Recommendations for long term storage: RAID or ??

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Sean Nelson
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Re: my suggestions


My late wife was a big fan of external hard drives for backup. Cheaper than internal drives, which always made me suspicious. And those drives seemed to reliably fail soon after the warranty expired. Still, way better than nothing for backup.

For backups I swear by "bare" hard drives connected to my PC via a USB 3.0 hard drive dock.  The nice thing about bare drives is that they're cheaper, you know for sure exactly what drive you're getting (which isn't the case when you buy drives in enclosures), and they're compact enough to fit into a bank safety deposit box even when wrapped with bubble wrap.

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