I would like to set up a storage solution to preserve family pictures, videos and files and wanted some advice.
+ Ability to copy files from mobiles phones and computers and store them centrally somewhere
+ Ability to protect data from loss (i.e., redundancy such as RAID but off site or cloud not needed)
+ Costs need to be kept relatively low say max £200 (without HDDs) but lower costs desirable
+ Performance requirements are minimal, i.e., data transfer rates do not need to be fast
+ Storage connectivity – ideal is access via multiple routes (networked wireless/wired and USB - but plain old USB only would be an option)
+ Power and noise – it is preferred to keep noise to a minimum and to consume power only when needed (these will be infrequently used)
I have a number of Raspberry Pis and have operated one for the last five years as a DLNA server (Serviio) for serving my digital movie collection to my TV. I have a single external HDD attached to this Pi and it provides a network location that is good for my needs (but does not have either the capacity or redundancy that I need). I also have a good Windows gaming PC that may be useful here.
There are a wide range of options out there I am considering the following three:
1) Buy a system designed for this (e.g., a NAS like a Synology)
2) Buy an enclosure for HDDs that has a power supply input and a USB connection only (like https://www.amazon.co.uk/ORICO-4-Bay-Dr ... 061&sr=8-6) and connect this to either: a) my PC or b) a Raspberry Pi and with an appropriate sftp server.
Note: I don't have any major access requirements for the data and I think it would be sufficient to browse and access the data via the PC (either to a storage solution attached to the PC or via network to a headless Pi or NAS).
I am inclined to go for option 2b (as it may prove more satisfying to implement and reduce cost). There is loads of information about this on the internet but I was interested in your opinions. So I am asking here as I expect that many of you have been down this route and it involves a Pi. Any thoughts or advice? Any recommendations on hardware options or HDD (I am assuming standard 3.5” HDDs to provide 4-6Tb of storage)? I only need some pointers to avoid a bad experience and should be ok to figure out the implementation level considerations.