I been doing some research on the best storage and backup solution for my needs and wanted to seek an experts opinion before I spent my $$.
Up until now I've been backing my system up on an external hard drive, which has recently failed and as I am reaching near capacity with some of my internal drives I'm contemplating a few different options relating to expansion and backup...
Note: I am an amateur when it comes to all of this so please excuse any inaccuracies or lack of knowledge with the information below.
I'm a videographer and amateur photographer. I work with large HD video files (~100mb-1.2GB) and RAW photography files (~18mb-50mb).
Current Storage Set Up
Internal 1 [60% full] - 1x Crucial M4 256GB SSD
(This is my dedicated Operating System Hard drive)
Internal 2 (Set up in RAID 1) [95% full] - 2 x 1TB SATA 7200RPM 32M
(This drive is used for photos, completed video projects, documents, music etc)
Internal 3 (set up in RAID 0) [35% full] - 2 x Hitachi 2TB Deskstar 7K3000 SATA 6GB 7200RPM / 64MB
(This set up is used purely for rendering and editing large HD Video Files, I'm also using to store video files*)
*No redundancy for this set up - hence I need to find a solution ASAP!
NOTE: I use Acronis software for backing up.
1. Buy two external hard drives. Use one for full system back up. Use the other to store additional photos, completed projects, documents etc
Pros: Affordable, Easy to set up
Cons: Not so 'neat' having several external hard drives floating around, not convenient having files stored in separate locations.
2. Buy a new external hard drive for full system back up and take 'Internal 2' out of RAID 1 to create more space for completed projects, photos etc
Pros: Affordable, fairly easy to set up
Cons: Less redundancy, will most likely need more space in 12months time.
3. Buy a NAS and set up in RAID 5 (start with 3 x 2TB drives). Move all of my docs, completed projects, music and photos to the NAS. Use Internal 2 as full system back up (could also perform full system back up on NAS) OR take 'Internal 2' out of RAID 1 and turn into RAID 0 for additional storage for Video editing files and possible editing of RAW photo files.
Pros: Plenty of space for future, Good redundancy
I would be in a state of despair if I lost all of my files so it's hard to put a price on that.
At this stage if I could find a solution for around ~$500 then I would be happy. However if spending a little more meant meeting my needs for now and into the future then I would consider doing so.
PSU - Corsair HX-1050 1050W ATX Modular Power Supply
M/B - Asus PX79 Pro
CPU - Intel CORE i7 3820/3.60GHz
GPU - Asus GTX660 TI-DC2-2GD5 2GB GDDR5
RAM - G Skill 16G(4X4G) DDR3 2133MHZ
Case - Antec Twelve Hundred (V3) Full Tower
O/S - Windows 7 Pro (64)