Use Network-Attached Storage (NAS)

When I asked a technical friend about his opinion on which kind of Network-Attached Storage (NAS) device to buy, his response mirrored my own (and perhaps yours, too): He’d been thinking about getting one, but the sheer number of variables involved kept him away from actually making a purchase.

A NAS itself typically looks like an unassuming largish box, sometimes with just a single drive, but more often with two or more drive bays into which you insert bare hard drives or SSDs (making it possible to upgrade the overall storage over time by using higher-capacity drives). The magic that makes it special is that it’s also a computer in its own right, with a processor, operating system, and RAM to handle all of ...

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