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PODCAST: Network Attached Storage is a great investment for teachers

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Do you want to keep your data more secure, conveniently access your files and save money all at the same time?  In this podcast episode, I will tell you about Networked Attached Storage (NAS, for short).  With a small investment up front a NAS is a great way to store your data securely and access it from anywhere in the world.

About a year ago I bought a Mac laptop from Costco to share with my wife as our home computer.  I pretty quickly realized it did not have adequate storage for all our needs.  My wife and I have two young children and we take a lot of pictures; I also make videos and podcasts for graduate school and other ventures.  We needed a way to quickly and easily store large files without taking up space on our Mac.

Apple has also moved away from USB ports on their machines to USB-C, so we would need adapters to plug in old flash drives and external hard drives to access our content.

Google Drive is the answer, some of you may be thinking.  Google is a great option for users who don’t have a lot of data to store (and don’t mind a large company having access to your data).  But there are monthly fees associated with storing data on Google Drive after the first 15 GBs, something that was a real turn-off for me.  I’m more interested in paying a little more up front for a one-time cost than adding another monthly bill.

After doing some research I discovered that a NAS, a small, boxy computer, was a great solution to this problem.  NASes on Amazon go for as low as $150, and internal 4 terabyte hard drives sell for around $100.  With those items, a few screws and an ethernet cord, I set up our family’s personal networked storage.  After two years of use this NAS will have paid for itself in savings — and most Google users certainly pay longer than two year’s worth of fees.  I also have 4 terabytes of networked storage — much more than the 100 gigs Google wanted to charge me for.

For folks who like the portability of a laptop but work with large audio and video files, a NAS is a great option.  They are relatively secure — there are probably more hackers targeting Google than me as a solo user.  You can access your content from anywhere on the web, making the storage much more convenient than a hard drive, and they are less expensive than that long-term monthly fees cloud storage companies want to charge. 

Check the show notes for additional information, device recommendations, and how-to videos.

Links:

Synology NAS $165

Seagate Ironwolf 4T Hard Drive, $104

Set-up Tutorial by Linus Tech Tips

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