Uses of NAS?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ShaneBunting, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. ShaneBunting Suspended

    Aug 10, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Thinking of getting a 4-bay NAS to backup and use remote storage for my tiny 128GB MacBook Air..

    Is it possible to run Windows off of one of the HDDs?
  2. costabunny macrumors 68020


    May 15, 2008
    Weymouth, UK
    short answer: Nope :(

    it would be possible to have a VM on the NAS and use it with Fusion or Parallels; but then again performance might be too slow for any great experience.
  3. drsox, Dec 14, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2013

    drsox macrumors 65816


    Apr 29, 2011
    What do you mean by "run off one of the HDDs ?

    Do you mean use one of the HDDs as the sole HDD for all Win system and data files ? If so, then Parallels might run OK if you use this as the mapped C drive, but I doubt it. It would run OK if you kept the C drive as a 16GB drive (or smaller) on the MBA and all other stuff on a mapped drive on the NAS as a drive within your user shares. I used to do this all the time with Win7 (to save space on my system SSD). But it only worked OK if there was a LAN link to the NAS not a WiFi link. If the NAS supports iSCSI then you can use this as an alternative to a mapped drive.
  4. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I use my Synology NAS as an iTunes server, a time machine backup, an SVN server, VPN server, file storage, and DLNA server.

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