Good nas drive; can work in usb enclosure with some effort
A nas is a great way to add storage for the whole network where everything can be reached from any system connected. It is not as simple as a usb mass storage device like a thumb drive, of course, but it addresses a completely different issue. So far, this drive has proven to be a good one, though its reliability remains to be demonstrated over the long haul.I have the 8tb drive, and it is great for dumping huge numbers of videos, music, documents and other media needed across a small network. It is fairly fast too, so streaming video from the nas to any given device on the network is reasonably smooth as long as the network can handle the bandwidth (keep this detail in mind if you are wanting to stream video over a slower wireless network - the lag isn?€™t necessarily the drive?€™s fault). The drive is very quiet, though not silent, and so far seems to stay acceptably cool.I did learn that it does not work all that well in a usb drive enclosure right out of the packaging. I have an enclosure that is capable of handling drives up to 8tb so i decided to try an experiment with the drive when it first arrived. I put it in the enclosure and connected it to my windows 10 laptop. The system saw the device, and it even saw the drive and recognized the model and serial number, but it was unable to access the drive or even format it. I had more success with my linux system which recognized the drive and was able to access the partition table and display drive parameters. I did not repartition the drive or make a file system for my experiment though i believe it would have worked.Time will tell if this drive will be reliable over the long haul. Based on my experience so far, it has worked out well and i have had no issues. It?€™s the largest drive i have worked with and can handle a lot of data. If you need wide open spaces for your network storage solution (or you are willing to fiddle with it to get it working as a usb solution) this is a good choice.