They are actually a combo of old primary drives and other storage. The way I use my drives now is I bought hard plastic cases for all of my drives and I store them on a shelf. When I need one, I simply take it out of a case and plug it into the docking station connected to my iMac.
Some of my regularly accessed bare bones drives in plastic cases that I connect to the docking station are:
- Photos 1TB
- Videos 4TB
- Old work files 4TB
- Music 1TB
- Instructional videos 1TB
- Video to convert
- temporary photo/video storage 1TB
- I use the built in Time Machine backup program with a 1TB bare bones drive to back up the SSD in the iMac
- As ridiculous as it sounds, every so often, I manually drag the contents of each of the drives I listed above to separate backup drives, so I have a separate backup drive for my Photos, Videos, Music, Instructional Video, etc. it is tedious, and I would very much like a better way....