Network Attached Storage Drive or NAS Drives as they are better known are external storage drives that are connected to your network via your router, they are powered on all of the time and can be accessed at any time.
Network Attached Storage Drives have massive storage capacities and are used to back up all of your folders and files from all of your devices on your network, you are also able to access your folders and files on your NAS Drive and download them back to your devices should you need to.
Although initially, they might seem expensive, at the time of writing in excess of £140.00 GBP, for 3TB, they offer great value compared with a subscription-based online back up service, as you only have to pay a one-off payment for the NAS, online cloud storage services can cost as much as £4.99 per month and are ongoing, if you work out the cost of this over five years the cheaper and better option is the NAS Storage Drive.
Keeping Your Data.
If you use one of these storage devices and have set it up correctly it is virtually impossible to lose any of your data as it will copy any changes and additions that you make to your folders and files, for example, if you have set it to back up your picture folders from your ‘C’ drive on your computer it will copy all of the folders and files within your picture folder from your ‘C’ drive to the NAS Storage drive.
An exact copy of every file and folder is made, then when you add more folders and files to the picture folder i.e; you have taken more pictures on your digital camera and downloaded them to the picture folder on your ‘C’ drive, they will be copied to the NAS Storage drive for safe keeping.
If your ‘C’ drive should fail or ‘crash’, your files or photographs are safely stored on your NAS Storage device for you to retrieve back to your ‘C’ drive, similarly you can also download your folders and files to any new computer or device that you have connected to your home network.
Your Network Attached Storage Drive is also your personal cloud, making it easy for you to share your folders and files via the internet with your family and friends and you can also access the drive via any web browser from anywhere in the world.
Have you had any experience with NAS Drives, perhaps you are thinking of purchasing one? If so I would like to invite you to comment your thoughts below.