This post is for the techies in the family. It's not a travel post.
For the past few years I have had a NAS on our home network that has been used for local backups. Although I also have Mozy cloud backups set up for all three computers, the desktop, my laptop and Dianna's, I just like the extra security and flexibility that local backups provide. There are also some large files that don't seem to lend themselves well to cloud backup, like .iso files.
A few months ago I began to have problems with my desktop computer which was still running XP. After many weeks of trying to get it to work right, including a stint at "Daryl's Computer Repair", it just became more trouble than it was worth. I made the decision to shut it down permanently except for rare instances when I needed some old physical interface that only existed on it. We didn't really use it much anymore anyway, except that I did keep some large archival files on it because it had dual 250G drives configured as RAID 1. This has always provided good local security for my data. I had a drive failure a couple years ago and simply replaced the failed drive and kept on running. That's the beauty of RAID. I decided to just leave the desktop sitting here in case I needed an aforementioned interface, but I also replaced the 250G hard drive in my laptop with a 500G Samsung SSD and copied all the important files from the desktop to my laptop just in case.
All was well until about a week ago when the drive in the NAS failed. Fortunately there was nothing on it that was not also on one of my other systems, but still..... I decided to replace it with what I should have purchased in the first place for backups. I purchased a new NAS with RAID 1. Fortunately, the prices have really come down so it is much more reasonable than it would have been back when I purchased my first NAS.
I purchased a Buffalo Linkstation 220 with dual 1T drives. Although my previous NAS was 2T, I was only using about 600G of it so having only 1T is plenty. If I ever do want to upgrade I only need to purchase larger drives and install them in the enclosure.
I read many reviews and decided this will work well for me. Most of the reservations pointed out by reviewers had to do with using the NAS in a small office environment, and with features that I just don't plan to ever use. So far it seems to be working fine.