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Best NAS Drive 2019

A network attached storage, or NAS drive is basically an external hard drive that is connected to your router. The main benefit of a NAS drive is that anyone who is connected to your internet connection, either wired or wireless, can also access the hard drive. So the NAS drive acts as a central, local repository for files, music, video, movies and anything else that needs to be shared by people using the same network. If you choose to do so, you can also allow access to people outside your local network, in effect creating your own “personal cloud.”

NAS drives are also designed for media streaming, i.e. viewing or playing content without downloading it, and music and 1080p video can be streamed by virtually all modern NAS drives. However, if you want to stream, say, 4K video while performing on-the-fly processing to make the file compatible with your portable device, then you will need a more fully featured and capable NAS drive so bear this in mind when choosing a NAS drive to suit your needs.

Another important feature for some people is redundancy, whereby the NAS drive will have more than one drive or drive bay. This gives you the option of putting the drives into a mirrored RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) array, so that everything written to the first drive gets copied to the second. If one drive fails, no problem, you have a copy of all your files and media on the other.

Top 10 NAS Drives 2019

Whatever your needs our list of the Top 10 Best NAS Drives 2019 as rated by thousands of customers’ reviews is a great place to start your research and to help you choose the one that best suits your personal requirements.

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Synology DS216+II NAS DiskStation

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FreeNAS Mini Network Attached Storage

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Apple Time Capsule [5th Generation]

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Synology DS216J NAS DiskStation

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QNAP TS-251 2-Bay Personal Cloud NAS

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ASUSTOR AS1004T 4-Bay Personal Cloud NAS

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NETGEAR ReadyNAS 526X and Web Managed Switch

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QNAP TS-453 Pro 4-Bay Professional-grade NAS

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QNAP TVS-471-i3-4G-US 4-Bay NAS

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WD 4TB My Cloud Personal NAS

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