Debating options...use my older WHS2011 or build new NAS...
Some things have happened recently that have really impressed upon me the need to look at data storage and backup here at home. I don't so much care about OS/system backups, but do care about file backups....photos, docs, genealogy files, and quicken backups.
I've been living at home with my parents for the past couple years and while initially, I ran my WHS2011 server, my father also had a WHS v1 server. And seeing as how I really only had media on mine, I turned it off one time (power outage or something) and then never turned it back on.
Recently, my father passed away, so I need to sort through, organize, and backup files from his system...as well as my own. Plus my mother has a PC as well.
One goal is to have either a WHS or NAS running where my mother and I can share files / both access things. Another goal is to have some data centralized to the WHS or NAS for easier backup to another disk for offsite storage...I plan to go rent a safe deposit box.
My WHS2011 does run Stablebit's DrivePool software which allows for selection of files to be duplicated on more than one drive in the WHS.
So I guess I'm asking...any reason to go with a NAS build instead of just resurrecting my WHS2011?
Also, how do long periods of being unpowered affect hard drives? I think it has been around 18 months since my WHS has been turned on. And I have another external drive somewhere that has been sitting off for even longer. '); }
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