One From the Vault

Today’s image is one from the vault, literally. These are the stacks over at Concordia University.

On the subject of vaults, I thought it would be a good time to tell you about my new hard drive. Recently, I purchased a 2TB G-Tech G-SAFE Raid 1 device. I’m excited about this for a few different reasons. For starters, I can now begin the process of “consolidating” my digital output-to get everything onto one drive, rather than having bits and bytes all over the place. I think that’s a great thing to do, and it will make it easier for me to do stuff like create encaustic pieces from my photographic art-since I’ll be able to find things more easily and I’ll have easier access to more of my work.

The G-SAFE device also will allow me RAID 1 backup of my data because it writes to two independent hard drives at the same time. It features two removable drive modules for easy replacement and backup of data. I’m excited about that because it will now be easier to back things up-this device will actually back things up as I write them, rather than rely upon me consciously making a back-up of my work. Since the drive modules each are sort of “plug and play,” I can also purchase a third drive if I want to have redundant backup and off site backup. That’s also a nifty feature to have and I’ll be happier and feel a bit safer once I can do that.

Finally, the last reason I really excited about my new drive (and storage solution) is that it’s all part of the next step towards moving to a larger format camera. The Rebel I’ve been shooting now is great-it’s served me quite well and I have no complaints, but I’ve been thinking about moving up a bit-getting either a full frame camera or a medium format camera. It’s really sort of impossible to do this if you do not have some sort of storage solution worked out-I would simply not be able to shoot a 20+ megapixel camera using my current drive setup, so moving up makes logical sense.

Of course, since I’ve purchased this drive, I’m going to now have to begin the potentially long and drawn-out process of moving everything onto the drive. Slow. Tedious. Boring. Watching little status bars barely move is not my idea of a hot time in the old town tonight, let me tell you. But, alas, it must be done. Move, thine pixels, to thine new drive be true! Revolt. Shuffle, Shimmy. Dance on over to the dark side. Fill in your own funny metaphor for this and enjoy my mental anguish as you watch me fall asleep on my Zzzz key waiting for files to dance across the ether.

I just hope that, once I plug this silly thing in, it doesn’t bolt into life and spout, “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

Until next time…


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