Accessing the boot menu in OS X is a simple key press, though in some cases it requires specific timing in order to work.
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For those who possess decent networking know-how, the Synology Disk Station DS710+ makes an excellent NAS server for any environment. It's best suited for home office and small-business applications.
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If you need more than CRC-32 checksumming options in Disk Utility, a quick hidden preference setting can enable a number of additional options.
The Synology DS107+ is the most sophisticated NAS device we've tested to date. Its more advanced features require some networking know-how, but the included software and Web interface go a long way in helping you tackle the various offerings. You can't beat all the features you get for the price.
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