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How to Connect NAS with Mac OS X

Jan 21, 2020

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How to Connect NAS with Mac OS X

By Tobias Geisler Mesevage

Let's Get Technical

NAS systems are hard disk storage devices that connect to your network, allowing for multiple computers in a network to share the same storage space – at the same time – which makes sharing data more efficient for many businesses.

NAS acts as an access control point for multiple users in various locations who all need to connect to a business’s internal network. NAS’ configuration eliminates the file-server function from general servers and creates faster, more reliable access to data on a network.

While mapping to the network drives is extremely straightforward with Windows operating systems, connecting NAS to Mac’s OS X can be more difficult.

Common Issues That Arise While Mapping NAS to Mac OS X:

Are you running into the following issues?

  • Cannot establish a permanent connection to the drives on the NAS on the Mac
  • NAS doesn’t officially support Mac’s Time Machine
  • Cannot locate the NAS on your Mac
  • Even if the NAS appears in finder, you cannot establish a connection

Don’t worry, despite your troubles connecting the NAS to OS X; it’s still possible.

The Process for Successfully Connecting NAS to Mac OS X:

The following five steps should help you successfully connect your NAS server to your OS X Mac.

  1. In the OS X top navigation select ‘go’
  2. Then ‘connect to server’
  3. When the connect to server window opens, enter the system IP address and NAS share name and push ‘connect’
  4. You’ll then be prompted to enter a username and password to connect to the server
  5. You should now see your NAS server in the ‘shared devices’ list of your Mac

To test the connection worked, try to create a new folder in your NAS. If you’re able to create and save a new folder, your disk should be successfully attached to your OS X.