I have a question which may be dumb, please bear with me.
I generally like keeping all of my important files on my Macbook Air - 1TB with High Sierra (main machine) to have with me at all times, except for TV shows and old photos which are stored on multiple external drives.
I backup my machine continuously with Backblaze, manually with Time Machine and occasionally do a Super Duper clone (I don’t like my external drives to be permanently attached, in the event of burglary, so I plug them in as needed).
My current predicament is that since COVID I’ve been collecting a lot of video material (mostly video recordings of conferences and classes, which I use to revise my notes) and they are too large to keep on my machine and quite resource-consuming for BB and TM backups too (especially since they both need to create local copies first, which eats up even more space).
I have therefore moved my large video recordings onto an external, permanently attached, drive (onto the Thunderbolt display which I attach the MBA to when at home). How would you suggest backing up these? I was thinking NAS, but I have to confess it’s not entirely clear to me how those work. Can I simply attach an external drive to my router with an ethernet cable and expect my MBA to see it? Or do I need something specific? My second thought was a drive attached to a Raspberry Pi in my partner’s apartment, would that work? (I would run the backup overnight since neither of us has much bandwidth). Does any of that make any sense and is it feasible? I have a 2TB Dropbox plan too (and I could select the folder not to sync), but I would prefer keeping the files on my own disks, if possible.
Thank you in advance for any inputs and apologies if I sound confused. It’s because I am.