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What's the cheapest reliable method of backing up my data?

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 ...
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What's the cheapest reliable method of backing up my data?

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. ...
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What's the cheapest reliable method of backing up my data?

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 ...
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Inexpensive Long-term (10-20-year) Archival Storage

Your criteria are impossible to merge together and here is why, ordered by cost. You need a 10 year reliable storage that can handle more or less industrial quality requirements. This is a quite high ...
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System upgrade for a small home-server?

The perfect system here's impossible (and I'd be glad to be proven wrong). The HP microserver gen 8 however would be a fairly decent simple replacement that'll meet many of your needs, though not ...
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External SATA enclosure for multiple disks

OK, so I have used an older version of this product with success, but not had a chance to use their latest version. My experience was good enough to make a general recommendation. Icy Dock now ...
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Fast Drives for MySQL Database Server

Depends on your servers and your needs. Now, there's a few options with different levels of, well practicality. I'm suggesting samsung drives here since I've had decent experiences with them but your ...
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Cheap, reasonable 3TB internal HDD

It sounds like the best drive for your circumstances is a 3TB Western Digital Green. Normally, I'd never recommend a WD Green because of severe performance issues (the firmware prioritizes power ...
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Weather station with API access

For those looking for a Weather station with an API i found some (not ordered): 1) Ambient Weather JSON Formatted Data Connection secured by key Lot of weather stations (from $100 to $1000) 2) ...
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Drive to store very small amount of data

Well, there is an argument to be made here: Which is more important, low cost, or low capacity? I would suggest this: THZY 512M USB Simply based on low price this would work. Capacity is 512MB, ...
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Fast Drives for MySQL Database Server

13 million rows is 500GB?! You must have HUGE tables--that's 38KB/row! You must mean 13 Billion rows or 500MB? I've been running a database that has grown from 500GB a few years ago to 1.5TB+ now. ...
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External Music Production Library: NAS vs. External SSD vs. External HDD Thunderbolt?

Does it make sense to store relatively large sample libraries in a remote location? It makes sense, but it's not at all beneficial. If you're going to be pulling samples into your project fairly ...
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Is there a low power consuming device with good CPU to be used as a NAS?

If you want a non NUC class machine, just go with a mini ITX system. They arn't as ludicrously small but they have more expansion capability. Looking at these reviews something like the asrock 3150 ...
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Difference between 3.5" and 2.5" SAS for home office server

Its extremely unlikely that a NAS or home server's going to be faster than local storage. You're better off getting fast local storage first if external disks are slowing you down. Your file server ...
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Long Time Storage Solution

This is one of the best examples there are of the problem you will face: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Domesday_Book It might be better to ask how you can keep the data alive rather than in ...
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External SATA enclosure for multiple disks

The Mediasonic Probox looks like a good option for you. It can be found here It has support for esata and usb 3.0. It has fairly good cooling with a thermal sensor to automatically change the fan ...
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Is there a low power consuming device with good CPU to be used as a NAS?

Its a bit tricky. There's three elements to your problem and each of this needs to be handled seperately. Data, Power and 'space' Easiest way? USB 3.0 Hard drives. They are typically fast enough for ...
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Smallest PC that can store 3.5-inch HDDs?

TL;DR: An Inwin IW-MS04, Fractal Design Node 304, or Silverstone DS380. For the purpose of this, I'll be pretty much sticking to 3.5" HDDs–both since that's in the question, and since 3.5" HDDs still ...
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Does exist a SD card disk array?

You could buy a 4-port SD card hub for ~US$63. However, you could easily make your own: SD card readers are available for less than $US2, and a 4-port USB hub for ~US$6, so you could assemble a ...
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External drive plugged in for long time

It should not be a problem. These have the same technology as SATA hard drives, and those are plugged into servers for a long time. Make sure you provide a steady base though, since bumpage on an ...
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Persistent Storage for Blender Cycles Rendering for PC

So I shall estimate that 500GB is enough for Windows, your tools (Blender + other installed programs) and the current project. To store these 500GB to which you would want quick access, I recommend ...
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SDHC for the Wii

That card will work, but it's a UHS-II card and the Wii does not support UHS-II, so it can't use the high speeds offered by this card. In fact, the Wii is old enough that even UHS-I cards can't run at ...
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M.2 drive with 200,000 IOps R/W

That PNY SSD is pretty good, but looks like I can just barely beat you out ;) SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2 250GB $128 @ newegg ships free in the US 250 GB 300,000 IOPS 4K Random Write 330,000 IOPS 4K Random ...
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HDD connector for laptop hardidsk to PC

That's a custom connector, specific to your brand of laptop. It should be possible to pull it off to reveal SATA power and data connectors underneath, which will work with your existing cables.
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System to format at least 10 laptop SATA drives

You're honestly better off just formatting each hard drive individually. It would probably take less time to format them one by one than to search around for a good deal on a 10x hard drive supporting ...
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What USB to IDE adapter that can send the ATA Secure Erase command?

I stepped on this problem some time ago when I tried arbitrary smartmontools commands and they refused to work on USB hard drive. After investigation of this issue it come out that not all USB to SATA/...
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Large, reliable external HDD for permanent storage

I'd recommend some 3.5-based drive from WDC like Elements Desktop or My Book 6Tb. WDC seems to be a best manufacturer in the terms of reliability nowadays according to this study https://github.com/...
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Fractal Design NODE 804 supports 10 drives. What micro-atx motherboards support this?

As far as boards with 10x SATA III 6GBps, I would go with this board: EVGA X99 Micro2 Reasoning: Built in m.2 support, ideal for an OS drive, leaving all SATA devices open for other uses. DDR4 as ...
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Is there a NAS adapter for USB drives?

addonics has introduced its Network Attached Storage (NAS) adapter, which is a $55 device that lets you plug a USB-powered external drive in one end and then connect an Ethernet cable to the other end ...
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