Tuesday, May 15, 2012

There's No Room Like an Empty Room


LargeWindows, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.
OK, so maybe it's a bit of a play on words, but I'm here to admit my storage situation has gotten dire. It didn't used to be this way, no, it's only a recent issue. You see, for a few years now, I have been using something called a "G-Tech G-Safe" which is a RAID mirrored device, 2TB in size, that holds all of my files. This device is a separate, powered drive, that connects to my main computer as a USB device. Yes, I'd have to say I've been using this G-Safe device for a while and, the entire time I was using it, why all was well with the world.

Then, as you can probably guess, things started to fill up. I went to Kona. I went to Iceland. I went to New Orleans. Two terabytes only goes so far these days. Yes, I'm afraid to admit, why I've all but filled the thing up. No problem, I thought, I'll just be the happy idiot that I am and just go on out and order a new one. Maybe they even have some nicer, newer, bigger ones, right? Right?!?

Wrong!

They have discontinued this G-Tech G-Safe device. Discontinued?!?! For those of you who can understand this, that means they aren't actually making any of these devices anymore. Oh the horror! What am I supposed to do now? Hope the bits just run across the carpet all by their lonesome selves and hop into a filing cabinet? Go back to using floppy disks or, even worse, tape drive backups that look like those giant old reel-to-reel tapes? Geesh! What were these people thinking? Discontinued!?!? (You can't discontinue something that's cool and something that everybody needs and wants, no, you're supposed to discontinue old and useless things, you know, stuff like punch card readers and old Betamax players, not cool RAID mirrored hard drive storage devices that actually work.)

So, I've started the hunt for more storage. I really love the idea of a mirrored drive. I love a RAID device. I really really want to be able to write once and have it go to lots of places. I really love the idea of having a sort of "instant backup." Unfortunately, the G-Tech people really didn't love the idea of continuing to make these lovely devices.

Shame on them!

So, I might just go ahead and order two 4TB drives and do the sort of "self mirror" thing, where I copy the files up once a week or something. Man, I just hate doing that, but it's starting to look like it's my only option.

While all of this has been happening, mind you, the main drive on my computer is starting to fill up too. Microsoft keeps issuing updates to Word and there are newer versions of Photoshop and Lightroom and...

Geesh!?! Can't a girl get enough storage these days? I mean, is 4TB really too much to ask? So, I have been fighting the storage woes. And losing. What have you been doing recently? Hopefully, you're doing something more productive like, oh heck, I don't know, watching paint dry.

Speaking of paint, this weekend is the wonderful West Austin studio tour or WEST as they have been calling it. (I've never been there but the catalog sure looks nice.) Rumor has it too that I'm in the City Hall exhibit which, as luck would have it, is actually part of this wonderful WEST tour. So, if you are so-inclined, look for me to head WEST this weekend. Yes, it's true, I might actually show up to this thing.

That is if my total lack of storage has not swallowed my brain entirely sometime before then.

Until next time...

3 comments:

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Hi Carol,
Not so very long ago you would probably have needed a great big warehouse like this one to store all your photos - or to house a computer big enough to cope with them all! Good luck with your hunt for the perfect storage device. And enjoy the exhibition.
Wishing you a happy weekend,
Janice.

Carol said...

Thanks, Janice! I hope you have a great weekend too.

Kit said...

Love, love, love the G-safe. G-tech also changed there warranty from 5 years to 3. A big drop in value if you ask me. CalDigit is the only comp to G-tech I know of. "CalDigit T2" is the next gen (thunderbolt) raid 0 equivalent.

Kit,
kitpearsonphotography.com