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Exploring Microsoft’s ‘OneDrive’ As A Viable, Long-Term Solution For My Photo Storage.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Where I stand with my 3TB (RAID 1) Drobo.


Click to access my original post from April 2017.


In 2017 I was not mentally ready to have all the photos I take, on a daily basis, stored offline, in the Cloud.

But, technology, needs and my attitudes do evolve. Having the 1 Gig Internet service, with 400MB uploads, is definitely a factor. Ironically, it was my 3TB Drobo getting jostled around during the 1G installation (on Monday) that got me evaluating my online options again. My Drobo going into ‘Data Protection’ mode for three hours to rebuild its storage image was SCARY. Got me thinking my long-term strategy all over-again. I know that trying to keep my photos local, on the RAID I (i.e., redundant-data/data duplicated) Drobo, is far from ideal. I really need to have the photos stored offline, in the Cloud.

I had looked at Google Drive, Google Photo and even Amazon Photo. There way of storing photos did not meet my needs! I store my pictures in folders per my criteria — NOT just the date on which they were taken. So, when I go on a trip I have a master folder for that trip. Then within that folder I have other folders my day, ‘topic’ AND camera! Yes, I always shoot with at least two cameras and I keep the pictures separate.

So, I need a very flexible folder scheme. OneDrive gives that to I. I tried creating some nested folders and uploading some pictures. Works. It seems viable. I still need to do more research.

I will keep you posted.


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by Anura Guruge

I Get A ‘Drobo S’ 5-Bay RAID-Storage With 6TB Of WD Disks For My Photos.

by Anura Guruge


Click pictures to ENLARGE.


Click for the Amazon listing for a Drobo S. My computer guy sold me one of his previously used units for $200.





We all knew that at some point my incessant photo taking was going to take a toll on storage.

Since September 2016 I have taken nearly 19,000 pictures.

That comes to around 2,700 pictures a month — 90 pictures a day.

I was storing my pictures on my 600GB ‘D’-drive. The main issue was backing them up. I tried Amazon Photo. That was a sad joke.

Kind of realized that online, i.e., cloud-based, storage was too slow and messy.

That was when my OUTSTANDING computer guy, Shane Selling — also of drone fame — suggested I get a local RAID unit. After some research and consideration I realized that this would work and work well for my needs.

As it happened Shane, having graduated to a NAS-attached ‘Drobo 5N’, had a ‘Drobo S’ that he was no longer using which he was willing to give me for $200 — which was quite the steal. Thank YOU, Shane. He even delivered and installed it. He is very good. Outstanding.

He and I had first talked about getting two 2TB WD Black drives that would have given me 2TB of RAID.

At the last minute I ended up ordering two 3TB GREEN WDs for 3TB of RAID — the GREEN drives more energy efficient, but slower. The speed was not an issue since I don’t access the photos that often.

It has worked out. I have had the Drobo S working for about 2 weeks. So far, so good.

Very handy for I. Don’t have to worry about having to backup my files. Just store them on the Drobo.

I think the 3TB will meet my need for at least 3 years. Maybe more. In my life, 3-years is a lifetime. So I am happy with that.

Given that I have 3 unused bays, and the Drobo is genuinely plug-and-play I can easily up the capacity without any disruption.

I am real GLAD that Shane steered me to the Drobo. Just the ticket.

Hope this helps.


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by Anura Guruge