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Craig was sucked into the endless vortex of tech at an early age, only to be spat back out babbling things like "phase-locked-loop crystal oscillators!". Mostly this receives a pat on the head from the listener, followed closely by a question about what laptop they should buy.

So, you're not ready for rack-mount storage yet, but you need more than just an external hard drive to serve a few clients. It's time to look at Network Attached Storage (NAS).

There's a disk configuration to suit almost every situation, from two to 12 disks. Firmware tends to be shared between models of the same age, so feature-set tends to remain common within the one brand. Performance and capacity will of course change depending on how many disks it supports, what processor is inside and how much RAM it has. You'll also need to determine whether you need features like dual Ethernet for failover before making your selection.

If you're in the market for one of these beauties, here are our favourites of the NAS systems that we've seen thus far.

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DarrenH2 posted a comment   

Is there any chance of a review of the 'Buffalo LinkStation Quad'?


aslsw66 posted a comment   

Thanks for the reminder. I have been in the market for a NAS for just about ever (my wife is sick of me talking and not doing). I think I'm going to settle on one of the QNAP units - there is enough range in there to pick the right price vs performance sweet spot.

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