Wondering if any of you have a similar system:
Recently I’ve been keeping archives of my files, pictures, and videos. The idea came from watching Mr Robot, where Elliot keeps a binder of his hacks in DVD form under his bed. A lot of my files are like that: I want to keep them around forever, probably out of some egotistical idea that my grandchildren will be interested; but I don’t really need to look at them day to day.
So: I have a folder on my computer called
~/archive/0next (0 so it gets sorted first), where I build out the next archive I’m working on. When I have files that I don’t actively need anymore, they get moved into the 0next folder. When it reaches ~10-20 GBs I will create a zip or tar file, burn a bluray, and push the file up to my cloud storage, and then delete it all and start over.
Sometimes I get interested in looking at old files, so I’ll go grab the Bluray in question (or pull the archive out of AWS Glacier) and load it into, say,
~/archive/pictures-2015 so I can flip through them.
With this in place, my “working set” of files tends to stay <20GB, which means I don’t need to buy expensive hard drives, and my backup program runs really quickly.
So far the biggest problems are with search and indexing. It’s hard to remember which archive I put things in, so I’m currently writing a script to create a catalog for me.