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Your Best Solutions for Massive, Multi-Terabyte Storage  February 27, 2016 – 11:21 am

Your Best Solutions for Massive, Multi-Terabyte StorageIf you don't remember the exact criteria we were aiming for, here's a refresher:

  • 6TB of usable storage (i.e. 4x2TB hard drives in a RAID 5 array)
  • Connectivity must be faster than USB 2.0
  • Bonus points for network connectivity
  • As cheap as possible

Now, for the solutions.

Repurpose an Old Tower

While the general consensus was that it would cost about a grand for a storage device of this capacity, reader .

Just Plug in Some Drives and Back Up Online

Reader suggests just using a bunch of drives:

Your Best Solutions for Massive, Multi-Terabyte StoragePersonally, I've got an old desktop sitting around somewhere, and at least 2 TB of storage space between all my old hard drives. What I would do is buy 3 2TB drives (0 each on a good day) and just plug 'em in one by one to transfer data, then label each one with the stuff that's on it.

  • Storage, cost, setup: You can actually use all 8 TB of your raw storage because none of it is used for parity, making this the cheapest option, especially if you already have an old computer and hard drive. Setup is minimal...just fire it up, plug in your drive, and you're good to go.
  • Speed: SATA + time to manually switch drives is going to be faster than USB 2.0.
  • Redundancy/security: No redundancy, but a failure of 1 drive is only going to affect 1 drive's worth of data.
  • Network connectivity: don't tell me you don't know how to use basic file sharing.

Your Best Solutions for Massive, Multi-Terabyte StorageYeah, it's kind of ghetto, but it works.

Many people suggested using an online backup service like Mozy for backup. You're going to need a fast upload speed and a lot of patience to get several terabytes of data into any online backup service, but it's a good way to have an offsite backup of your data and keep costs down by just using single drives to get the job done locally.

Use Twin PCs

This option may be a little rough on your electric bill and your wallet, but it alleviates some of the problems with trusting data security to a RAID array. Reader prefers having two identical PCs, one for the main storage and one for backup:

I'd go for the simplest solution you can manage.

But everyone's saying a single RAID array, I think this seems like a terrible idea.

I'd go for a full blown computer with multiple ports and then a drive letter or mount for each drive.

Your Best Solutions for Massive, Multi-Terabyte Storage Your Best Solutions for Massive, Multi-Terabyte Storage

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