Do I Really Need a NAS Device at Home?
As time goes on, and more and more of us have our lives organized on our phones and laptops, the need for things like file cabinets is decreasing, though the need for disk space is increasing rapidly. I've said several times over the last decade "I'll never fill that hard drive" only to prove myself wrong within months. Consider for a moment the things you use everyday that require disk space.
Companies are becoming more ecologically aware and friendly by encouraging us to get our bills, invoices and account statements electronically instead of printed and mailed.
Almost all of us have a cell phone with a camera built-in these days and pictures taken on digital cameras are stored on hard drives.
Perhaps you like to be able to queue up movies on your devices without having to pop a disk into the ROM drive. Movies are easily ripped and saved in digital format, just like a document. Music is another form of entertainment that we commonly keep a large cache of digitally.
Installation files for programs are not uncommon to find on our computers. Most of the time when we purchase a program, particularly if the purchasing was done online, we download a large file that sits somewhere on our hard drive. We then run that file, and it extracts the main data that becomes the program files used to run the application, but the original installation file remains. Sure, it can be deleted, but what if you want to keep it in case you need to reinstall? What about the licensing documentation that goes along with the installation file?
Keeping these things on your primary computer may be convenient while you're at your primary computer, but what if you wanted to access them from another machine in the house? What if your primary computer is in the shop? These are all things you could store on your centralized home network storage.
Here are some tips on how to organize your home office files.