Um, so, right after re-doing the Home Computing Master Plan, I found this 500 GB hard drive lying around. Okay, so it wasn’t “lying around,” exactly. It was hidden inside a $25 SATA drive case. I’d put it there when I got the bare drive from DriveSavers (along with my $2,000 flashlight) with all my Precious Data on it. I’d transferred all of that to my (then) new NAS, and apparently dropped the now redundant drive off the edge of my memory’s cliff.
So I found it the other day when I was cleaning up. I promptly popped it out of the drive case and popped it into the NAS. Eight hours (or so, I went to sleep) later, We now have just shy of 1 TB of redundant storage in our NAS.
I believe that is step one of the new Plan completed. Cost: $0. Well, amortized over the last year. If you go back to last January, the cost was: one $2,000 flashlight.