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Although solid state drives (SSD) do have numerous benefits over traditional hard disk (HDD) equivalents, the one drawback is that they tend to cost more per gigabyte. Consequently, most customized laptops that have an SSD will typically have less storage space than a notebook with a normal HDD installed. This may cause some users to hesitate before upgrading their computer to solid state if they have a large collection of music, pictures, video or documents they need to retain.

But one convenient solution that allows users to take advantage of the speed of SSD without having to sacrifice overall storage space is network-attached storage (NAS). Essentially, this means you would have one or more HDDs set up in a special rack that makes them accessible over a network, rather than having the data stored on your local drive.

Any data that needs to be frequently accessed, such as work documents or project files, can be stored locally on the SSD to take advantage of its speed, while backups and files that don't need to be opened quickly can be kept on the NAS. NAS racks typically have multiple slots for new hard drives, so adding more space is very affordable. Additionally, if you have data that needs to be available to more than one device, NAS eliminates the need to have to transfer those files with a flash drive or over the internet.

By integrating NAS into your computer setup in conjunction with a local SSD on you customized notebook from PortableOne, you can enjoy the energy savings, quick read and write speeds, and durability of solid state without having to delete files you want to keep.

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