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Debating options...use my older WHS2011 or build new NAS...

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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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