Tuesday tip: Before you buy that NAS…

When people are looking for ways to share data on their networks, they often run into a device called an NAS (Network Attached Storage). In contrast to external drives, these are actually file servers. (If an external drive is just storage, a file server is storage with a brain!) NAS are advertised as powerful and fast solutions to your data sharing needs, but is it completely true?

EconTechnologies, makers of the well known ChronoSync, has posted a great article on using an NAS with a Mac. Check it out before you get out your wallet. Cloudwards also has a good article about what NAS are and how they’re used.

Attention! Never simply put your DEVONthink databases on an NAS volume. Network problems could damage your valuable data. Better use the NAS as a WebDAV server and use the built-in synchronization to put a syncable copy of your databases on your NAS.

3 Responses to “Tuesday tip: Before you buy that NAS…”

  1. Christopher Brady says:

    This is perfect timing. Thanks for this information.

  2. Christopher Brady says:

    Hi, I’ve read the article at http://www.econtechnologies.com/chronosync/TN-CS-why-your-nas-is-slow.html and I noticed the date and the fact that WD and Seagate are advertising NAS for Mac. Is Econ’s article still up to date? If the problems with Mac still stand what should users look for in a XHD for backup?