Claus Mikkelsen has woken up recently and started posting after a large break. Perhaps he’s preparing for all those impending Christmas deliveries. Anyway, the crux of his post it to explain how he’s moved from 2-4TB of home storage rather than take the time to sort out the mess of his home data. He then goes on to detail lots of clever technology which allows more data to be stored with less.
As I’ve posted many times before, we’re just storing ourselves up a heap of trouble by not addressing the underlying issue here – delete the unwanted data.
We’re creating storage landfills which will still need to be sorted out in the future. Like toxic waste in a rubbish dump, losing that critical file will eventually cost dearly.
Think of Claus’ problem. Moving from 2-4TB doubles the amount of data that needs to be backed up (how do you back up 2TB of storage at home?), means any restores take longer, means spending more time searching for that file you know you had once, but can’t remember what you called it – and if you use an online service for backup means you are paying unnecessarily for each month.
Take my advice, spend the time in developing (a) a good naming standard for your home files (b) a good standard for directories for storing your home files (c) delete the stuff you don’t need. Immediately. Period.