What is a NAS drive?
Whether you’re looking for a way to easily expand your computers storage or if you’re just looking for an external device to save all of your holiday photos on, an external hard drive can seem like the best solution, but there’s another option that has a whole host of extra features. A NAS drive will allow you to connect to your external hard drive without having to be close enough to it to plug that USB cable in!
A NAS or network attached storage drive is basically a stripped down computer that is attached to a network that acts as a storage device for all computers attached to that network. Manufacturers build specialist units, normally with no monitor or keyboard ports that take up less space, use less power and give off less heat than traditional computers which they sell as NAS drives.
Some NAS drives come with a set storage capacity whilst others will let you expand the storage capacity by adding extra hard disks, these are often called ‘NAS enclosures’. With a NAS drive you can share your external hard drive with everybody in your network meaning they’re a perfect option for your home or business.
Not only that, but NAS drives can also come with a whole host of other features that will make your home or business network run much more smoothly. See our article ‘Why do I need a NAS drive?‘ for more information on all of these features.