I thought this would be simple but External Portable Drives, External Desktop drives, Network Drives, Solid State, Cloud ....eh? I just want a box which I can plug into the my laptop and drag all my files and photos to for storage. Can anyone recommend something? Thanks.
Data Storage - Where do I start?
You need Two things:
Wd 1tb passport drive to drag stuff to.
Subscription to bitcasa to back it all up.
You can get a Western Digital 2Tb desktop with remote access for approx £150, and there's Backblaze for offsite data backup, for around $5/month.
Storage or backup?
If all you want is storage then a big external drive and windows backup will do it, drag/drop also available.
Next step up is a network drive - no need for plugging it in every time as it's there when you are on your network.
Separate tech is cloud storage - Dropbox/google drive etc. none of the free ones will allow you enough space for a decent pic collection I pay some extra to Google for a lot of photo storage via picassa. The folder is automatically synced when it runs. Same can be done with Dropbox.
To have a backup then the 2nd copy needs to be in a different physical location to the original.
My personal preference would be Network storage so that stuff is accessible to everyone in the house (music/vids/pics) with cloud storage for backup.
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