I’ve rediscovered an old Western Digital NAS which I bought some years ago with the idea that I would use it as a personal cloud. For various reasons the NAS fell out of favour with me and I now use a 1TB Dropbox account instead. Could I use it as extra storage on my Mac?
Using a NAS as general storage is perfectly viable over a wired gigabit connection but I’ve always found the rigmarole of mounting a NAS each time I use it off-putting. Is there a way to automatically mount a NAS so it’s already there when you need it, just like a regular external drive?
Setting Up A NAS To Automatically Mount
If you go to System Preferences - Users & Groups - Login Items
If you click + and navigate to your NAS it will be automatically mounted just like the software apps which get launched each time you start your Mac
Use Symbolic Links To Make Your NAS More Useful
If you are using a desktop machine then you could integrate your Mac more closely by setting up symbolic links for folders such as sample libraries. If you’re not familiar with symbolic links and why you might need them then listen to the Production Expert podcast 363 from 32:42 where Eil discusses the free Symboliclinker utility which offers a friendlier alternative to creating symbolic links in terminal. Unfortunately the aliases created by Finder don’t function in the same way as a symbolic link.