In 2011, I purchased a 2 TB Western Digital Elements external drive temporarily for rebuilding my in-laws’ home PC, and as a permanent external backup drive for Ipe family use. It’s only a USB 2.0 drive, but it served its purposes for weekly backups. Three years later, and I am seriously running out of room. With our growing home video collection, we’re running out of room not only for our primary regular storage, but the backup drive has been maxed out with the multiple backup sets that we were maintaining. Now, one backup maxes out the drive. I recently discovered that Norton 360‘s backup software detected that we ran out of space, and stopped backing up data on April 21st. No backups since then?
I looked at a few online and local storage options, and spoke to a knowledgeable friend, and I ultimately decided on a local storage option. I decided to use some of my recent “modeling money” to purchase the 5 TB edition of the Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive — a USB 3.0 external drive. It has good reviews overall, and it’s supposed to be fast. It normally retails for $219, but was $215 after taxes and after using my Best Buy gift card. I had hoped to use it connected to our new ASUS RT-AC68 router / access point, but I ran into what I hope are temporary issues. There is some evidence online that the Asus router only supports up external drives with a 2 TB maximum capacity. Say what?
While I research, I’ve got it hooked up directly to my PC for now. Norton Backup still took a few hours to back up my 2 TB of personal data, but at least it’s backed up. Now I just need to figure out a longer term primary storage plan (e.g. a larger hard drive). Or a network attached storage (NAS) device connected directly to the network.