Upload & Sell: On
Thanks Steve and Rodolfo on the drive storage thoughts. I like Steve's approach, which is what I'm currently able to do with just two external drives plus the internal 1TB laptop drive. And yes, right now the next step would be to move from the 1.5TB drives I'm using now to 3TB. That seems to be the current sweet spot drive size - 4TB drives jump to almost $400 each.
What I'm worried about is at my current pace, I may fill the 3TB drives before the next generation (5TB or 6TB?) are affordable, and then I'll have to consider some...Show more →
You're overthinking this.
Steve and I are doing essentially the same thing. My desktop computer (a tower PC) has three 3TB drives inside in a RAID-0 array for a 9TB storage volume. That holds everything I've ever done and not lost (). I have a Drobo S (USB3) attached to that same computer with 4 x 2TB drives, and that's my first line of backup.*
You could do the same by using two 3TB disks (primary and backup) right now. If you fill them, just add two more 3TB disks and you're done. No big deal to have two disks be your primary storage and the other two be your backups. If you want to think about arrays, Drobos, servers, or anything else, great... we'll be happy to help you and it's not hard. But you will not need to do that before you fill up -- at the very least -- your first 6TB of files.
* One should always have at least one backup copy off-site, so ideally you'd get three new 3TB drives if you're going to sell the older 1.5TB units. Since I have two high-capacity servers (one in Guatemala and one in Miami) that store company and client data, I store additional backups of my personal stuff on those.