Edit: that turned into kind of a story. You can skip ahead to the "*"s if you just want the question. Everything else is colorful backstory, but hey, sometimes I’m entertaining…
I’m in kind of a weird spot right now, moving all my stuff into a (very small) rental so we can sell our home and get started building a new one.
So, making things on the primo is going to be challenging, the cup Turner stuff is all packed away somewhere, and the pid speed control is on hold because I just spent all my pocket money pre-ordering the oculus quest 2 (I know, I know, Facebook…barf). I just built a pc in March (ryzen 3950, 5700xt, nvme, 32gb ram…sweet) but the motherboard took a crap, or at least that’s what I think it is, and it’s not much fun to CAD or game on my Laptop.
Well, that leaves me sitting here thinking about setting up the home network on the new house, which leads to thinking about safe file storage. Sucks getting bored. Once upon a time, I used a bunch of old stuff I had lying around (dell dimension 4600+random assortment of odds and ends) to play with FreeNAS. I was super impressed with myself that I got it working, but it was mostly just play. Then after a few months of posting myself on the back I got a little cocky and moved all my data to it so I could upgrade to windows 8 with a clean install. You know how this story has to end. The FreeNAS motherboard failed and I spent 2 months of free time trying to figure out how to get my data back. It is supposed to be as easy as replacing a broken part (wasn’t happening there) or moving the drives to another freenas and booting up (either I want able to do this or I did and something else broke…I’m not even sure anymore). Next failure was when I built my current machine. I knew my drives were on borrowed time, but hadn’t had any issues and I kept getting busy with stuff like building a cnc, for example. Then when I was trying to move my data over (finally redundant, raid 1). I got the dreaded bad sector. I got lucky with most of the important stuff, but whatever. Found out today my oldest kid has almost 1tb of her files (graphic designer) on an external HD with no backup. Apples and trees, lol.
So, what would y’all tell me to consider? At a minimum, I want a space to backup files periodically. Is a Nas or server worth the effort over just buying a bunch of hard drives and passing them out? I’d also really like to get rid of Dropbox for moving files back and forth (wife, kid, and I pass files around, plus I’ll use it to load gcode on the Linux box that drives the cnc). Then I could use my Dropbox accounts for backing up the stuff I REALLY don’t want to lose.
I’d like to pretend that I have a ton of movies and music to send out to tvs and whatever, but we stream Netflix and Spotify, so I’d be lying. My boys like to play a bunch of steam games, and some of them have pretty big downloads. They need to build new machines, too. Does it make sense to lean on network storage or just keep putting more hard drives in new builds? FWIW, i gave myself 1tb on my pc and I’m shocked at how much I have on it already.
Feel free to comment on any part of this, all of it, none at all, or something else entirely.