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, from your mobile devices), if you disconnect the hard drive and leave it in your office, you won’t be able to get to those files from another location, and neither will anyone else. There are ways to allow other users to share and access the files on your hard drive, however these can not only be challenging, but also 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.
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