32 Terabytes of Photo Storage
In 2011, I wired six hard-drives into a case and made an 8 Terabyte server for my digital photos and files. It's been fantastic. The convenience of not having to spread files across half a dozen external drives is worth its weight.
The peace of mind the operating system, called FreeNAS^1^^, provides is even better. Its built-in safety features make it the best way to store data^2^^.
After three years of faithful service, Coltrane, which is what I named the server, has run out of space. It's possible to increase the size but I went a different route. A new server built with the knowledge and experience gained working on Coltrane. It's an eleven disk FreeNAS beast named Mingus.