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    NAS Storage??
    Hi All,

    I've recently decided to get a NAS storage device which ideally would have the ability to be accessed when not at home and/or allow external users to access files/folders (Family etc).

    I considered the Time Capsule but as this cant be accessed away from home discounted it at this stage.

    I brought a WD My Book Live but will be taking it back today as the transfer rates are very slow. It took over 2 days to transfer 80GB and accessing files from my Mac Book Pro is also slow.

    So, my question is: Do you have any suggestions on which to go for? In terms of budget, I'd really like to get some thing in the $300-500 bracket and it will only be serving 1 laptop.

    I like the look of LaCie products but wonder if I will have the same issues.

    I hope that somebody can give me some guides...

    Thanks in advance

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    Just realised that I have probably posted this in the wrong place.. I will try and move..

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    Question Which NAS device??
    Hi All,

    I've recently decided to get a NAS storage device which ideally would have the ability to be accessed when not at home and/or allow external users to access files/folders (Family etc).

    I also want to use it to store my iPhoto and iTunes library to free up space on my MBP.

    I considered the Time Capsule but as this cant be accessed away from home discounted it at this stage.

    I brought a WD My Book Live but will be taking it back today as the transfer rates are very slow. It took over 2 days to transfer 80GB and accessing files from my Mac Book Pro is also slow. Maybe this is the norm???

    So, my question is: Do you have any suggestions on which to go for? In terms of budget, I'd really like to get some thing in the $300-500 bracket and it will only be serving 1 laptop.

    I hope that somebody can give me some guides as I am not familiar in this field.

    Thanks in advance

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    many thanks..

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    After a bit of looking around the internet Synology seem to be a good match with Apple..

    I've narrowed it down to this product http://www.amazon.co.uk/Synology-DS2...dp_ob_title_ce

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks.

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    Looks interesting. Be interesting to hear your comments if you go that way. I am using D-Link DNS-323 and it has been working well for me other than having to do a restart every week or so so that my Macs will see it on the network.
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    I also just got a WD Mybook Live and the speed over my home network just does not cut it especially for big video files. My first time machine backup to the NAS took a whole 24 hours!
    As the NAS does not have any USB or thunderbolt ports my question is this; can I use a Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adaptor to transfer big files between my 2012 iMac (which has a thunderbolt port) and the NAS?

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    Once you leave the iMac, it's just regular Ethernet so that should be fine. Most NAS' support gigabit as well..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raz0rEdge View Post
    Once you leave the iMac, it's just regular Ethernet so that should be fine. Most NAS' support gigabit as well..
    what do you mean by 'leave the iMac'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hellfried View Post
    what do you mean by 'leave the iMac'?
    The packets. Once they leave the iMac (actually the thunderbolt to ethernet adapter), it's all ethernet.
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    So in summary the files can be transferred from the iMac to the NAS via the ethernet adaptor and vice versa. In essence I will be able to use the NAS as any USB enabled external HD. Thanks guys!

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    This is why they are Network Attached Storage devices.
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