Network Attached Storage with 4 Bays
While it's tempting to add storage with external hard drives, network storage offers some interesting options. The big advantage of a NAS box is that unlike internal or external storage, NAS storage is immediately accessible from all the devices in the network, so you don't have to pick and choose.
One question you have to ask is whether you want bays in your network attached storage or not? A 4-bay NAS is a great option for many users:
- Flexibility: With four bays you have plenty of options for how to configure them from RAID arrays to individual drives.
- Expandability: A box with multiple bays is much easier to expand. Buy one drive at first and then upgrade to more as your budget allows and your needs require.
Filling Your Drive Bays
What you put in your drive caddies depends a lot on your needs and your network hardware. In most cases, solid state drives aren't worth it because few networks are fast enough. You also don't need to start with huge drive as it's hard to fill a 6 TB drive over a network.