Keep your files and photos safe with Network Attached Storage (NAS)

If you're anything like us, you'll have several tablets, phones or computers in your home. Multiple device use has increased significantly over the last decade – and that's before you get to other home entertainment devices such as smart TVs or digital photo frames. The trouble with all these devices is that they can all create or display content, so the challenge is increasingly about knowing where your photos, music and files are stored.

And, while your photos may sync between your iPad and iPhone, do you have a plan so you can get them onto your PC or display them on your TV? You almost need to have a strategy in place just to deal with your photos! After all, the danger is that you could lose the precious photo you snapped on your iPad just because you'd forgotten that was where you'd left it. No longer is backup just about making a copy of all the important stuff on your main computer's hard drive.
That's why network storage is the best option. NAS (or network attached storage) uses a hard drive that sits on your network, can be accessed by all devices and can have its storage expanded when necessary – no longer is there the need to spend out money on incremental USB thumb drives, burning DVDs or spend time copying to short-term external hard drives. What's more, copying to something on your own network is far faster than using cloud storage services.
Not only is it a central repository for files, photos and music in your home, but you can access all your stuff from any device that connects to your network or even over the internet when you're not in the house. You can also easily share your files within your home or office, with user accounts and user privileges that you decide upon. What's more, you can also back it up to a cloud-based storage service such as Dropbox, too, while many NAS boxes with multiple drives can back themselves up with RAID technology.
Inside a NAS box there are standard size 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch hard drives that you find in laptop and desktop PCs respectively. But while standard hard drives are designed for reliability within a PC or Mac, it's better to have purpose-built drives for use with network storage because of the always-on nature of network storage and the fact most NAS boxes can be configured for self-backup. That's where the WD Red family of hard drives come in – WD Red is the best drive for NAS and has been certified to work with many of the big name NAS boxes.
When choosing a hard drive for a specific application, it's important to consider the level of reliability that will be needed and the strain that might be placed on that drive. That's why WD Red has been designed specifically for use in NAS applications.
With WD Red drives for NAS, Every component and decision was built on a passion and determination to deliver the best NAS experience. WD Red delivers, with massive capacity and our NASware 2.0 software, which further improves drive reliability and protects your data in the event of a power loss or power disruption.