Having once used multiple individual hard drives for backup like yourself, and then consolidated that into a RAID solution, I can definitely say it's worthwhile. All my data is automatically mirrored on multiple drives, so that if one is lost, the system can still be rebuilt. It removes the possibility of accidentally skipping files or having them be corrupted during a manual copy-paste process involved in using standalone drives (which I had happen countless times before implementing RAID!). What's more, if you get a RAID-capable NAS device by a company like QNAP, you can set up remote file syndication. For me, I use this to backup all my photos, etc to a remote server overseas. Combine this with local offsite storage such as in a (bank) vault, and you have ample redundancy.
Your point on proprietary filetypes and software is interesting. I hadn't really thought about that before from a long term (~50-100 years time) perspective. Definitely something to keep in mind!
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