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OPINIONS NEEDED: How Do People Store Files?

BeautifulWoman_1984

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Hey guys,

I just want to know what my options are for making a "storage setup" to store files for my home setup?

I'd LOVE to hear opinions on what people do in mixed background that have Windows/Mac/Linux/Nix* machines in use as this is my situation.

For example:
What hardware do people use to store their files? E.g External USB HDD's that are connected to PC/Mac USB ports?

What software do people use?

Thank you so much!
 

eyoungren

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For me, it's mainly hard drives. I have four drives in my Mac Pro and large drives on most of my other computers (PC/Windows or Mac/OS X).

For stuff I want access to from any machine I have a PowerMac G3 running OS X 10.4.11 Server. It's sharing a 2TB RAID from an eSATA enclosure (the Mac has a PCI-SATA card with an eSATA adapter). Then there is my PowerMac G4 with a 250GB boot drive and two 3TB hard drives that I use as a glorified NAS. It also has a PCI-SATA card and it's running OS X 10.5.8 Leopard.

Both fileshare using AFP and SMB making access easy, no matter what computer I use. In the case of my server, AFP is port forwarded so I can access my server outside the house.

Lastly, my Mac Mini has a 2TB RAID attached (external enclosure). I have Dropbox linked to that drive on this Mac.
 

tee_cup

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I use Windows and have:

- 1TB for local data
- 2TB USB 3.0 for local backups
- 200GB Google Drive cloud backup
- 1TB OneDrive cloud backup

Not too fond of OneDrive backups, as it is often bloody slow.
 

BeautifulWoman_1984

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Thank you for your replies eyoungren and tee cup!

I'm not sure why this thread was moved to the Mac section as the question involves Windows and Linux/Nix*?

It's getting complicated for me to store my files... In the past I only had one Mac Mini and that was easy because Time Machine was amazing!
 

tee_cup

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Thank you for your replies eyoungren and tee cup!

I'm not sure why this thread was moved to the Mac section as the question involves Windows and Linux/Nix*?

It's getting complicated for me to store my files... In the past I only had one Mac Mini and that was easy because Time Machine was amazing!

To me, if you use multiple computers and even multiple OS', a cloud solution would be 'easier'...
 

BeautifulWoman_1984

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Thank you tee_Cup!

What products can you recommend?

I'm very new to all this storage stuff so it'd be great for me to see what's available.
 

Boyd01

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Thinking of your other thread(s).... your 2011 Mini would make a nice file server. Turn on file sharing with SMB and it will be available on your network for both Macs and PC's. It could also be "headless" without a screen or keyboard, and you could manage it with screen sharing. This is what I'm doing with my 2012 Mini.

You could then finally replace the 2011 Mini with something newer for everyday computing needs. :)
 
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tee_cup

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Quite a few good solutions have been presented here.

For simplicity and ease, maybe a simple USB storage, and then set it to share on the network. Sort of like sharing a printer, on the network.
 
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glenthompson

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I use an old Mac Mini as a server for shared files and media. It’s also a time machine destination. I keep my personal stuff and photos on my MBA and they are synced to iCloud so I can access from my iPhone and iPad.
Everything is backed up multiple ways and offsite as well.
 

velocityg4

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I use a Windows PC as a Plex Media server. It also acts as a file server for files and backups for any OS. Its drives are internal. I also plug in external drives to it occasionally for backups which then get stored in a safe.

Documents I want quick access to from anywhere or any computer are on Onedrive. Which also acts as a third/fourth location for important files.

Files only needed on a specific computer are kept there for quick access and backed up to a second connected drive. Of course they also get backed up to the server.
 

bimbashrestha

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Not sure if this is what you're looking for but I use BlobBackup (https://blobbackup.com) to backup my Macbook and my Windows workstation. I run one backup daily to my Synology NAS and one weekly to B2 Cloud Storage.

Full Disclosure: I'm the developer of BlobBackup:)
 

Blue Quark

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On a fat more elementary level, the difference between file systems themselves can be significant. exFat is actually pretty nice because it gives you large file size capabilities and large position size capabilities and is also naively supported across macOS, GNU+Linux, and Windows.

If you're feeling adventurous, you could take an otherwise unused or obsolete computer and set it up as a file server using something like Debian (which is my personally preferred distro for anything which needs to be as solid and reliable as a toaster) and then hang whatever storage you want off of that.
 
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