Preferred method for managing the data in your house
Two years ago when I was ready to finally get something I opted for the DIY route, going with unRaid in a SFF configuration. 4 1TB WD Green drives giving me ~3TB in data after a parity drive was put in use. The experience has been mostly awesome, but I'm beginning to want something more out of this thing. unRaid has an awesome community, but a lot of the stuff requires digging into the command line and telnet sessions. I'm not completely opposed to do things, but I'm not the only one relying on this data and the processor I went with is only a single core; when I built this I didn't plan on plug-ins. So I'm looking into pre-built boxes, but those things are pretty damn expensive.
There's also cloud options from Dropbox, Google, Box, Skydrive, etc but those have never felt like the right solutions for data management. They're syncing services, and the data is on someone else server. Plus they're damn expensive on a yearly cost. With Dropbox I'd need at least 100GB, but probably closer to the 200GB just for documents and photos. That's $200 year!!!
How are you handling data across multiple devices in your house? Do you really care that much about redundancy/RAID and having some kick-ass server, or have you made do with using cloud syncing services?
We keep ALL of our data on the NAS so I have tried to implement and keep up a robust backup system because a raid is not a backup even if it is a redundant raid. I learned that the hard way once years ago. All of the NAS raids I have had over the years (going on 9 or 10 years of NAS raid setups) fail at one point or another. By fail I mean the file system became corrupt or the hardware (not hard drives) failed. A raid can't help you get to your data in those cases. My single biggest piece of advice is to keep at least one regularly synced backup of your data even if it's on a raid. To be even safer in case of fire, flood or theft having a 2nd off site copy that you swap regularly is the way to go for piece of mind.
I have, generate and need access to a lot of data regularly at home for my personal projects so cloud storage has never made much sense for me. I currently have about 7TB of my 9TB of space filled after about 2 years in to the current setup. I did start with 4TB from my previous NAS. I might get a few more years before I need to look into expanding again.
Any way, 9 or 10 years of NAS love here.
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