Recommendations for long term storage: RAID or ??

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Re: Recommendations for long term storage: RAID or ??

There are NAS boxes that support 1GB Ethernet and that is the fastest data connection with your current computer, assuming that it is a laptop. With a desktop you could add a USB 3.1 port with a PCIe board.

The least expensive approach with NAS is to buy an enclosure (QNAP or Symbology) that takes 2 hard drives and use RAID1 that copies all data to both hard drives so each mirrors the other one. When one drive fails a replacement is put into the enclosure and the NAS will then copy data from the good drive to the new drive and at the same time you can access the data on the good drive.

With a NAS with Ethernet you or others can connect it to a wireless router and access it with a laptop from anywhere in the house. A wireless capable television can also access the files on the NAS and display them.

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