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Totally.

I like the D-Link NAS that supports the MyCloud apps. You can literally create your own personal cloud. They even have iPhone and Android apps, so you can access your files from any device.

You can do that with anything. wink.gif

No need to pay for a NAS when you can build your own file server for less (and it can do more, faster).
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What about dropbox?
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You can do that with anything. wink.gif

No need to pay for a NAS when you can build your own file server for less (and it can do more, faster).

True enough. But I like the NAS mainly for its 'always-on' functionality. It does not require that you leave your computer turned on all the time, even when you are not home. I also have everyone in the house sharing the same drive, so a dedicated NAS is ideal because it lets me reboot my pc without affecting anyone else.

It also means you do not have to build a whole server just to host files. A good NAS can also include an FTP server, Torrent client, media server, and other third party apps. It will also include RAID support, mine is set in RAID-1, so I don't need to worry about backups or dataloss. It's way less than the cost than building a server, unless you already have most of the parts. Plus it's smaller, quieter, more power efficient, etc...
I've actually had one drive in my NAS fail already. It kept functioning perfectly off one drive, it just sent me a notification of the problem. I swapped out the bad drive, and it automatically rebuilt the raid, and all data was still accessible during the rebuild process.

I know there's many other ways to accomplish the same thing. But IMO, there is no other way that is as easy, as painless/effortless, and as affordable.
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True enough. But I like the NAS mainly for its 'always-on' functionality. It does not require that you leave your computer turned on all the time, even when you are not home. I also have everyone in the house sharing the same drive, so a dedicated NAS is ideal because it lets me reboot my pc without affecting anyone else.

It also means you do not have to build a whole server just to host files. A good NAS can also include an FTP server, Torrent client, media server, and other third party apps. It will also include RAID support, mine is set in RAID-1, so I don't need to worry about backups or dataloss. It's way less than the cost than building a server, unless you already have most of the parts. Plus it's smaller, quieter, more power efficient, etc...
I've actually had one drive in my NAS fail already. It kept functioning perfectly off one drive, it just sent me a notification of the problem. I swapped out the bad drive, and it automatically rebuilt the raid, and all data was still accessible during the rebuild process.

I know there's many other ways to accomplish the same thing. But IMO, there is no other way that is as easy, as painless/effortless, and as affordable.

Most file server OS do all that by default or plug-ins.....

NASes are more expensive that a file server. You could build a 6-drive file server for under $150... try to do the same with a NAS!
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Most file server OS do all that by default or plug-ins.....

NASes are more expensive that a file server. You could build a 6-drive file server for under $150... try to do the same with a NAS!

Yeah, I know there are plenty of other ways to achieve the same things. The biggest benefit of the NAS is not the cost, but the convenience. It is literally just plug and play.
But having said that, I'm afraid I must disagree with you on the cost of a 6-drive server. You can barely buy a barebones pos for $150. But I know you can get a good 2-drive NAS for $100, which is all the OP would need.
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