My Personal Hard Drive History

October - 2014

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.

Once I

Details

SizeManufacturerInterfaceFormEnclosure
20.4 GBMaxtorATA5.25No
40 GBSeagateATA5.25No
40 GBHitachiATA3.5No
80 GBHitachiATA3.5No
102 GBIBMATA5.25No
102 GBIBMATA5.25No
120 GBSeagateATA5.25No
160 GBMaxtorATA5.25No
160 GBMaxtorATA5.25No
160 GBWestern DigitalSATA5.25No
250 GBHitachiSATA3.5No
250 GBWestern DigitalATA5.25No
300 GBMaxtorATA5.25No
320 GBSeagateATA5.25No
500 GBLaCieFirewire 8003.5Yes
500 GBLaCieFirewire 8003.5Yes
512 GBSamsung (SSD)SATA3.5No
750 GBWestern DigitalSATA3.5No
750 GBWestern DigitalSATA5.25No
750 GBWestern DigitalSATA5.25No
1 TBWestern DigitalUSB 25.25Yes
1 TBWestern DigitalUSB 25.25Yes
1 TBWestern DigitalUSB 25.25Yes
1 TBWestern DigitalUSB 33.5Yes
2 TBWestern DigitalSATA5.25No
2 TBWestern DigitalSATA5.25No
2 TBWestern DigitalSATA5.25No
3 TBHitachiSATA5.25No
3 TBHitachiSATA5.25No

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.

Some stats:

Bare DrivesDrives with Enclosures
236

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