09/08/13 351 W - + 7 - 3 Big Media Equals Big Drives

Major media upgrade at Blog Central this week. Converting my four-drive media storage system to a single drive. I've always used a second disk drive for storing my media, e.g. my digital camera files, my historical photo scans, and such. One drive for the computer's operating system and applications files, and a second for my media. Way back when, that second drive was external. Some years later, moved to an internal drive. Then added a second internal drive. Then a third. So far?

Earlier this year, I bought a new Dell desktop computer. Also upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7 Pro. At the time of upgrade, my drives consisted of one (system) and three (media). Two were mounted internally, and two were mounted externally using hard drive docking stations. Total storage for media was around 2.5 TB. With the new Dell, three of those were mounted internally. Bought another 1TB drive, and moved a mess of files around. They totaled maybe 3 TB, with total storage available of 3.5 TB or so. Still with me?

This weekend, we changed the system again. Merged the content from those four (!) media drives into a single 4 TB drive. My drives now consist of one (system) and one (media). Next, we'll be adding a second 4 TB drive. Again internal, but as a mirror of the media drive using the RAID capabilities in Windows 7 Pro. This will result in two drives with identical data, and a grand redundancy in the event of hard drive failure. For further protection, a third 4 TB drive will be connected via docking station. This will be a periodic manual copy of the media drive, which will be stored off-site.

And we'll do the same thing with the system drive, using another 1 TB drive and cloning (versus copying) the system drive. That way, if the system drive fails, the cloned copy is inserted and all the programs and application data is already there. Haven't deciding upon the software for that function just that. Will also make that copy on a periodic basis, and store off-site. 

Isn't technology great?

Suddenly, all pocket protectors within sight of this blog are at attention! So whats after a terabyte?
Napster - 09/09/13 - 00:16

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