100 thoughts on “What is a NAS Drive? (External Hard Drive VS. NAS Explained)

  1. QOTD ⚡What kind of content are you backing up? Personal or professional? What is your current storage solution? Let me know! 👇 ** Check out tips about video editing computers, workflow and backing up your data in this video series ➡️ http://bit.ly/ThinkVideoEditing

  2. I have been looking at systems like this. I heard the Western Digital brand requires internet hook-up for it to function, does this perform the same way is an internet connection required for it to work?

  3. Very Helpful! Thank you for the information. Could you provide the links to purchase the add on 2x500GB M.2 SSD Cache and a M2D18 Expansion Card. We can find them in a bundle package, but have not been able to find them after the fact on their own. Also, any chance you could show us how to install this upgrade?
    Thanks in advance!

  4. I want to get nas in my home but don't want to my family member to access it & they are conbected to my home wifi…what to do

  5. Hey, I have about 20tb worth of series and movies etc etc…would a nas be suitable for viewing movies and series via a network?…thanks, George

  6. I want to use a nas like a harddrive, like connect the nas to my PC via USB not ethernet. And add 2-3 hdd for storage and add extra 2-3 hdd to mirror or make copy the first 2-3 hdd for backup. Is this possible or nas only work with network?

  7. I prefer external enclosure to nas because if a nas is stolen in case of a break in for example, no matter what backup system you use, you loss all your files but with an external enclosure you can keep them at two different location and if proper backup is used, in case one is stolen, you still have one available. That is just my opinion

  8. Like Hansel and Gretel, I've been learning about NAS units by picking up little bits of information here and there. Had I started here, I might not have gotten lost in the woods as often as I have. 🙂 Excellent basic intro to NAS, and while it may bug some folks, as a professional educator (retired), your repeats of important points is a strength to your presentation.

  9. I'm wondering what would be the benefit of instead installing multiple 3.5 internal drives in Raid 5 or 6 inside a PC (if the case is big enough) and use Google Drive as online backup (if you have free unlimited storage). This way there are both redundancy and backup.

  10. Is the data that's saved on the HDDs encrypted for a specific system, or can the HDDs be used on a "plug and play" basis on any computer or dock? Flexibility is important for data back-up storage system in my view. Loosing the system with system specific encrypted HDDs can be a big issue.

  11. Thank You Think Media, this is a wonderful introduction for beginners,
    QN: How do you use NAS on Cloud? is it possible?

  12. Question:
    I am using D-Link router that allows to plug in external storage to its USB port so i plugged in external Hard drive with USB adapter.

    My transfer speed is 6 mbps connected with Ethernet cable.
    What speeds should i expect with NAS ?

    IF i transfer from old drive to SSD drive in my computer, i get about 35 mbps
    SSD to SSD starts at 300+mbps and drops to 8 mbps for some reasons and just back and forth.

  13. Does anyone know, if I started out with 2 HDDs in Raid 1 (only option at this point right) and then I go to 4, can I just move to raid 4? Do I need to offload the data before going to raid 4 or can the nas handle that stuff for me?

  14. Wow that 6 bay model is $749 Smackaroos :o/ Pretty pricey for a Storage Box and it doesn't even come with any drives :o/

  15. You can definitely share data from an external HDD. I get the point you are making, but it was poorly worded and might make some think there's no way to share files to other devices on your network.

  16. I use a NAS because my server's USB drives are all *2.0, and so the NAS is faster through the gigabit ports.

  17. I would agree NAS is more powerful and hard drive redundancy but they are more complex and as such there are a lot more points of failure in NAS than a simple external hard drive. For example setting up Ethernet is a lot more complex than USB with is plug and play. Also the operating system software running on the NAS could crash and if so you may not be able to access any of the hard drives without sending in the entire NAS unit for repairs. NAS has a motherboard which could have components fail separate from the hard drives.

  18. A RAID solution is never a backup. If setup correctly it saves against drive fails, what is great. But besides the mentioned potential loss of the complete NAS in case of a catastrophic event it also doesn't solve the problem of data that is lost by unwanted deleting or hacker attacks, viruses or similar.

  19. I don't believe it was mentioned, NAS storage requires NAS Drives. Not just a typical HDD. PLEASE make sure you're using NAS Storage in your NAS device.

  20. Thanks for this video! I work on a MAC environment for my design (web and print, little bit of video editing) work and rely mostly on Time Machine backup (WD MyBook 3TB). I also have a 6TB WD My Book for media files. I'm planning to get either a 10TB or 14TB WD Gold HDD which will be partitioned to 3TB (backup of works) and the 7TB or 11TB for my media files. What I want to happen is both WD MyBooks should backup to the Gold WD. What should be the plan for this? 😀 Thanks again!

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    Seriously, though, thanks for the info! It was very informative.

  22. This is an extremely simple and great video! Thanks! It completely handled my confusion on what to go with.

  23. Thank you so much for providing useful video about back up. Please let us know how can we back up in two different locations. Different location may have a different network. Similarly please make another video that can explain how can we back up in two different location which help to get data if one location is completely destroyed.

  24. Even with redundancy, NAS is still highly vulnerable. What happens you’re hit by a flood or a tornado? 🌪🌧🌊💻⚡️You’re SOL. 😆

  25. You didn’t talk about moving data speeds. Moving data across a network and WiFi is really much slower than plugging an external USB 3 hard drive to a PC. I can see that your NAS has two USB3 ports. Can I plug in one pc to one of the USB3 ports and another to the other USB3 ports so the two PCs can access the NAS at the same time with the high transfer speeds USB3 offers??? Instead of using the network connections. Thank you for the video !!!

  26. I just started working at a research lab with tons of video (probably 100TB collected over the past 30 years). The current solution…… VHS and cassette and CDs. Kill me.

  27. I have a network server already running Linux Its mainly for music on Subsonic and PLEX for shared movies, Can you run PLEX on this Nas system?

  28. BS! 🙂 There tons of external RAID hard drive enclosures. It is more convenient and easier to use. For the same money you can set two (2) external RAIDs and keep one in the safe location.

  29. You can certainly share your internal/external hard drive of your tower over your LAN. Most motherboards even support a RAID array of 0,1,10 that you can then share out over the network. All you have to do is configure the hard drive/s in the array you want, then use windows to share out that drive. As long as your tower stays online and connected to the network, you should be able to access the data from the wireless network from your laptop.

  30. I dont want or need a NAS I jsut want like a mega my passport external but in raid 1. So far what I have found is WD 12TB My Book Duo but the reviews are mixed. Some people say the fan is loud and feel cheap. I am trying to find alternative but I cannot find any. I really just want to plug to my pc or laptop and drag and drop things in I dont want to have it over the network. Anyone have any suggestions?

  31. Firstly, props for great video content and editing. Nice job there. So @2:15, you say that a downside of an external hard drive is that there is no sharing. Can' you share it as a resource plugged into a networked station?

  32. I'm looking for a great backup and DAS device for my Windows PC. Drobo seems to be an industry leader but over and over I read where it doesn't offer Windows Thunderbolt support. I'm looking for a device that will allow for 20-30 TB of storage. I've looked all over the web and can't seem to find anyone stating clearly what the best Drobo alternative for Windows users might be. DOn't really need a NAS and it's a slower interface for editing video or high res images. Any advice?

  33. Problems with the info shared in this video:

    1. You don't have to 'move' an external hard drive between PCs – Just network your PCs.
    2. Hard drives can be dropped and damaged? – So can a NAS (if you drop a NAS, chances are, more than one disk will be damaged anyway)
    3. Hard drives can be stolen? – So can a NAS…

  34. Umm, so correct me if I’m wrong. Ultimately, it all depends on your internet data plan? If you are bound with limited quota, having a media based NAS will definitely eats them up. 🧐

  35. Many good points. However, having all you data in one place can create other vulnerabilities. For example, I had my video files on my NAS and also kept a side copy on another external drive on another machine. I experienced a lightning strike. Had it not been for the extra copy located away from the NAS I would have lost years worth of data. I think that physical diversity is also a good idea. HDDs are not the only things that can fail.

  36. Excellent video. What I don't like about NAS is that everything is on-site. If my house burns at night, we lose the NAS, Camera, Phone, and backups. My router gives me a 3.0 USB connection to hook a hard drive to. In business, this sounds marvelous but for home, I think a 10TB drive with 1TB cloud back up of important stuff should work fine. Finally, I know what NAS is and can do. This video is very much appreciated.

  37. бля какой пиздабол – инфа за минуту в 15 впихнул – а все остальное инфа аля капитан очевидность ))) Западный идиот )))

  38. Hello, question. For Raid setup does every drive need to be the same size? I would be setting it up as a mirror as I need to make sure I do not lose data from failure. Thanks

  39. That DS1618+ is at least 875 Dollars without any HDDs (here in Europe). – Why is that while you can get Synology ones with 4 bays for like 300 Dollars? If you'd get 2 of those you'd still be better off financially.
    Almost 900 Dollars, and well over 1000 Dollars WITH the 4-6 HDDs added, is not a reasonable investment for a regular consumer, or even enthusiast. I could buy a monster of a PC or monitor for that amount of money and then still have a backup or even sharing solution for less. Say I get a 2 or 4 bay NAS with large capacity HDDs, I could probably do that for 300 Dollars. – The only reason to spend around a thousand Dollars on a NAS is if you need your files on a network or your files are super important because you use them professionally or something. Otherwise, just use HDDs and share them sending with your PC anyway.

    That said; Why do they charge almost 900 Dollars for that Synology anyway?… It's a case with 6 drive-controllers and some fans and perhaps a very basic computer inside and some software. It's not a high-end PC. I mean, that thing better be able to play the latest games in no less than 1080p at 60fps. But it doesn't, it's not that powerful, I'm willing to bet they put like an Intel Atom in there, so it's overpriced. And Synology is probably using their name as well.

    Edit: I just checked and there IS an Atom in there, valued at 75 Dollars… What else is in this box that pushes it to 900 Dollars?… Please, convince me… Some cheap and slow RAM will do it, yea?…

  40. 7:03 So?… Buy TWO!… Besides, WD has (or at least had) dual drive external solutions exactly for that. Why do you keep bringing up "if you lose it, your data is gone" as something against external hard drives?… That's just logic, but logic also dictates that you should just get a second external hard-drive. Also, usually you store your files on an internal hard drive and the external one is the backup. Just place it somewhere you can't damage it.

  41. There is certainly some redundancy in this video, but its well prepared and nicely presented. Good job and informative.

  42. all these raid backup solutions is same like 0 security against thieves, search warrant, power of attorney and so on

  43. "decomplexify", or simplify as it's known in most of the world…

    On thing that this video doesn't address is that you really, really have to add is a separate backup for the NAS itself. A fault with the device, a misconfiguration, a fire or a flood and you can lose all your data. RAID gives you data availability; it does not provide a backup solution, and if your business depends on what's on that NAS you had better make sure you have an independent copy.

    Typically, you'd have at least two backups of the NAS, one kept off-site. There are also remote NAS replication services (fine if you have the WAN bandwidth), but even a remote mirror could be problematical if it's just mirroring a miss-op.

    Another problem is the possibility of a ransomware attack, which is a particular problem with shared file pools. Just one infected computer could result in all the files on the shared folders being corrupted. Typically those ransomware attacks work silently, so by the time its detected it might come too late. The major NAS vendors do have logical snapshot capabilities which provides some protections (although a ransomware attack could rapidly deplete that snapshot pool with unpredictable results depending on how the server deals with that eventuality). Personally I want to know I have an offline backup that is not vulnerable to such attacks.

    I had a lifetime working on enterprise-level IT systems, and data security is something of an obsession with me.

  44. The title of the video is misleading. I watched for 7 minutes and you were still talking about a NAS *solution* not what a NAS drive is.

  45. get a decent switch never use a router as a switch if you want decent network performance learn how to share pchdd on a network

  46. Great video. But nas with raid is about uptime rather than backup. I currently have a single drive nas which sync my photo folders on my PC, and I use a portable drive to backup what's on the nas. There are 3 copies of my photos. I was think about getting a file server with ZFS or snapraid.

  47. OMG! I am one of those "multiple external hard drive" content producers who suffered a failure 3 days ago. I'm still in shock. So this video could not have been timelier! Thank you for explaining so completely. I now know what direction to go into, and how to change my production process so I never have to go through this emotional pain again!

  48. A NAS will allow me to share files from one computer to another, right? Cuz I'm getting a Gaming Desktop AND a Laptop and would like these two to share files. I'd probably also use it to backup data as well

  49. So let's recall about true redundancy.People will mislead you and tell you they have everything they need in their home/studio,and it's safe.WRONG.First of all,even if you are buying 10 of the same exact hard drives,they are not all the same,and some can fail.Most of the time,if you protect your gear,have the temperatures decent,and take general good care of your gear,it will last a long time.Plus,you have to factor in not allowing your computers to be used by a host of people who want to check FB,buy clothes online,play games,etc.If you have folks in your home,even your children,just get some old PC,and let them use that,from a switch,unless they happen to be directly on your business team.

    I had a friend over once,and had some music playing on the PC,and left the room for a bit.I came back and she had changed it,and then later i turned the computer off.From that day on,my computer stopped working properly,and I had to get my data backed up and had the computer sent back to MicroCenter to be fixed.It did work again,yet for some reason,all the audio gear,like the soundcard,speakers,etc,,never worked properly again.I grabbed some free older PCs and one day I am going to set one up so if someone wants to use a computer,they can.

    Anyway,you have got to have at least one set of computers somewhere else,and no,the basement doesnt count….So here's a scenario..The NAS x2=750×2….6 drive bays,so if you fill all of them…NAS #1x 6 drives @$100=$600 and then [email protected] plus drives is $600,so that $1500+$1200.You also can use older PCs you used to have an just store a few special pictures,in case someone you trust just wants some work sent to them.

  50. what about raid array hard drive closures? I was told NAS transfer speeds are slower cause its going over the network veruse thunderbolt or usb C- hardwire?

  51. how;s the NAS different than the 20tb RAID wd duo external drive you recommended on your other video sdd vs HDD on Jan 2018?

  52. hmm… some router support USB harddrive, this too would work for shareing files. The only upside about the NAS is that it has multiple drive for backup.

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