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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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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Is ZFS and RAID-Z worth using in home made NAS (freeNAS for example)

Features of ZFS and RAID-Z look vary promising. Looks like it is a perfect FS for home NAS solutions, poor man's Drobo things and alike. Are there any drawbacks I should be aware of?
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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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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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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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Is Windows Home Server compelling enough over free NAS OS's?

Has anyone out there run Windows Home Server for a while? I'm building a NAS box and I'm wondering if its features are compelling enough to warrant purchasing rather than the open source alternatives ...
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Why does my network file copy speed form a wave?

With the upgrade to Windows 10 I've now got this nice graph when copying files. When I copy a single large file the speed always takes this reasonably consistent wave shape. What causes that? ...
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SSH with no password (passwordless) on Synology DSM 5 as other (non-root) user

I'm trying to ssh into my Synology disk station without a password (public key authentication), but as non-root. When I try to ssh as root without password, it works. Following the exact same steps ...
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Why does Windows say “The disk that your backup is saved on is about to fail”?

On my Windows 8 machine, I have set up backup to a network location on my new NAS (a Synology DS412+). Backup has succeeded. But in the "Windows 7 File Recovery" section of the Control Panel it says "...
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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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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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Using iTunes to access all your music on a NAS but keeping the library.xml local… Is it possible/how? (Mac OSX))

I've pushed across my whole music collection to my Buffalo Linkstation NAS recently. This is the entire iTunes folder including artwork, music, library.xml, the whole kaboodle... (I have iTunes in ...
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What is a two bay NAS device?

I read the Super User 1 Year Anniversary Super Contest post about a contest. And one of the prizes is a two bay NAS device. I don't think I'll make any awesome question or answer but I'm curious to ...
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Something like Dropbox for local use with a NAS as storage server

I am looking for a solution to sync folder pairs between a NAS and multiple local macs. Each of the macs could edit files and the other macs should then get synced automatically. Basically my own ...
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Is a home NAS reliable to keep your data on (no other backups)?

The question came up while I was thinking to move some data (e.g.) pictures, old but important other data solely to the NAS (private use, no business level). My NAS is a simple 2 disk RAID system. I ...
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Is there a personal cloud solution that keep versions for documents? [closed]

Today I have lost a file which I've worked on for the last day & half by a mistake. As result, I'm looking to buy a personal cloud solution which will automatically backup my files while I save ...
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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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Shrink RAID by removing a disk?

I have a Synology NAS with 12 bays. Initially, we decided to allocate all 12 disks for a single RAID-6 volume, but now we would like to shrink the volume to use only 10 disks and assign two HDDs as ...
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Which lossless audio format should I use when storing them on my NAS?

I have started a project of ripping my big collection of CDs and storing them on my NAS. Since I care for audio quality I have decided to store them in a lossless format. Right now I have tried to use ...
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Mini-ITX Case that would take ~6 SATA Hard Drives [closed]

Thinking about maybe building my own NAS. I would go with Raid 5, and would like maybe about 6 SATA drives: There a mini atx case that can hold this many drives (Non-Rack ideally) What sort of power ...
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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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Recursive unrar of several folders

I have several RAR archives spread around multiple directories but all under a particular root folder on my Debian based NAS. Could someone help me write a simple script that would recursively go into ...
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NAS - ZFS system versus NTFS or EXT4 system

I was contemplating purchasing a QNAP 459-II for my home storage/streaming needs and a friend advised me that I should look into ZFS rather. I read up a bit on the filing system technology and was ...
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NAS + Hard Drives + US Customs = World of Pain? [closed]

I'm coming to the US for work in a few weeks, for a year or so and just had an awful thought. I remember reading a while ago that US customs are searching through peoples laptops and hard drives. Now ...
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How to build a NAS?

I have quite a bit of photos I'd like to organize and get away from sparse DVDs and move to a NAS solution. Ideally, this would let me have some level of redundancy and more easily find what I'm ...
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Copying files from one NAS to another

I've got 2 NAS drives that are connected through a router via Ethernet. If I have a wireless laptop and request a large amount of data to be copied from one NAS drive to the other, does the network ...
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What can the second LAN port be used for on a NAS?

I've got a NAS with 2 ethernet ports. I have one connected to the router. I read that the second could be connected to double the speed of data to and from the NAS. I don't need to do that, as the ...
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What is a good free Linux FTP backup solution? [closed]

I have the need for a backup solution that will let me run local incremental backups and then synchronize the backup with a remote folder over FTP. I have found several solutions that would allow me ...
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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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Setting NAS drives for quick removal / safe removal?

I have a NAS drive and suffered a file corruption issue over wireless. I discovered that the drive is not set as removable so if the connection is interrupted while you're using an application to ...
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How to use an AFP network share with fast user switching?

I'm trying to mount an AFP network share from my NAS so that multiple users can have access when using Fast User Switching (FUS). Once I mount the share as User1 and log into User2's account the ...
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NAS not shutting down

I'm running a network attached storage appliance (Iomega ix2-200) which is running some sort of Debian variant. Recently, the unit has been unable to shutdown cleanly, either via the web interface or ...
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Should I use “Raid 5 + spare” or “Raid 6”?

What is "Raid 5 + Spare" (excerpt from User Manual, Sect 4.17.2, P.54): RAID5+Spare: RAID 5+Spare is a RAID 5 array in which one disk is used as spare to rebuild the system as soon as a disk fails (...
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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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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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NAS / RAID / Backup Scheme

I want a failproof backup scheme for my home business. This is the scheme i have come up with so far: Workstation: C:\ SSD Drive 1: for OS D:\ SSD Drive 2: for Current Projects NAS L:\ HDD Drive ...
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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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How do you back up multiple terabytes of data? [closed]

While asking this question about a home NAS, Matt Rogish questioned my backup strategy for all this encoded video, and I had no answer. It seems that burning DVDs would be very time consuming. Also, ...
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Upgrading disks in a RAID1 Synology 2-bay drive

I have a Synology 2-bay 211j NAS with 2x1TB HDD installed as single RAID 1 volume. I'm running out of space, so I'd like to upgrade my NAS with 2x3TB HDDs. Is there any easy way to copy all data from ...
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Any NAS servers that stream FLAC audio?

I can't seem to find a NAS solution, aside from a custom built one, that is able to stream FLAC audio via UPnP. Streaming seems to be limited to MP3 or other popular formats. Do any exist that will ...
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Using Lightroom with images on a NAS with Windows and Mac?

The licence for Lightroom allows one to run it on their primary PC and laptop as long as both are not running at the same time. Has anyone tried running it on a shared set of images (e.g., on a NAS) ...
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Can I take my ReadyNAS drive in Raid1 and plug it straight into new different machine?

I would assume that I can just take my HDD out of my NAS (in raid1 mirror) and plug it into another enclosure and have it work off the bat but I'd like to make sure... Any ideas? Edit: My current ...
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How can I test a restore from a Windows 7 backup?

I've set up backups for my PC using Windows 7's built in scheduled backup feature that backs up to a NAS I purchased. All seems to be going well but I can't sleep well until I'm sure my backups will ...
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How should I set up my home file server?

I'd like to set up a home server for three purposes: Backing up a couple of local computers that are unlikely to ever exceed 500 GB of data each (highest priority). Serving up files on the LAN - ...
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What can be used as a low power linux based router/NAS?

I'm looking to replace my Linksys WRT54G router with a slightly more powerful (in terms of processing power) box, but want to keep a low power footprint (ideally 10W or less). My must have ...
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Looking for an external RAID storage solution [closed]

I'm looking to buy somewhere around 10TB of physical storage for personal use. Ideally it would come in the form of a single HDD array or network storage. I don't have any experience with RAID, but it ...
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ZFS moving drives around

At some point I'm going to build an OpenSolaris based NAS. I was wondering that if I make a 4 drive RaidZ1 pool and at some point need to move the pool to another OpenSolaris server do is there ...
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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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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 ...