As a creative professional or freelancer in general, having all of your project files safely stored and saved in really important. Lately, I have been conducting personal research - on how to store my files and projects for the long term. The ultimate choice comes down between two choices. Most of the professionals say that setting up NAS is a long term solution, however, some argue that NAS (Network Attached Storage) is expensive and that we should stick to external hard drives.
I have an idea to set up my own NAS server to store all of my project files. Along with photos and videos that I take during my trips. This would allow me to store all of my files in one place, my own personal home cloud server. While the NAS drive would stick to one place, I can use all of my files from all of the devices that are connected to my network. It has a lot of benefits. The only thing that makes me think is just the price of setting up such a device.
My calculation is that this sort of thing would cost me around $400 (maybe more if I buy high-quality hard drives which are specialized for 24/7 use). However, I am not quite sure if setting up a NAS device would be really needed. Currently, I use an external hard drive, on which all of my files are stored - and that allows me to have my files on both my PC and laptop. This isn’t a long term solution as the external hard drives are fragile, you move them everywhere, and etc.
My budget option would be to buy one more external hard drive just as a backup device for all of my projects and store it somewhere. I might use those $$$ I save for buying better lens for my DSLR.
Yep, you would say that it would be better if I buy dropbox subscription, however, my upload speed is so slow that Dropbox wouldn’t really be from big help from me.
How do you store all of your files for the long term? Do you think that a NAS would be worth it?