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I want to buy an NAS to use as backup and to store pictures. I want to be able to create disk images, through Acronis, and store them there as well. Can I map a drive to the NAS in Windows 7 and read and write directly to it? If not any suggestions on what to use for my purposes?

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Im not seeing any problem to map a drive for a NAS share for R/W, just make sure the NFS is Windows-certified (the commons problems are with old ones, like using deprecated encryption techniques or stuffs alike ...)

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Or, for the non-Windows geeks, SAMBA-enabled. –  Hello71 Jul 1 '10 at 2:42
    
@Hello71 does Samba enabled let me map a drive though? –  Gratzy Jul 1 '10 at 3:26
    
Samba (or the linux implementation of SMB (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Server_Message_Block)) is the system Windows uses to share files over the network. E.g., if it supports Samba, it should be natively accessible in windows. –  Fake Name Jul 1 '10 at 4:59
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I have a Synology DS407+ (Linux based NAS) and have had no problem mapping drives in Windows 7. SAMBA is indeed enabled. Good luck!

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I was looking at the Synology DS210j thanks. –  Gratzy Jul 1 '10 at 4:15
    
I have a Thecus N7700, and it works fine in W7 and XP as well. –  Fake Name Jul 1 '10 at 5:01
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