Recently this year I decided to get a NAS for the house. Before I was doing everything really old school by storing my files on external hard drives and the 2 computers that I own at home. What really pushed me to getting a NAS was the day my tower fell over with my media drives attached to it. I was using 2 Western Digital external drives to hold most of my media but when my desktop tipped over so did they and one of my drives actually became corrupted.
After that episode, I decided to get a NAS to keep things more secure. I chose the QNAP as my device. Right now I have it configured in RAID 1 to ensure that my data is safe that is on the drives. I liked the QNAP because it has easy to use web interface that lets me configure it as I need. I have VPN running through it, Plex to stream my videos, and I can even stream my music using the built in iTunes server. The best part is being able to access my data when I’m not at home. I don’t do this frequently but it’s still pretty convenient.
The NAS has given me the ability to offload memory hogging things like my music and videos, gave me a place to load my GoPro videos that I take on vacation, and store all my pictures which on its own burns about 120 GB. This has allowed me to make more room on my MacBook Pro for other things. I was considering adding another SSD to the amacBook but now I don’t have to. One of the best parts was something that I did this morning. I decided to watch some videos off the NAS from my daughters laptop. I got her an HP Stream and the thing is seriously lacking in inter renal storage. At 32GB, there is no room for anything on that computer, but I decided to try logging into the NAS and play some stuff over Plex and it worked like a charm. Now that’s totally awesome in my view because I can watch anything from my NAS on almost any device in my house or technically outside of it.
I’m probably going to run into space issues soon, I’ve already burned through 1.5 TB’s and I only could afford 3 TB drives. When I get closer to 80% utilization I’ll have to think about upgrading the drives or adding another NAS. It’s time to end this post and enjoy some movies streaming to my TV from my NAS 🙂