NAS for a Mac home: Airport Extreme vs. Seagate GoFlex
November 23, 2012 8:42 AM Subscribe
I want to move to network-attached storage. I've got two Macs and am trying to decide between buying an Airport Extreme or Seagate GoFlex.
posted by blueshammer to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have two Macs running 10.6.8 -- a MacBook 5,2 that could upgrade to Lion/Mountain Lion and a Mini 1,1 that can't, but which we will eventually replace. Our internet company comped us a Ubee DDW3610 router. Primarily, we'd like to run our iTunes and iPhoto off of NAS, but I wouldn't mind moving practically all our files to a "local cloud" and accessing them over wifi, and likewise accessing documents remotely. We have Roku, not Apple TV, but that could change over time.
It's Black Friday, of course, and I'm weighing a $90 refurb Airport Extreme (latest or latest-1 version, it's unclear) plus unspecified USB hard drive(s) against a $130 3TB Seagate GoFlex at a retailer for which I have a $20 credit. Alternately, I could get the GoFlex *as* the unspecified USB hard drive, but I don't exactly know what the advantages would be.
I've read up on NAS, including at AskMe, but I haven't seen a lot from the latter half of 2012, particularly regarding the GoFlex, and double-particularly regarding the GoFlex stacked up against the Extreme in a Mac household. I'd appreciate any pointers.