In addition to Niel's comments, there are at least two things to consider when getting a NAS:
1. What are you networking requirements that you want it to satisfy?
For example, the following are common uses of a NAS device:
- File/Media Storage
- Media Streaming
- File Server Replacement
2. The other consideration is cost. As you can imagine these devices typically range in price starting in the hundreds to thousands of dollars.
Thanks to both you & Neil for your responses. I currently use my nas drive for file/media storage, backups, and media streaming. And cost is a concern. I was looking at a western digital my book live (3tb). It's within my budget. And it says it compatible with both windows & mac. Have either of you had any experience with this particular one? Are there others I should be considering or looking at?
I currently use my nas drive for file/media storage, backups, and media streaming. And cost is a concern. I was looking at a western digital my book live (3tb).
I have not personally used this particular NAS by WD, but do use and have flawless experience with a number of their external HDD solutions.
To get a detailied review of this NAS device, I would recommend that you check out this SmallNetBuilder article.
Similar to this WD NAS, two other NAS devices you may want to compare against is the Buffalo LinkStation Pro LS-VL and the Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive which they also review.