The best NAS drives

Three of the best NAS drives on an orange background
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Networked Attached Storage (or NAS for short) at first glance seems a rather old-school way of backing up your files and creative work. Essentially, networked attached storage is a very mini server – a bunch of hard drives all connected together within a system that is then connected to the network, usually your home internet system, so that anyone also attached to this system, wired or otherwise, can access the files on said hard drives. Many NAS systems come with their own software, so managing, backing up and maintaining files is a very straightforward process.

As creatives, we have a lot of work floating around – different versions of files, different linked assets and different catalogues and directories that all need backing up and storing in an area that is quick to access. This is one area where NAS excels, as not only is it safer than cloud storage from a security perspective with RAID backups, it also provides lightning quick access and write speeds so it can deal with large files with ease.

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Jacob Little

Jacob Little is a freelance writer and photographer and over the past ten years, has written for several national publications and brands. Based near Bristol, technology and the creative industries form the basis of his work, and he also provides content planning and project scoping services for agencies and businesses.