Network-Attached Storage - help

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Was thining about purchasing a NAS external hard disk (connected to the home router) for use with an iMac, Vista laptop (company machine!), Apple TV and a games console.



Decided to go down this route as opposed to directly connected to the iMac as it can be used when the iMac is turned off.



Sounds good in theory, but does anyone have any experience of this type of storage when used on a Mac? Can the NAS volumes be mounted as a drive, or is the only way via the share set up on the NAS?

Would it be compatible with Apple TV, or can that only see iTunes external data?



This is the unit I had in mind is:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Maxtor-Share.../dp/B000IFRSXO



Originally I was looking at the Western Digital My Book World Edition II, but the performace is lacklustre by comparrison.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Western-Digi...6680620&sr=1-1



Thanks for any help!



L.

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  • Reply 1 of 2
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,208moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by l33r0y View Post


    Sounds good in theory, but does anyone have any experience of this type of storage when used on a Mac? Can the NAS volumes be mounted as a drive, or is the only way via the share set up on the NAS?

    Would it be compatible with Apple TV, or can that only see iTunes external data?



    I have a Lacie one ( http://www.lacie.com/se/products/range.htm?id=10007 ) and I needed software to setup the IP but it has a web interface for formatting if you need it and various options for supported services like SMB, FTP, AFP. If you have these enabled, they all show up in the network panel in OS X.



    I use AFP most and you just select it, click connect just like you would a Mac on the network and type in a name and password that you set and it mounts as a drive. If you want to mount it like a normal drive, some have USB like the Lacie one. If I remember right, I couldn't get that to work properly at first but I don't know if I got it sorted once I had the device setup, it was a while ago now and it's just been attached to the network since then.



    I don't think it would be compatible with the Apple TV as it will look for itunes on a computer as you say. You can probably put your stuff on the NAS and that way have a shared library between all your systems and then the Apple TV can access that library via one of your computers.
  • Reply 2 of 2
    l33r0yl33r0y Posts: 94member
    Many thanks Marvin
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