Network-attached storage (NAS) is file-level computer data storage connected to a computer network providing data access to heterogeneous clients.

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Any recommendations on a NAS for a home-super-user? [closed]

Can anyone recommend a good NAS for use in a home-server environment? I would request at least 2, preferably 4 disks, and I am most interested in good to excellent throughput for file-server and ...
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What are my options for a multi-Terabyte home NAS? [closed]

I've got alot of DVDs and have been slowly ripping, encoding, and tagging them and I've nearly filled my WD MyBook 1TB. I'm estimating that I've got about 1.5 or 2Tb to go to complete my current ...
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How to read external USB hard drive formatted ext3 from Windows 7?

I had to format a USB hard drive to ext3 to use it with a Linksys nas box. Now I can't read the hd when I unplug it from the nas and plug it directly into my Windows 7 computer. (The computer ...
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sshfs equivalent for windows? [closed]

At my university, I want to be able to set up a file-server in my room. The only allowed ports/protocols are SSH and RDP. All others are blocked. I can set up the server just fine, and connect to it ...
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How do I connect VLC to a known DLNA server?

I have VLC on my Mac and would like to connect to a DLNA server on my LAN but the server isn't showing up in VLC's UPnP auto-discovery UI. Given the IP address of the server how can I point VLC to it ...
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A virusproof (ransomware…) strategy for backup on a NAS?

I bought a NAS to share files and as backup solution. Recently my netbook got infected by a ransomware. All files on the netbook and most of the file on the NAS were destroyed (the virus shuffles the ...
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RAID for home use

Read so far most of RAID-related posts on this site, but still several points remain shaded so far. First, my mode of working: I am writing music / doing graphical works, so the RAID is kinda semi-...
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Permanently map a network drive on Mac OS X Leopard

I want to have a mapped drive in Mac OS X which points to my NAS - however I've found that I have to do it after every single reboot. I'm a Mac noob, so would like to just have the drive mapped at ...
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How do I build a DIY NAS?

I'm looking for good, detailed instructions on how to build a DIY NAS (Network Access Storage). I'm planning on doing it cheap (old PC config + open source software). But not too cheap either. I'm ok ...
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Samba vs. NFS: Performance

I've got a choice of setting up Samba or NFS on my Linux based NAS ( nslu2 running OpenDebian ). Does anyone have performance related stories comparing the two options ? Are there tuneup tricks ...
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Does Windows 7 Home Premium support backing up to a network share

Windows Vista Home Premium supports automated back ups to a network share, so I would assume the Windows 7 Home Premium would also have this feature. However, several pages on the Microsoft site make ...
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Moving files on samba-connected NAS

This might be a stupid question, but when I move files around on my NAS-box (freeNAS), does the data go via my Windows PC? How about when I copy? I have always been afraid to cleanup on my NAS-box ...
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How can I stop losing mapped drive connections to SimpleShare NAS device from Windows 7?

I have 4 mapped drives to a "SimpleShare" network storage device. 2 have no passwords and 2 have passwords. On Windows 7 Pro PCs, Randomly, 1 of the password protected drives loses connection. The ...
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How to get data out of a Maxtor Shared Storage II that fails to boot?

I've got a Maxtor Shared Storage II (RAID1 mode) which has developed some hardware failure, apparently: it fails to boot properly and is unreachable via network. When powering it on, it keeps ...
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local cache for NAS or network folder

I am planning to build a network attached storage (NAS) server. Is there a way to cache frequently acccessed files from the remote storage automatically on the local PC? (I am not looking for a way ...
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Troubleshooting slow Wi-Fi performance writing to NAS

Setup: a Late 2007 MacBook Pro, running latest OS X 10.6, connects via Wi-Fi access point, ASUS WL-330gE to AFP share on NAS Synology DS508 running under latest DSM 4.0. When doing rsync from the ...
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Transfer speed of Drobo vs. internal drives?

This question makes me reconsider Drobo, but I have a concern about data transfer rates. Wouldn't the USB (or LAN) connection be a significant bottleneck to my system? My home media center PC has a ...
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Creating one big continuous space from 4 disks

Hey. I am assembling file server for home use. I wonder if it is possible to use multiple disks in a way that they will be visible in network as one continuous space? More less like JBOD. I am using ...
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Promise Pegasus report dead after power failure

After a power failure the Promise Pegasus R4 reports all disks drives as dead. But this is almost impossible! Is there any way to "reset" the Promise Pegasus without losing all data? The unit is ...
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Are there any drawbacks of running Caviar Red (or any other NAS-ready) HDD on your desktop PC?

What does the NAS-ready imply and how suitable are these HDD's for desktop PC's? My home desktop PC is turned on whenever I'm home and/or I'm awake (I turn it off during the night). Would a NAS-ready ...
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What might limit data transfer rate to NAS?

I have two NAS (Buffalo Linkstation Pro, WD MyBook World), which are connected to 2 PCs with a Gigabit LAN connection. All devices are in "Gigabit mode", meaning all show that their connection speed ...
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Will FreeNAS/ZFS let me manage my storage this way

I'm considering FreeNAS; and want to confirm that my understanding of what I can/can't do with storage in it is correct beforehand. Initial build out: 1 storage pool with 2 x 6TB drives mirroring ...
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What's a good NAS drive for around €150? [closed]

My current NAS drive is a Western Digital My Book World Edition. However it has pretty serious problems . So I'm in the market for a new drive to replace it and I'm looking for a drive with at least ...
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Windows 8 Pro NAS not recognized?

Some time ago I upgraded from Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 8 Pro x64. Everything works fine, but my Netgear ReadNAS Duo won't show up anywhere besides in the router control panel. There I can see ...
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How can I perform copy/move file operations while ensuring data integrity?

I've got a huge amount of family photos stored on a NAS drive that I would like to move to my Windows computer, edit, and then move back for archival purposes. However, I'm a bit paranoid about data ...
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Would more RAM or more CPU be better for a NAS (Network drive)?

When looking into buying a NAS (network drive), would it benefit from more RAM or more CPU power?
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Auto backup photos to network drive

My wife's ultrabook is getting full of pictures. I have a NAS that all our pictures are on. What I want to do is store EVERY picture on the NAS (easy) but keep all the photos from the last 12 months ...
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How can I verify the health of hard disks using a Synology NAS?

I'll receive my first NAS (a Synology DS413) and three hard disks tomorrow. Of course I'd like to check if everything's fine with the disks before setting up RAID and migrating my data. Unfortunately, ...
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Add a network folder as a readonly Windows 8 library location

I have some movies and music on a NAS drive, and want to allow my children to access them from Windows 8. My plan was to add the relevant NAS folders as new "library locations" for their Music and ...
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Backup solution needed: Hard Drive to NAS via Internet?

My dad is a photographer who is understandably paranoid about losing his photos to a HD crash. He stores his data on an external HD and then periodically backs them up to DVD. To me this seems ...
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Automount SMB using keychain password

Is there a way to use the automount service to mount my NAS share but without specifying my password in my SMB path? Currently, I have the following: /etc/auto_master # # Automounter master map # +...
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Installing Gitolite on NAS - FATAL: have errors but logging failed

I'm trying to install Gitolite on my Synology DiskStation, following these instructions. Under Install Gitolite on the DiskStation and Run Setup, when I run the Gitolite install command: DiskStation&...
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Cheap NAS for connecting a USB drive to the network

I am looking for a cheap way of hooking up a USB drive to the LAN. This could be a router with a USB port, or possibly a more regular NAS device with a USB port. I am hoping to find something below $...
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Can I make files deleted on the NAS automatically go to the recycle bin? [duplicate]

So when I use my desktop and delete \NAS\Files\Directory, that I can still recover the files from the NAS' recycle bin. The NAS is just a normal Windows share on a Windows 7 computer. I don't like ...
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How can I turn my current PC into a NAS device without losing the PC

Basically I want to know if there is a proper way that I can take my current desktop PC (custom built) and add 2 additional hard drives and have these 2 drives act as a NAS backup with raid, while ...
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trusting files on my NAS in XP

I have a commercial Network Addressable Storage (NAS) that I use as a file storage location with multiple computers and operating systems. I prefer to get to it by its IP address rather than set it up ...
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How do you remove a hard drive's GPT Protective Partition without compromising its functionality?

I recently bought an Iomega NAS drive but I want to install my own operating system on it. I connected the hard drive to my computer with a SATA to USB casing but under disk management it says it is a ...
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Is iSCSI good for my situation?

I want to setup a file server for my own personal use. It will be accessed from a simple home network by about 5 computers, mixed between Linux (Ubuntu, usually) and Windows. I plan on using FreeNAS ...
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How do I mass relocate the iTunes library?

I have all the files in my iTunes library sitting on a NAS. It is accessed via a Windows share. I've changed my NAS last week and the new one exposes the data via a differently named share. For ...
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iTunes on Mac: How to use an external music library on a NAS (Windows share)?

I have a large music collection of mp3-encoded CDs stored on a NAS (Windows share). I can access the drive via SMB on the Mac. I'd like to change my default iTunes music library without importing the ...
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Sharing iTunes Library Between Mac & PC Via A NAS

I'd be really grateful if anyone can help me with this, I spent literally days trawling the net before I came across this site, which seems to have very knowledgable people! So, the problem is: ...
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Is there a NAS that can act as a “simple”, “dumb” USB Drive? [closed]

I have a satellite video reciever that can store (save) movies on an attched USB hard disk (FAT32 or NTFS). I there an NAS-System out there that can act as a dumb hard disk attached via USB towards ...
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Is it possible to have a wireless in-house NAS with wireless data transfer rates of equivalent to SATA speeds?

Basically I would like to know, if it is possible to set up an NAS in my house to be accessed wirelessly, that can reach equivalent real-life data transfer speeds to USB 3.0 or an internal SATA hard ...
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Wireless Network Slower than expected

I have a Belkin N600 dual band router. On the network typically are my PC, 2 iPhones & 2 PS3's. At times there can be another PC and a couple of laptops. I have configured the router so that the ...
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Can I share a hard drive both over USB and SMB?

The answer to this is likely "It is not possible.", and from what I know about filesystems and storage, I would say the same thing. But, I thought I would try the great wisdom of SuperUser: I'm ...
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One hard drive local to one computer but connected to server

I would like to have one dedicated hard drive for my files (but not OS installation) at my home computer, and I would like to make those files available anywhere via a file server. I want fast file ...