Choosing a NAS Drive
When looking for a NAS drive you need to ensure you find one that supports the AFP (Apple Filing Protocol) protocol. By using the AFP protocol for file transfers you can easily connect to the drive on Mac OS with the Network Browser application. This allows you to mount the drive onto your desktop as a normal hard drive would appear.
File transfer speeds over ethernet are typically the same speed as duplicating a file on the HD of your computer, or faster.
I have tested the following NAS Drives which have all performed exceptionally with both physical HDDs and SSDs.
- Asustor AS1004T
- Western Digital My Cloud EX2
- Netgear ReadyNAS NV+