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My dad does very (I can't stress "very" enough) important documents on his computer. He has me save every document to a flash drive and then I put it on my external HDD that I also use for transferring game files just to be safe. He evidently cannot grasp the concept that Office 365 that we pay $10 a month for has a cloud storage feature built in. He wants me to set up a NAS device on our home network and I am not a whiz with networking. He got the idea from me telling him that they have wifi hard drives that you connect to your home network and you can use them on all your computers. We have 4 computers and because he is disabled, he needs one on every floor in the house.

So what do I do here? I would like a wifi hard drive just for convenience because it seems like it would be more convenient. Can someone educate me on how to go about doing this and how to get myself a nice one with about 250-500 GB storage for music, photos, and documents? My budget is about $200. I already have an external USB 3.0 HDD and my modem/router that the cable company gave me has a USB port. Would this work at all or do I need one specifically made for NAS?
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148614

easy to setup and understand

or you can leave one computer on all the time
set up an internal hardrive and set to share on network
then go to each computer and map network drive enter required info and it will forever remmember that hard drive location

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148614

easy to setup and understand

or you can leave one computer on all the time
set up an internal hardrive and set to share on network
then go to each computer and map network drive enter required info and it will forever remmember that hard drive location


thanks for the help but that hard drive got bad reviews. is there one with better reviews? And I don't think I can handle the second option because I am not that good with that sort of stuff and I get frustrated easily.
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though it got bad reviews. it depends on how it is hooked up. as for the complicated path you sometimes just have to take the jump and try it.

step one
install hard drive on a computer.

step two
set to share the drive
under advanced sharing click share this folder
then give it a name
write down network path

example: \\CHASERMK1-PC\Media drive

step three
go to other computer and right click on my computer

step 4
click map network drive

enter the network path
\\CHASERMK1-PC\Media drive

now that pc should find it
it might require a user ID and password the first time but not afterwards.

i have a video if needed. I would need an email to send it to though
Edited by Blade 117 - 4/3/13 at 7:38pm
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Keep in mind, that a backup isn't secure unless its off site. If your house were to catch on fire, with all the backups in the house, you'd be screwed.

If you won't do online storage, and if your data is truly that important, you will back up to a thumbdrive or external HD weekly and keep it in a bank deposit box. Use two and swap them out.
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Keep in mind, that a backup isn't secure unless its off site. If your house were to catch on fire, with all the backups in the house, you'd be screwed.

If you won't do online storage, and if your data is truly that important, you will back up to a thumbdrive or external HD weekly and keep it in a bank deposit box. Use two and swap them out.

you my friend have a very good point.
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I would also combine with an online solution such as dropbox, skydrive, google drive etc.
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