Has it been only 2 years since I bought the 4TB Cloud and 4TB My Book? At that time I bought the pair so that the My Book would mirror the Cloud using manual sync software (Beyond Compare) at monthly intervals or whenever I have time to sync the two.
Last year I started noticing that some users were selling their 4TB clouds and My books at a much cheaper price on Craigslist, thus I managed to buy a couple of extra 4TB Clouds and 4TB My Books; thus I have 3 x 4TB Clouds and 3 x 4TB My Books. Subsequently I have divided all my data into two separate Clouds, photos and ebooks on the ArchiveServer and Movies and Music on the MediaServer. Mac Backups are on the remaining 4TB Cloud and 4TB My Book.
Recently BestBuy had a sale on the 8TB Cloud and My Book. They also had a sale on the 16TB Ex2.
It was very tempting to consolidate all my data back onto one Cloud and one My Book or the possibility of consolidating everything into one 16TB ex2. Once I had consolidated everything, I would then sell all my 4TB clouds and My Books at which I probably would regain the price that I had spent on the new hardware. However, no matter how much I wanted the new hardware, I could not justify the expenditure even though I should regain the cost. The fact remains is that I could no longer trust a single Cloud drive or even a mirrored ex2 Cloud drive.
In the event that single Cloud fails, I would be out of luck with all my data.
Right now, I have three Clouds and three My Books that mirrors the Clouds. In the event that I have a single Cloud failure, I can immediately pull one of the other two clouds into action. Even with two cloud failures, I can daisy chain the USB My Books onto a powered Hub and enlist the last cloud as a NAS for all my USB My Books. Effectively, I have 12TB of storage with multiple options for configuring all 6 drives.
I’ve been tempted by the sale and I’ve spent at least 6 hours toying with adding and subtracting the 8TB cloud to and from my cart. I’ve also toyed with the idea of having a 16TB mirrored EX2 (which was also on sale) of which I never would have to manually sync my files, but then again, how safe will I feel with having all my eggs in one WD Drive? Although since I am on a Mac, I believe that I could pull one of the EX2 drives and simply mount it on my Mac.
The sale is over now and the window of opportunity is gone. Somehow I feel elated as the decision has been removed from my choices but then again, I am sure some time down the road this opportunity will present itself again and then I will, once again, feel the indecisiveness.
I went through this indecision last year with the 6TB Cloud and 6TB my Book and I resisted all temptations. In fact I did buy the pair on New Years day but returned them immediately; unopened.
Your thoughts would be appreciated on my conundrum. Tell me that I should be happy with what I have.