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Best M.2 NVMe SSD for NAS caching 2022

More NAS enclosures are coming with M.2 SSD slots for speedy NVMe flash drives. The aim of these slots is to allow for improved overall system performance by allowing the OS to store frequently accessed data, acting much like secondary RAM. Here’s why you may want to use an SSD for caching and what are your best M.2 NVMe SSD for NAS options.

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Best TerraMaster NAS 2022: For Plex, storage, and more

TerraMaster makes numerous models, just like other enclosure brands, so how do you choose the best one for your needs? I’ve rounded up the best TerraMaster NAS enclosures to help you make the right decision, whether you need a cheap NAS for storage, a DAS for transferring files, or a server for running Plex Media Server.

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Best Synology NAS 2022: For home and Plex

Synology makes numerous models of network-attached storage (NAS) enclosures, but which one would be best for you? I’ve rounded up my favourite models from the company, including an affordable enclosure and one that’s well kitted out for running Plex Media Server.

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What is Network-attached storage (NAS)?

If you’ve somehow managed to stumble onto my website and aren’t entirely sure what network-attached storage (NAS) is, I’m going to run you through the basics. NAS is essentially file-level computer data storage for local networks, allowing you to store data from different devices at a single location.

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Best network switches for NAS 2022

A network switch is a must-have for anyone looking to build a physical network at home or in the office. Wireless connectivity has come a long way, but nothing competes against physical cables. I’ve rounded up some excellent switches that would go well with a NAS (or a few).

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How to set up a NAS media server using Plex

Getting Plex Media Server installed and running on a NAS enclosure is a simple process, even though it may seem a little daunting at first. The end result is your very own media streaming platform that can send all your stored content to your favourite devices to enjoy anywhere.

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Best cheap NAS 2022

Network-attached storage (NAS) can get really expensive, especially if you want more premium features. You don’t need to spend much to buy something truly special, however. I’ve rounded up some excellent enclosures with the most affordable costing less than $200.

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How to choose the best NAS enclosure

Choosing the best network-attached storage (NAS) is important since no one wants to spend more than they should and enclosures can get really expensive. Whether you want a server to store files locally or to host media for streaming everywhere in the world, no two NAS are the same.

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Network-attached storage (NAS) glossary

Are you new to NAS and are wondering what do all these terms and abbreviations mean? I’ve put together a list of popular terms used right here on NAS Master so you can differentiate RAM from a CPU and what separates HDDs from SSDs.

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Best SSD for NAS 2022: For Synology, budgets, and high capacity

It’s no secret that mechanical hard drives (HDD) are best suited for storing lots of data. Compared to solid-state drives (SSD), HDDs have higher capacities and lower prices, offering far better value. But they’re slow, louder, and have running motors that act as a source of vibration and a potential point of failure. The same goes for NAS, which is where my roundup of SSDs comes into play.

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