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Ballparking from your backup plan (12 GB working set, weekly backups, retention of three months), and assuming full backups rather than incremental backups, you need about 150 GB of storage, rather than the 1 TB you specify. At this scale, you're looking for an external USB hard drive or solid-state drive. None of these is exceptionally reliable (five-year ...


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I've had good luck with Seagate Barracuda drives. You can get a 1TB bare drive for $50 on Amazon, or go all the way up to 5TB: Note that there are reports that Barracuda drives could be unreliable. In that case, take whatever hard drive (or SSD) brand you like (some are better than others in general). Now, get yourself an external drive mount. I've been ...


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For super portable backups, I always recommend a Western Digital Passport. They come in a few different capacities and colors and you can choose an optional "grip" to make it quieter when it's laying on a hard surface. The one little setback with these is they are entirely USB-powered, which is great, but that means transfers won't be as fast as an external ...


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I'm sorry I don't have a source on this as it's more of a result of long experience in the industry than anything else I can really point to, documentation-wise (so if someone else comes along with a document-supported answer, obviously upvote that answer, not this one), but I am 100% confident that both drives are running at 7200rpm. The difference in model ...


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Assuming price is not a concern, neither one has much of an advantage over the other for your purposes. A powered-down laptop hard drive is reasonably shock-resistant: the 500g rating is roughly equivalent to falling off a table onto a concrete floor. A SSD has a much higher random-access speed than a hard drive, but backup and restore are mostly sequential-...


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This questions has already been answered but here is concrete information provided from seagate. I also agree with the answer. Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 1.58.13 PM.png


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I am not sure if you will get all the listed requirements, usually if you want something cheap you will sacrifice elsewhere. That being said, you should look at 'MDisc' as a backup medium, also 'magnetic tapes' would also be worth looking into as an alternative. TechTarget.com - did a write-up on some of the options for cold storage backups - Demand for ...


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You might look for a 2-Bay USB HDD case, for example the LOGILINK UA0154A. There are plenty of casings around, see Google Shopping, but this depends on the size of your disks (2,5"; 3,5", ...). I would recommend two 2,5" SATA SSD's to get the best performance. Edit: I really recommend to plug both drives to the same controller (let the "external hardware" ...


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Not sure how opposed to used things you are and/or where you live. I've taken the liberty of converting 1500 euros to 1750 USD. If you're willing to manually instal the requisite software and don't mind used parts, you can 'expect super power for virtual machines and heavy load for MySQL server', as said by Romeo Ninov. Off of a quick ebay search, I found ...


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I will offer you to check those devices: Synology DiskStation DS918+, Qnap TS-453A-4G. They support all you want. If you have bigger needs for disk space you can check next models Qnap TS-653A-4G, Qnap TS-853A-4G (with 6 / 8 HDD) and Synology DiskStation DS1517+, Synology NAS DiskStation DS1817+ (with 5 / 8 HDD) But do not expect super power for virtual ...


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I ended up keeping the Intel CS125, and just returned the 4TB drive, as I technically didn't need that much space yet. For now 2TB will be fine. But after talking with Intel support, they suggested that it's likely a 4TB drive is just too much for it to handle, and would be incompatible via USB 3. (I am still curious whether another 4TB drive might work, ...


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You don't specify a price range, but your use of the word "cheap" implies you looked at what's commercially available and were shocked by the fact that even low-end tape drives run around $2000. I'd recommend getting a secondhand Quantum TC-L52AN (internal drive) or TC-L52BN (the same thing, in an external enclosure). I don't have experience with this ...


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DVDs come in various varieties*, for example DVD-R (RW) 4.7GB (4.4GiB). Using these for important data (backed up very week/month) alongside atleast 2 separate Hard Disks (possibly with at least storage medium one off site in case of disaster) can be effective method of ensuring your data is safe. DVDs can be bought as 'spindles' (which in packs of 100 4....


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There are plenty of good answers already. Let me sum up and add my experience: use hard disks, not tapes use actually magnetic HDDs no SSDs (not only a question of cost, but also long-term storage, see http://www.anandtech.com/show/9248/the-truth-about-ssd-data-retention) it's debatable if server HDDs (build for 24/7, fewer spin up/down) or notebook HDDs (...


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