Storage space is getting cheaper, whether you’re talking about phones or computers. It used to cost astronomical amounts of money to get even 1GB of storage. As storage has become cheaper, files sizes are increasing. A photo taken with the Pixel 2 might be nearly 10MB, and that adds up over time. 4K video? We’re talking many gigabytes.
That’s why many of us have gotten serious about backing up data, and the cloud is only half the equation. You should also have local copies of all your important files, and a network attached storage (NAS) machine is a good way to do it. We’ve talked about Synology’s NAS devices a few times on AP. This is a company that takes mobile integration seriously with more than a dozen Android apps that integrate with its line of DiskStation NAS boxes. That’s why we (Ryan, Cody, and Jordan) been testing the latest generation of DiskStation models to see how they fit into our digital lifestyles. We’re overall pretty impressed.
Introduction and setup (Ryan)
Most computers in this day and age come with SSD storage built in. You probably get a few hundred gigabytes of that, or maybe a terabyte if you spend big. Spinning drives might not be as fast, but the capacities are much higher. You can get as much as 10TB in a consumer-level hard drive, which has made it feasible to basically never delete a file again. That’s a lot of data to leave lying around on a mechanical drive that will one day die, and that’s where NAS boxes come in.
A NAS (or network attached storage) is basically a tiny computer with an advanced storage controller. You add a few hard drives, and the NAS makes the storage available on your network to all connected devices. NAS boxes come in all