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Hey guys. A friend of mine is a photographer and picture editor and is looking for a solid external storage solution. My Friend isn't very tecky, and has no need for a NAS, so I would prefer to keep it simple with a usb connection. I need some ideas on how much storage I should look for, and some suggestions on some descent 4 to 5 bay enclosures that wont break the bank. All feedback is appreciated. Thanks!

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i got myself a, WD My Passport 4TB.

Looks very decent!

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You can use a NAS box with USB only, as long as it doesnt need to be portable.

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Is there any need for him to have multiple drives? From a quick Google you can get a 4TB single USB hard drive from Seagate for about £100. For an enclosure that supports 4 drives and RAID (the only reason I can see for multiple drives) you'd be looking at about £150 before buying the drives separately.

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