to write home about.
     
  3. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Which enclosure are you considering for this?

    Sort out your priorities. What's most important? What's least important?

    There's cost, performance, storage space/number of drives. Any other considerations? Does RAID not matter? Does any of the other functionality of the NAS not matter? Is there only one client machine?
     

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