NAS Drive & External Hard Drive

  wee eddie 15:14 21 May 2015

I know that a NAS Drive has a small Computer built into it.

If you have a NAS Drive and an External Hard Drive attached to a Network which included a PC and a Laptop. What, in operational terms, is the difference between storage on them?

As far as I can understand, files stored on either are available, throughout the network, what else?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:05 21 May 2015

External drive needs the home PC its plugged into switched on

Nas drive is connected direct to the router and therefore the data is available from anywhere with an internet connection without the home PC switched on

  wee eddie 17:32 21 May 2015

So, if the "Home" PC is switched on, there is little difference.

I have seen NAS Drives with consumptions of as low as 13 watts but some as high as 40 watts, so running the PC throughout the period of use is fairly low cost compared to a £300 setup

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:19 21 May 2015

If the drive is powered you can connect to a USB port on the router "map the drive) on all the PCs on the network and it will be available to any pc / phone / tablet / networked PVR / smart TV on the network. I have done this OK, can watch films / music on the drive on my TV(via humax box) tablet and laptop anywhere in the house and garden.

but cannot access it via the internet - that is probably why a NAS is needed.

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