Tim Kitson
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If you like the portability of a laptop but need to work with large files like audio and video, networked attached storage may be the solution you’ve been waiting for. With a small up-front investment you can free yourself from monthly fees for cloud storage. Watch the video below to hear about my recent DIY network attached storage installation.

Transcript:

Do you want to keep your data more secure, conveniently access your files and save money all at the same time?  In this podcast episode, I will tell you about Networked Attached Storage (NAS, for short).  With a small investment up front a NAS is a great way to store your data securely and access it from anywhere in the world.

About a year ago I bought a Mac laptop from Costco to share with my wife as our home computer.  I pretty quickly realized it did not have adequate storage for all our needs.  My wife and I have two young children and we take a lot of pictures; I also make videos and podcasts for graduate school and other ventures.  We needed a way to quickly and easily store large files without taking up space on our Mac.

Apple has also moved away from USB ports on their machines to USB-C, so we would need adapters to plug in old flash drives and external hard drives to access our content.

Google Drive is the answer, some of you may be thinking.  Google is a great option for users who don’t have a lot of data to store (and don’t mind a large company having access to your data).  But there are monthly fees associated with storing data on Google Drive after the first 15 GBs, something that was a real turn-off for me.  I’m more interested in paying a little more up front for a one-time cost than adding another monthly bill.

After doing some research I discovered that a NAS, a small, boxy computer, was a great solution to this problem.  NASes on Amazon go for as low as $150, and internal 4 terabyte hard drives sell for around $100.  With those items, a few screws and an ethernet cord, I set up our family’s personal networked storage.  After two years of use this NAS will have paid for itself in savings — and most Google users certainly pay longer than two year’s worth of fees.  I also have 4 terabytes of networked storage — much more than the 100 gigs Google wanted to charge me for.

For folks who like the portability of a laptop but work with large audio and video files, a NAS is a great option.  They are relatively secure — there are probably more hackers targeting Google than me as a solo user.  You can access your content from anywhere on the web, making the storage much more convenient than a hard drive, and they are less expensive than that long-term monthly fees cloud storage companies want to charge. 

Check the show notes for additional information, device recommendations, and how-to videos.

Links:

Synology NAS $165

Seagate Ironwolf 4T Hard Drive, $104

Set-up Tutorial by Linus Tech Tips

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Tim Kitson
Tim Kitson

Tim Kitson is an educator with an entrepreneurial spirit. Over the last ten years, Tim has worked with thousands of students to develop their reading, writing, critical thinking, and character. As a native of Flint, Michigan, Tim cares deeply about social justice and the role of the individual in its pursuit. He lives in Ohio with his amazing wife and son.

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