little black box

I pulled the trigger on something i have wanted for a year now.   A 2 TB WD X HD – translation, a 2 Terrabyte Western Digital External Hard Drive.  I have been price checking them for a while, 1 Tb is about $100 and  2 TB / $200 then you find them all for varying amounts  on sale.  I was expecting to spend $150 or more on 2 TB or settle for for 1 TB if i couldn’t find it on sale or got to the point where i HAD to buy one.   One of my rules was to only buy a piece of hardware when it started to COST me money not to have it.   I can’t quite say that yet…but i am paying for my automatic backup but i haven’t used the automated backup since the computer crashed in December.  i have been basically using Carbonite as cloud storage.  I need to get all that stuff into a local  harddrive and then turn the automatic backup back on again. Capiche?

Terrabytes are big..really big.  How big are they?

1,099,511,627,776 or 240;
approx. 1,000,000,000,000 or 10

  • 1 Terabyte: 50000 trees made into paper and printed.
  • 2 Terabytes: An academic research library.
  • 10 Terabytes: The print collections of the U.S. Library of Congress.
  • 400 Terabytes: National Climactic Data Center (NOAA) database.

(more – byte info)

This should arrive tomorrow and I am going to make a serious POINT about keeping it clean and organized. I can imagine that most of the American’s buying these are  just shoveling stuff into them without any accord to organization.    It is very easy to just toss something inside and close the door, then when  you actually need to find something – using the computer’s search function to find it for you and hand it through the crack so you don’t have to peek inside at the chaos.

Over the years I have had occasion to help some folks imp0se some digital organization over their own computers.  because digital storage is a big empty room. From the getgo you have to IMAGINE rows of file cabinets, with drawers and folders and then proper naming conventions on the files.  This will speed up the computer’s search function and make it easier to copy large particular selections to another location.   This is especially important if you are going to do a lot of personal storing of data and images.  Using one’s imagination to impose order where there is none, ain’t in the average person’s skillset anymore.

Every few months for inspiration I cruise around the Discussion forum to read what other like minded women happen to be doing to impose order on the chaos that is there lives.  And I hit on a thread where some folks are digitizing all of their family photos and memorabilia – some of them are even tossing the originals which i found frightening. I am assuming most are not.

Personally i have always gotten a lot of information and great joy from the tactile sensation of paper and books; the item always carries its history on its face.   But I do have a number of things to load on the hard drive though for the most part it will be my own personal image library.  I may even start ripping some of my audio and video media as well, on my quest to condense my belongings I may find more and more uses for digital storage.  It will be interesting to find out how much of my life i can squeeze into a little black box.







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