Using an NAS for Centrally Managing Your Media

Utilizing storage devices outside of your computer isn’t just for corporate and business networks anymore.  The reality is that many households have more than one computer, many times with different operating systems, and could benefit from easily sharing data between the computers.

Western Digital MyBook NASTechnology has advanced to where it now not only makes sense, it’s financially viable to install a network attached storage device (NAS) to any home network.   Take for example Western Digital’s My Book World Edition NAS device: it has 2 terabytes of storage, installs in less than five minutes and is accessible by almost anything on your network.

Because the My Book plugs directly into your home router via an Ethernet cable, it transfers and streams data at the full speed of your router.  The device shows up in Windows under My Network Places, in OSX under Shared devices and for those running Netbooks with Ubuntu Linux, you aren’t left out in the dark either.  Simply go to Places, Connect to Server and enter the IP address of the NAS.  If you need to expand, the My Book also has a front-facing USB drive on it.

There are several reasons to utilize an NAS: obviously to back up your data, but one new trend is sharing media.  For Netbook users, this is essential, since hard drive space is at a minimum.  Utilize an NAS device to store movies, music and photos and access them at full network speed.  In the event you drop or lose the Netbook, or it gets stolen, all the data you need is still at home.

iTunesWindows and Mac users who use iTunes to organize their music can easily set their shared stored music directories to the attached storage device, freeing up hard drive space on their own computer and giving access to other people on the network.

Since it’s now easier than ever to legally acquire movies and TV shows because of licensing deals and broadband internet, it makes sense to download them once, store them on a My Book and then access them from any whatever computer is most easily accessible.

OSX users can also use an NAS to serve as their Time Machine backup; Windows can use the included automatic backup software.  An LED gauge can tell you at a glance how much free space is available on it.

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