What do you do with all your old disks after upgrading?

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Rhialto
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What do you do with all your old disks after upgrading?

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Have removed 2x3TB WD EFRX and was wondering what to do.

Do they have any sell value after 7 years running? I know I could buy en enclosure and use as external but I have the NAS for storage. What else?
Entered the NAS world with a TS-251+ (3TB Raid 1) in December 2016.
In December 2020, same disks were moved to a new TS-253D.
In July 2024 disks were replaced with 12TB.
A 16TB WD Elements is used for backup.
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Re: What do you do with all your old disks after upgrading?

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They wander from my main to the backup NAS, how is your backup situation ?
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Re: What do you do with all your old disks after upgrading?

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I rarely upgrade drives. If I need more space, I generally get a new NAS and drives, then my old unit becomes part of my existing backup plan. (6 x NAS boxes now, 1 primary)

A 3tb drive, particularly used, will have little or no value I would suspect to anyone else.

As mentioned your best option is likely offline backup. You have a NAS for "storage" of what? Primary source data or backups? If your data is all in one place, them you likely need backups (raid is not a backup).

Offline storage helps in a ransomware situation.
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Re: What do you do with all your old disks after upgrading?

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Now that NAS have 12TB in Raid 1 I also bought a 16TB external WD Elements for a backup.
Entered the NAS world with a TS-251+ (3TB Raid 1) in December 2016.
In December 2020, same disks were moved to a new TS-253D.
In July 2024 disks were replaced with 12TB.
A 16TB WD Elements is used for backup.
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howarmat
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Re: What do you do with all your old disks after upgrading?

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mine filter down to different NAS mostly. i do have a few stacks laying around though
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Re: What do you do with all your old disks after upgrading?

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Never hurts to throw a copy of your most important data onto a drive and have it in your safety deposit box too. Not a bad thing to have a few drives (even old, small and slow) around for this sort of thing or other storage emergency. (Or even to test a docking station, NAS drive bay, etc)
QNAP TS-563-16G 5x10TB Seagate Ironwolf HDD Raid-5 NIC: 2x1GB 1x10GbE
QNAP TS-231P-US 2x18TB Seagate Exos HDD Raid-1
[Deadbolt and General Ransomware Detection, Prevention, Recovery & MORE]
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