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And so we enter day seven of King's College London major IT outage

Pascal Monett Silver badge

Definitely agree. Unfortunately, that also means you need to stagger the acquisitions, which means planning ahead which is becoming something of an exotic science these days.

When I decided to go for a home NAS, I first spent four months buying one 3TB every month, to make as sure as I could that not all disks would be from the same batch. On the last month, I bought the 4th disk and the Synology station that would make them all useful.

I do not see that most management types would be able to have that much patience.

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