NAS vs. External
New here and I'm in a dilemma of choice atm. I've just picked up a 1TB Sata2 hdd and am trying to figure out my best options for my data. I have about 1TB already full and bought this one to fill with my downloads and such.
Now, I'm trying to decide between an external enclosure (USB 2.0, 480Mbps), a dedicated NAS (say the D-Link DNS 323, 100Mbps with current router), or a NAS that supports both. It needs to be portable and I need to be able to access it without a router/internet connection without having to pop the NAS open and swap the HDD out to an enclosure/rig, but I share most of my data. The problem I face with the NAS' that double as an external is that I cannot use FAT32 because of the file limit, but will NTFS be too slow over a 100Mbps connection to get good transfer speeds of 12.5MB/s peak? The benefit of enclosure would be speed+portability, but harder to distribute (e.g. I am hosting a LAN coming up and need to distribute ~100gigs of games).
Perhaps I'm just thinking out loud but any input is appreciated!