When it comes to storage on your Chromebook you’ve got a few options. The obvious first choice is the local physical storage located in your device. The next option is Google Drive, which allows you to save files in the cloud.
Another option you have is to attach a network hard drive to your Chromebook. More commonly known as Network Attached Storage (NAS) drive.
Adding a NAS drive to your Chrome OS device brings a lot of benefits. The obvious one is that it gives you instant access to further storage. The other benefit is that most NAS drives come with decent backup facilities.
So let’s take a closer look at what a NAS drive is and how you can add one to your Chromebook.
WHAT IS A NAS DRIVE
A NAS drive is a hard disk that allows you to store a lot of data. You can get NAS drives from 500GB right the way up to 6TB, so the amount of data these drives can store is a lot.
They are perfect for someone who wants to add further storage locally in the home. The difference between a normal hard disk and a NAS drive is that it connects to your Home Network as an extra drive.
So unlike a hard disk where you need to connect it to the device you’re using. A NAS drive is connected to your router. This means any device connected to the network can read or write files to the NAS drive.
Once you’ve connected your Chromebook to your NAS drive. You can use it to access files just as you would with your local storage. Obviously, it will not be as fast, but providing you’ve got a decent WiFi setup you should still be able to stream movies, for example, without any problem at all.
NAS DRIVE BACKUP OPTIONS
Most NAS drives come with a few different options for backing up the files located on your network drive. This means they are generally much safer than just saving files to a local hard disk.
It will depend on the type you buy, however, most come with scheduled backups with many different options. A backup of the NAS drive image is one option or you can choose to back up just certain folders.
Some NAS drives also give you the option to add further hard disks to the NAS drive. This means you can connect a hard disk to your NAS and use this as extra storage space.
The benefit of this is that you immediately increase the amount of storage available. Also, the hard disk no longer needs to be connected directly to the device you’re using. This is because you can now connect to it via your NAS drive.
HOW TO CONNECT A NAS DRIVE TO YOUR CHROMEBOOK
It’s a lot easier to connect to a NAS drive than you might think on your Chromebook. Once you’ve connected once; you’ll not have to follow the steps again.
This means even after you’ve logged out of your Chromebook. When you use it the next day the files from the NAS drive will be available to use.
The video below shows how to connect a NAS drive to your Chromebook computer.
Adding a NAS drive to your local network is a great way of increasing the storage capability for all your devices in your home. It’s great to see that your Chrome OS device can also take advantage of using your NAS drive.
It’s extremely easy to set up and it provides better backup facilities compared to using an external hard disk.
It’s very similar to having your own cloud on your local network, so it makes it easy to access files from any device connected to the WiFi network. Always remember though, the data stored on your NAS drive is only safe if you do regular backups not stored on the NAS drive itself.