Best approach for backup/archiving?

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Best approach for backup/archiving?

I am admittedly way behind in my storage and backup solution. Up till now, all my images have been kept on my PC’s hard drive. When space gets tight I move files to an external drive. At some point, I also backed up my images to the same external drive, but that was months ago.

Obviously this is a disaster waiting to happen. I am ready to get my act together, but I need some help sorting out the best approach. Honestly, I am a bit overwhelmed with all the options. And unfortunately I can’t afford anything too elaborate (trying to stay in the $150-$250 range). Here are some of the options I have read about…

1) Get USB external drives and some kind of backup software to manage the process. I figure I would use 2 drives where I would download/sort/edit originals off one drive and have the 2nd drive as a duplicate (RAID 1). I have no idea what software is best for this.

2) Same as above, but using a 2-bay dock. That would make it easier to swap drives and might come with RAID utility(?). It might also be a more flexible solution with a chance to grow towards #3.

3) Buy a 4 or 5 bay RAID array. This would have redundancy built in (as I understand it), so I wouldn’t need to buy software to automate that. This seems like a better long term solution, but is too expensive at the moment.

Along with the question of which approach is best, I also am completely unfamiliar with brand names. So any insights on reliable brands for hardware or software would be very helpful. Oh, and to give you an idea of capacity, I have about 500 GB of data to back up (RAW files plus .psd files and finished jpegs). But I recently bought a D610 which has larger files and I plan on editing from some form of external drive to keep free space on my system drive. As you can tell, I'm a bit lost so any help will be greatly appreciated.

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