Nowadays, the continuous growth of data has resulted in an increasing demand for storage space. To meet the high-capacity demands, more and more users are turning to NAS as their primary storage solution.
NAS can store important data such as photos, movies, music and office files centrally. Compared with the service of public cloud disk, NAS as a private cloud, has larger storage capacity, safer storage data and faster access.Not only can be used by personal and home users, but also meets the storage needs of small and medium-sized enterprises.
However, with the continuous growth of data, NAS storage space may not be able to meet the needs of some professionals or businesses. Especially for professional groups such as photographers, designers, and multimedia creators. More and more photos and videos are taken, which takes up more and more storage space. In this case, people urgently need to expand their storage space.
Direct Attached Storage, or DAS, is used to connect storage devices directly to a target computer or server via specific interfaces. Common interfaces include USB3.0, USB3.1, USB4, Thunderbolt3, SAS, eSATA, and SATA/FC.
The traditional approach is to use DAS to connect to a computer to increase additional storage space. However, by selecting the appropriate DAS device and interface, it is also possible to use DAS to connect directly to a NAS for fast expansion of NAS storage space.
TerraMaster is one of NAS brands. They has been dedicated to the development and innovation of storage products for years. With outstanding hardware design and strong software development capabilities, they provide users with highly reliable and valuable products.
TerraMaster recently launched their 6-bay USB external hard drive enclosure with a very powerful hardware configuration. It adopts the USB3.2 Gen2 protocol and provide 10Gbps data transmission bandwidth. The speed of installing 1 hard disk can reach 510MB/s, and the actual read/write speed can reach 1016MB/s when 6 hard disks are installed. Meanwhile it compatible with various hard disks, such as 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch SATA hard disks, and 2.5-inch SATA SSD.
D6-320 is equipped with a USB Type-C interface and a USB typeC-type C cable, and could be compatible with a variety of computer interfaces: USB 3.0/USB 3.1/USB 3.2/Thunderbolt 3/Thunderbolt 4.
The D6-320 also offers a unique feature where it can be connected to TerraMaster NAS via USB interface, and not just function as a USB external hard drive enclosure. When used with a NAS running the TOS5.1 operating system, D6-320 can be used to create separate storage pools and arrays, providing a more flexible way to expand the NAS storage space.
1.Expanding NAS storage space with storage pool mode
In storage pool mode, the hard drives in DAS are regarded as the same as NAS hard disks. Users can add DAS hard drives to the NAS storage pool to build array in an independent storage pool to flexibly expand NAS storage space.
2.Expanding NAS storage space with external disk mode
In this mode, each hard disk in DAS is treated as an independent storage space, and can be used as a separate disk drive to expand NAS storage space. Each hard disk in D6-320 is viewed as an independent storage space, and can be used to expand NAS space as a single independent disk space.
D6-320 offers a large storage space, with a maximum hard disk capacity of up to 22TB and the ability to provide up to 132TB of storage space. It can also be directly connected to Windows or Mac computers as an external storage enclosure, breaking through storage limitations and providing more storage space to improve work efficiency.
DAS is usually more cost-effective than NAS. For example, the cost of purchasing a 6-bay NAS may be around $800, while the cost of same capactity D6-320 only be $299.99.
With its large capacity and low cost, whether in storage pool mode, external disk mode, or directly connected to a computer, the D6-320 can quickly expand NAS storage space to meet high-capacity storage needs, providing an economical expansion solution. Its fast transmission speed and large storage capacity also provide a convenient storage solution for content creators to store multimedia materials.