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May 11, 2014 10:25:20 AM

Greetings,

If I posted this in the incorrect section, please let me know. Sort of had a hard time finding the appropriate category.

My grandpa is looking for a storage solution that is accessible regardless of location.

Here are his needs.

Storage Solution
-Accessible from remote locations
-Secure, Encryption
-Access both mac and PC
-Support Backup software from multiple devices, Mac/Pc/Android/iOS
-Accessible from anywhere, so that you can back up those devices from anywhere.
-Storage for personal documents as well as work related.
-Shareable
-Catalog Capability (Searchable, checks for redundancies)
-Partions, but you must be able to share accross the partitions. So one could be delegated to one user, but if you wanted to switch files from one to another you can.

If all of these specifications cannot be met, I totally understand. We aren't needing every one of these. Just a sort of insight into what we are looking for. If you even nailed just the remote accessibility requirement, that would almost be enough. Encryption would be the only necessity.

We were looking at Seagate's Central option, and Western Digital's MyCloud option. Which is better in your opinion and why? He needs information on Speed, Dependability, and Up time.

There were complaints about when the internet connection got interrupted, the different solutions wouldn't reconnect by themselves.

He and I are just looking for more expert opinions as this isn't either of our forte's.

Also, if you can find a better solution that meets those requirements, please list it here!

Thanks a bunch,
Godbless & Most Sincerely,
Mathew J.K.
a b G Storage
May 11, 2014 12:21:31 PM

Suggest shop around for good cloud storage(search google). there is one (if im not mistaken) that have a option for lifetime VIP much more cost effective and it is solved everyone of your needs.
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May 11, 2014 12:22:50 PM

My grandpa does not like that solution as he is not the true owner of that data. Let's say that the data storage provider goes under, or he no longer has the money to pay for the service, his data is gone. Thus we are looking for a physical solution. Even if WD Mycloud goes down, he still owns the 4tb hard drive that is within the device.
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a b G Storage
May 11, 2014 2:10:11 PM

actually thats why i told you to search around some companies will give you a heads up to retrieve your data before they shut down, and about the money...you can find that there's a one time lifetime payment cloud storage provider out there....so there's no monthly payments. if you want there's a solution out there that you can run your own personal cloud storage.
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May 11, 2014 2:12:11 PM

Thanks for the help, Qazzi. My grandpa has decided that considering how limited his options are, with respect to the quality of the Seagate/WD options, he has opted for a local solution. He is going to be purchasing a EX2 and two 4 tb WD caviar Reds for a RAID 1 array.

Thanks a ton. (I only included my solution in case another individual is scrolling along months from now and would like to know a better option. lol)
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a c 775 G Storage
May 11, 2014 2:14:27 PM

A RAID 1 is not a backup. It only helps in the case of a single drive fail.
Fire, flood, theft, accidental deletion, corruption, virus......RAID 1 does not save your data in those scenarios.
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May 11, 2014 2:18:49 PM

I am fully aware of this. But this solution gives my Grandpa two copies of the same files. Doubling his success chances. If one fails, he have the other to extract the data. The fear isn't theft, he just wants to have the data.

Also, it is a backup. The various devices on the network will be the storage locations, these two hard drives will act as redundant copies. Also avenues by which the different devices can share and access files.
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May 11, 2014 2:21:20 PM

chaotixblade said:
I am fully aware of this. But this solution gives my Grandpa two copies of the same files. Doubling his success chances. If one fails, he have the other to extract the data. The fear isn't theft, he just wants to have the data.


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