Originally Posted by Paul in SoCal
I don't think using NAS for real-time DAW work is a good idea (backup OK, of course.) A good 7200 rpm USB 3.0 drive is probably your best bet as an external solution. Or have your DAW builder put a second SATA-III internal drive in your laptop, even if it means giving up the optical drive (you can still use a USB external unit, if needed.) That's actually the ideal solution.
NAS never worked for us. Clogging the intranet. Issues with remote control...you name it.
We have 4 pcs running for edit work and 3 separate for Vienna VPRO. Working with 100 GB over net material all the time.
The viennas never liked constant monitoring.
To make it short. We have scrapped the fancy stuff.
SyncBack Pro is handling all the network backups 1:1. Its running on an old quad Opteron fitted with couple of 3TB Seagates. No compression. no fuss. HD is cheap.
After an hour it writes the same files to the external hard drive for the " if it doesn't exist in 3 different places it doesn't exist at all".