Geek: Organizing my files
Sunday, May 20, 2012

yeah I know my table's really messy.

Not the most flattering shot of my working area, but you know, not the main point of my illustration.

To all my friends that I've been neglecting, This is what I'm busy with. I recently bought a NAS, and sadly I'm not ready to write a review yet. The model is Western Digital My Book  Live Duo which cost me a heart breaking $509. It's a 4TB NAS that holds 2 2TB drives.

I still have another 250GB and 500GB drives chucked somewhere, but well, those are for another day.

Even though it's nothing worth bragging about, I just got really amused when I open up my computer and saw this.

The 1.8TB is just total capacity. Both drives total only 1.8TB

It's that geek excitement you get when you manage to set up everything perfectly.

What's the point of all these?
Basically, I've gotten a hard drive, for the network. So,
I can share files with the entire house effortlessly.
I can create users and passwords.
I can assign folders for people in the house.
I can stream media on any device from the network.

For example, I move How I Met Your Mother into the NAS. I can use any computer in the house to watch it. I can watch it on my TV directly as well. I can also watch it on my phone, and/or tablet.

I can also access files from the internet.

So example, I'm out in school. If I have a strong internet connection, I could theoretically streams shows from my house onto my laptop. Of course, the practical use is if I forgot my assignment, or if I accidentally deleted it, I can retrieve a backup copy of it.

I'm also running the NAS in Raid 1.
Which means, that any file I put into it is duplicated into the other drive. So if one fails, I can just switch it out and it'll rebuild the information on it's own. Note, the first building took over 7hours.

Most people will think that this is a terrible waste of money. But I have my reasons for getting it.
1. NAS simplifies storage on a whole.
2. NAS provides redundancy for my media.
3. My laptop only has 120GB in capacity.
4. My 1TB HDD is failing. (there are signs)
5. I'm running out of space.

Of course, when you're doing large transfers like these, you need to use a better file handler than the default windows copy and paste.

Introducing, Teracopy.

It's better for large transfers because you can pause the transfer, and continue later on. Because there will be times where you need to pause it. You can also make it verify the integrity of the files. Also, when there are problems, for example, duplicates, windows will pause/interrupt and ask for your action; overwrite, skip or make a duplicate.

In Teracopy, you can set the options to always overwrite, or always skip. So there will be no interrupts when you're transferring your huge amounts of data. Using that, I've transferred roughly 1TB of data overnight. About 400GB more and I'll be more or less done.

I will write a proper review when I've settled down. I'm really just ranting to myself here, trying to justify spending that much money. That said, I do have an interesting goal in mind.

Creating a 10TB storage pool.
Hopefully by the end of the year.

Well, don't question why, I have my reasons. "Because I can" is one of it. I'm forward looking!

At the end of this, I just have to say this. It's... really not very hard to do whatever the hell I'm doing. I swear, it's dead simple. All it takes is money. Which is why I'm not really proud of what I'm doing, I'm just... plain excited because it's like one of the milestones in my geek career that I've broken through!

All hail LordofGeeks!

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