Unfettered File Access From Anywhere In this age of high-resolution photos and near-constant video capture, the storage space in your PCs and mobile devices fills up faster than ever. While you can certainly use an external hard drive for offloading and backing up files from your PC (and by extension, your phone), if you disconnect the hard drive and leave it in your office, you won’t be able to get to those files from home, and neither will anyone else. There are ways to allow other users to access the files on your hard drive, but they may be challenging to implement, or carry security risks. Instead, consider a good network-attached storage (NAS) device. As its name implies, a NAS is high-capacity storage that connects to your home or office network so that you and other users you designate can access your files from mobile devices and PCs without plugging in to the drive. Here’s what you need to know to choose the right NAS. What Can You Do With a NAS? Once you decide that you need to store files on a network drive, you then need to figure out what you want to do with them in order to determine what kind of NAS you need. For example, sharing access to Office files like spreadsheets and Word documents with your coworkers is a relatively simple job for a NAS. If you’re using the NAS to back up your laptops overnight, that’s pretty straightforward as well. But if you’re… [Read full story]
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