Throughout the years, before there was an affordable solution to store massive amounts of data in one centralized network resource, I accumulated old hard drives from prevous computers and attached them internally at first to my replacement computers. Eventually, storage became larger and I was able to consolidate 6 computers’ worth of data into 2 larger hard drives which I housed in external USB enclosures. Now, I am running out of space on my 3 TB NAS, to which I copied those 6 sources of data, as well as my latest and current 7th source.
Last week, I thought to myself, WTF am I doing???
I spent last week and this weekend consolidating all those sources into one. I manually compared files (section by section and sometimes one by one) in full awareness that data collision was going to be inevitable, Two sources at a time, I worked my way down until last night, where I finally consolidated the last two sources together. It was finally done!
Now for the final project – locating obsolete and unnecessary data and deleting it. Will it clear up enough space? Probably not. But it will hold me over until I can figure out a new hardware storage solution. I’m thinking of a 4-bay USB 3.0 DAS for multimedia storage and an 8-bay NAS for backups in conjunction with Dropbox for document, picture, and small file storage. That ought to suffice, I think.