While SSD storage remains relatively low capacity and expensive, it’s advantageous to have higher capacity 3.5” SATA drives available on a local network. We recommend WD Red or Seagate IronWolf drives. Synology and Seagate sell excellent multi-bay NAS enclosures.
NFS is recommended over SMB when mounting NAS shares on local network. Note that NFS does not allow for password-based logins and has some issues with Spotlight integration in the current version of macOS. However, in our experience, it is quite a bit faster and a more reliable connection than SMB. It’s also recommended that a machine with automounts enabled is stably connected to the NAS via Ethernet.
NAS shares will be accessible at
/mnt/NAS. It is no longer recommended to automount shares at
/Volumes. Create this directory then edit the
sudo mkdir /mnt /mnt/NAS sudo nano /etc/auto_master
Append this line to
Create a new file at
# One share per line Documents -fstype=nfs,nfc IP_ADDRESS:/shares/Documents
Reboot. The shares should load automatically and be accessible to all macOS users.
If you need to disable automounts, here’s how to revert:
cd /etc sudo cp auto_master~orig auto_master sudo rm auto_nas