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My Personal Hard Drive History

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Those 29 drives represent two decades of trying to keep enough free space for storage and backups. When each was purchased it was the largest available. I remember being amazed at all the free space after installing the 80GB drive. Of course, that feeling didn't last long as the new digital cameras came out that made larger files. With photography, it feels like we're hitting a time when growth of hard drives is starting to pull away from the camera megapixel race.

The latest version of the iPhone has more space.

Shuffling files is a pain. It also brings the very real chance of losing stuff because it wasn't moved properly into play.

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As an early adopter of Digital Photography, I've been trying buying ever larger hard drives for a couple of decades. The result is I've built a fair collection hard drives over the past couple of decades. As an early adopter of digital photography, getting enough hard drive space has been a constant challenge.

The 32TB FreeNAS machine I built will help that a lot.

It's replacing all these with a single machine.

Some of these drives I've had forever because when I first retired them I didn't know how to scrub them so people couldn't steal my bank numbers off them. I know how now, but never went back and got rid of the ond drives. It's time for them to go now.

There are six drives with enclosures and 23 bare drives. Some of the bare drives were racked directly into machines but most were used with docking stations.

Debugging Stuff

I'm moving stuff around right now. All this below is helping me figure out where to put stuff

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My Personal Hard Drive History

Avoiding the hassle of individual hard drives is a big 
reason for building a file server. Take my collection 
of retired drives, for example.

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Those 29 drives represent two decades of trying to keep 
enough free space for storage and backups. When each was 
purchased it was the largest available. I remember being 
amazed at all the free space after installing the 80GB drive. 
Of course, that feeling didn't last long as the new digital 
cameras came out that made larger files. With photography, it 
feels like we're hitting a time when growth of hard drives is 
starting to pull away from the camera megapixel race.

The latest version of the iPhone has more space.

Shuffling files is a pain. It also brings the very real chance 
of losing stuff because it wasn't moved properly into play.


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.| Size    | Manufacturer    | Interface    | Form | Enclosure |
|---------|-----------------|--------------|------|-----------|
| 20.4 GB | Maxtor          | ATA          | 5.25 | No        |
| 40 GB   | Seagate         | ATA          | 5.25 | No        |
| 40 GB   | Hitachi         | ATA          | 3.5  | No        |
| 80 GB   | Hitachi         | ATA          | 3.5  | No        |
| 102 GB  | IBM             | ATA          | 5.25 | No        |
| 102 GB  | IBM             | ATA          | 5.25 | No        |
| 120 GB  | Seagate         | ATA          | 5.25 | No        |
| 160 GB  | Maxtor          | ATA          | 5.25 | No        |
| 160 GB  | Maxtor          | ATA          | 5.25 | No        |
| 160 GB  | Western Digital | SATA         | 5.25 | No        |
| 250 GB  | Hitachi         | SATA         | 3.5  | No        |
| 250 GB  | Western Digital | ATA          | 5.25 | No        |
| 300 GB  | Maxtor          | ATA          | 5.25 | No        |
| 320 GB  | Seagate         | ATA          | 5.25 | No        |
| 500 GB  | LaCie           | Firewire 800 | 3.5  | Yes       |
| 500 GB  | LaCie           | Firewire 800 | 3.5  | Yes       |
| 512 GB  | Samsung (SSD)   | SATA         | 3.5  | No        |
| 750 GB  | Western Digital | SATA         | 3.5  | No        |
| 750 GB  | Western Digital | SATA         | 5.25 | No        |
| 750 GB  | Western Digital | SATA         | 5.25 | No        |
| 1 TB    | Western Digital | USB 2        | 5.25 | Yes       |
| 1 TB    | Western Digital | USB 2        | 5.25 | Yes       |
| 1 TB    | Western Digital | USB 2        | 5.25 | Yes       |
| 1 TB    | Western Digital | USB 3        | 3.5  | Yes       |
| 2 TB    | Western Digital | SATA         | 5.25 | No        |
| 2 TB    | Western Digital | SATA         | 5.25 | No        |
| 2 TB    | Western Digital | SATA         | 5.25 | No        |
| 3 TB    | Hitachi         | SATA         | 5.25 | No        |
| 3 TB    | Hitachi         | SATA         | 5.25 | No        |

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As an early adopter of Digital Photography, I've been trying 
buying ever larger hard drives for a couple of decades. The result 
is I've built a fair collection hard drives over the past couple 
of decades. As an early adopter of digital photography, getting 
enough hard drive space has been a constant challenge.

The 32TB FreeNAS machine I built will help that a lot.

It's replacing all these with a single machine.

Some of these drives I've had forever because when I first 
retired them I didn't know how to scrub them so people couldn't 
steal my bank numbers off them. I know how now, but never went 
back and got rid of the ond drives. It's time for them to go now.

There are six drives with enclosures and 23 bare drives. Some of 
the bare drives were racked directly into machines but most were 
used with docking stations.


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