I’ve got several 2 to 3TB hard disks totalling 8TB data, but the hard discs are getting a little older now. I have most data backed up also on hard discs that are getting a little bit older now, e.g. going on 4 or 5 years. Currently the hard drives are in 2 different computers.
My question is – for the purchase of my next set of backup drives, assuming that I don’t really need to house them in another computer or NAS (I’m fine with where they are right now):
What would be the best and most long-lasting media to go with (e.g. 2.5 drives, 3.5 drives of 2, 3 or 4TB), and how and where should I house them?
Is it ok to just by the hard drives and use an external ‘docking station’ to load them up, then put them in a safe place, not firing them up so frequently (maybe once a year), or is it better that they’re housed in a computer or NAS?
Or is there some other backup solution I haven’t thought of?