I hope I'm not crapping on this thread with a rank beginner (or off-topic) question.
I periodically toy with the idea of a bona fide NAS/RAID setup, but because I'm a) a cheapskate and b) uncommitted--I still prefer messing with physical discs, even though I've got 4+TB of digital files, and even though I've already learned the hard way about disc rot--I vacillate and never make the leap.
My latest halfway scheme involves consolidating the contents of several external drives, including my old
"network" drive (a 2TB Seagate GoFlex Home) onto a 12TB WD Elements, then converting those old drives into backups and plugging the 12TB into the USB port on my router, like so:
Turn your Wi-Fi Router USB port into a viable NAS server solution with these tips. Hint: A router NAS works well as long as you don't expect the world.
Here's my question: will that 12TB drive be constantly spinning (and if so, won't that shorten the life of the drive), or will it power down if it's not being accessed for some specified period of time? The interwebs haven't been much help in getting a definitive answer.