Greetings! I started this thread to gather advice regarding storing a large amount of (legal) documents electronically. The firm that I work for currently maintains a large amount of client files (some dating as far back as the late 70's) in dated alphabetically-labeled boxes in a basement. As you can imagine, this system is sloppy (at best), and files are often lost when they are filed incorrectly. This obviously reflects poorly on the firm and can lead some clients to believe we're incompetent. Also, searching for a file for an extended period of time is counter-productive and takes away time that can be spent on other tasks. As a member of this community, I'm a Mac user and have been a Mac user for many years now, however, I possess only very novice technical skills and have no idea what the solution is or how to implement it. Also, I'm just a clerk (bottom of the food chain) so when I relay this information to the office manager and senior partners, their first question is inevitably going to be cost, so affordability is key. I understand something of this nature is inherently costly, however, I'd like to keep that cost to a minimum- it doesn't have to be fancy, it just has to work and be reliable for everyday use. With that said, these are the questions I'd like to propose: 1.) What kind of solution do you suggest? -Is it wise to invest in a server of sorts or should it be strictly cloud-based? -What's the difference: cost, ease of implementation, maintainance, reliability between options? 2.) What's the best way to implement it? -Scanning thousands of files seems very time-consuming but I understand it's a necessary part of the process; what's the fastest/easiest and most cost-effective method? -Is this something a novice can do, or would it be wise to hire a technician/consultant? 3.) What are the long-term costs associated with installing and implementing a database storage system of this kind? -Is it easily transportable if we relocate? -Can storage be easily expanded to keep up with additional files? These are my cheif concerns at the moment. I know I posed a lot of questions. If you can't answer each one individually, I'm hoping you can provide me with at least some advice and direction. I should also mention that we use a system called "Paradox", which looks a lot like an Excel spreadsheet and lists records with client information and the subject of their claim. Without this (simple) program, it would be nearly impossible to find anything that's not recent or newly (re)opened. If a system such as this one can be maintained in order to retrieve and print files (in PDF format, etc.) from the cloud or dedicated server that would be ideal. Thanks!