Need advice on what to purchase to hold 1TB of music and connect to my new Innuos Pulsar.

I just need 1TB of file space and won’t ever need more.  I am most interested in sound quality and staying under $500. The less money the better - if possible.    It will be hooked up to an Innuos Pulsar that has no internal storage.  The Pulsar is streamer only. My music, only 1100 CDs, is already stored on a Raid and I will only use this Raid for backup. 

No idea what I need. Don’t think I need a NAS, but may. Do I just buy a 1TB SSD drive? Which one? Connectivity? This is not an area I am well versed on as in the past I have always owned servers which had on board storage ( Innuos Zenith 3).  

I am a little lost here fellow Agoners. Thanks for your help.  Bill 




Both USB drive and SSD are SSD.  The USB drive is usually much slower and uses the 5V of the USB for power.  Audio transport doesn’t require the speed of a traditional SSD and most work great for 4K video streaming, which requires a much higher bandwidth.

i learned the hard way not to cheap out on a hard drive when i lost almost 2tb of hi-quality files stored on a generic ssd. my tech guy said to use only samsung and that even the better known wd and sandisk drives are prone to failure.

I have a Samsung T7, T5, and T3. The T7 is the latest and greatest and comes with both USB-C to C and USB-C to A short cables. 

Get a NAS

I use my Pulsar with a QNAP NAS and the Sense App is amazing. Also love my NAS to stream music videos to my TV using Plex

I use a 2 bay Synology NAS disc station (you want to run a pair of drives in RAID configuration) and a couple of WD  NAS drives.