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How Many Drives? 47

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Rick Vanover asked the question; “how many hard drives are spinning in your home lab/home today?”.

My answer was 47, which quite surprised me.  It’s comprised of:

  • Drobo Devices; 5 + 4 + 3 = 12
  • iX4 Devices; 4 + 4 = 8
  • NS4600 Device; 3
  • Backup HDD (SafePro); 1
  • CLARiiON; 15
  • Home Lab PCs; 2 + 2 + 3
  • Desktop Mac; 1

That totals 47.  This didn’t include other home devices that weren’t powered up at the time.

Probably a more interesting question would be to ask how much useful data is on those devices; I suspect I have a lot of duplication; copies of the same O/S, backups of backups of data and duplicates of data I’ve not noticed.  With a glut of capacity, even in a home environment, it’s easy to become lazy when keeping data in order.  While it may seem pointless to waste time keeping data ordered, when a device fails, the critical issue becomes one of determining where the most current copy of information is stored.

If you’ve committed to using a home storage device, ask yourself the following;

  • What happens if the storage device fails?
  • What happens if one of the HDDs in the device fails?
  • What happens if someone steals the device (home breakin)?
  • What happens if I have fire at home?
  • How long would it take me to copy my data to another device/location?

We’re becoming more dependent on home storage and the impact of failure of these devices will become more of a problem.  I’m sure there are many people who have lost precious photographs or video as most of this data is now digital.

Take some time and think about the value you have in your home storage device and I’m sure most people will see the value of spending a few more pounds and investing in an extra drive for backup.

About Chris M Evans

Chris M Evans has worked in the technology industry since 1987, starting as a systems programmer on the IBM mainframe platform, while retaining an interest in storage. After working abroad, he co-founded an Internet-based music distribution company during the .com era, returning to consultancy in the new millennium. In 2009 Chris co-founded Langton Blue Ltd (www.langtonblue.com), a boutique consultancy firm focused on delivering business benefit through efficient technology deployments. Chris writes a popular blog at http://blog.architecting.it, attends many conferences and invitation-only events and can be found providing regular industry contributions through Twitter (@chrismevans) and other social media outlets.
  • https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/storagevirtualization Barry Whyte

    Do the 5 I have that “dont spin” count too ?

  • http://www.copperegg.com Kent Erickson

    I feel so pathetic with only 17, including the Linux music player in the car. Not counting the stack of “don’t spins!”

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