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Top 5 Reasons why NAS is Better than an External Hard Drive

My dad recently entered the world of the iPod. He decided he was tired of lugging around his shockingly robust collection of Rush CDs and was ready to embrace a new way. A better way. So he spent a few weeks importing his entire library of music to his computer and a few more purchasing new material. Then, realizing how risky it is to keep so much stuff on his laptop without backing it up, he turned to me for advice.

He explained that he’d been thinking about purchasing an external hard drive, but wasn’t sure what one to get. I told him he should should look beyond the world of external hard drives, embrace his new technologically advanced persona and get a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device instead. And that’s the same advice I have for anyone wanting to back up their digital lives.

Which brings me to my list …

The Top 5 Reasons Why ShareCenter® NAS Devices > External Hard Drives

1. Back Up All of the Computers on your Network

Because ShareCenter devices connect to your home network, they are able to back up and store content from all of the computers on your network instead of just one. That means while you’re backing up work documents from your laptop, the rest of the family can back up all of the digital photos and music from their computers too.

2. Don’t Worry About Back Ups

ShareCenter devices come with advanced software that can be scheduled to back up your digital content on a regular basis so you can set it and forget it.

3. Share Files with Everyone on your Network

When you save your digital content to a NAS device, all of your important files are being stored in one central location. That makes it easy for everyone on the network to share stored content between computers seamlessly. And not to worry, ShareCenter makes it easy to give rights to specific users or groups and assign them to folders with either read or read/write permissions so you’re in control of who can see what.

4. Access Your Content from Anywhere

ShareCenter storage devices feature built-in FTP servers, which allow you to access your content remotely over the Internet.  Once you set up an FTP server, you can access all of your music, videos, photos and documents from virtually anywhere so no matter how far you travel, you’re never more than a few clicks away from all of your files.

5. Stream Media to your Computers and TVs

ShareCenter storage devices work with a variety of UPnP A/V compatible network media players (ever heard of the Boxee Box?) to stream videos, photos and music to your entertainment center so you can enjoy it all on the big screen from the comfort of your couch.

So there it is. Five reasons (among many) you should consider a NAS device for your storage and backup needs. If you’d like to learn more about any of the NAS solutions D-Link offers, swing by or visit any of the product pages below:


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