I need help deciding on a home data storage/NAS solution.
I recently discovered that my external hard drive was making my computer take FOREVER to boot. Unfortunately that external has all my documents, videos, and music on it. While I could, it would be inconvenient to plug it in and unplug it every day.
I've been interested in Network Attached Storage for awhile now. Especially because I could then stream my content to my xbox360. And because I think it would make transfer from the desktop to the storage device much faster then through usb.
The problem is that I have no idea
what to buy. Google is helpful and brings up several possible solutions:
Traditional NAS Device
(with one or more bays for storage)
Pro: Expandable for future storage needs.
Con: Expensive, not only do I need to buy the device, i also have to buy hard drives to put in it (which are expensive
because of the flooding in Thailand last year)
Home NAS Device
(aka a External Hard Drive that attaches via Ethernet or USB)
Pro: More affordable then Traditional NAS Device.
Con: Sometimes not expandable. (Some have additional usb ports for more storage) There don't seem to be many glowing reviews of these on newegg. Can't tell if that's because people are trying to use it as a NAS or as a USB powered external.
Wireless Router with USB port for External Hard Drive
Pro: I already own the external hard drive and wouldn't have to move any files. About as expensive as a 2TB Home NAS Device.
Con: I have a wireless router that works fine. It's a good little router and I don't want to trade it in for something that doesn't work as well. Runs as USB speeds.
USB NAS Adapter
Pro: Least expensive of the options! Some have multiple ports for multiple external hard drives.
Con: Runs as USB speeds instead of ethernet speeds.
The adapter sounds like what I should go with, but I still feel like that's a temporary solution to the problem.
What I care most about: Speed of transfer from desktop to storage solution. At least 1 TB in space, 2TB would be more awesome. Possibly using as a backup device in addition to a media device.
What I care less bout: Expandability, especially if it's at least 1TB big.
Make the following assumptions:
- I cannot add internal storage to my desktop
- I do not own a second computer to use as a storage solution.
Questions for you:
- Do you have a NAS solution in your home?
- If so, how well does it work for you?
- Do you wish it was different then it is?
- Am I missing a possible solution I didn't mention above?
- What do you think I should go with?