Re: Do I need a NAS? Worth the money for what I need?
I just got a Zyxel NSA325v2 (2-bay nas drive) - which I must say offers excellent configuration options and a raft of features such as:
1) fast-copy button from USB port on front (to a configurable location on the drive)
2) auto downloading of RSS feeds, podcasts and torrents (obviously intended for legal content)
3) ability to act as itunes server
4) full media server capable on connections on TV, mobile devices, tablets etc. for photo, music and video sharing
5) gigabit networking (as you'd expect)
6) FTP server
7) Web publishing capability
8) auto-uploads to Flickr/Youtube accounts for photos/video respectively
9) drop-box and time machine for backup solutions
10) Print server
various other administrative options, user account controls and SSL capabilities etc. It's also very small and quiet with low power consumption. Costs around £90 for the enclosure and then you can get disks as required (it does RAID 0 and 1 obviously since it's 2 bay).
So far I've not had any issues with it and would recommend it to someone looking to start out. It doesn't require you to be overly technically competent, but doesn't hold back those who are (which is a very rare mix I must say).
Aside from all of that, I would say that if you plan on accessing content from outside your home network then ensure you securely configure your router (which may mean putting the NAS on your DMZ) and manage your volume shares correctly to publish only the content you intended over your WAN interface. If you don't feel comfortable doing this try to find someone who does since done incorrectly could easily allow others access to your personal data (stored insecurely on the NAS) or even your internal LAN.