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    What to do with old external HardDrives?

    I have three, older, USB analog external drives I used for backup and storage. I now have more SSD storage than I need on two thunderbolt externals which back up and transfer files much faster.

    What to do with the old ones? Can I daisy chain them and create a Sonos server connected to my xfinity modem/router? Am I smart enough to do this? Anything else clever I can do with them? They were decent ones in their day but not so much anymore.

    WWMD?
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    Old hard drives are good for non-critical data that pretty much just needs to be read. You get a lot more read cycles than write cycles on HDs generally.

    Almost every router can take a hard drive to make it accessible via your wifi, so a media server is a good plan. I don't think you could realistically just daisy chain a bunch together in that setup though, because I think you'd need some software to do it.

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    Correct, but you can get the hardware to do it. Wouldn't bother. Put the photos you cherish on them and put them in a closet somewhere.
    Is a media server even necessary these days?
    No longer stuck.

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    Good idea to stash photos on them in the closet. Just wish there was something clever and creative to make use of 3 old externals.

    Thanks.
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    If I lived in WA, Oft would be my realtor. Seriously.

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