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| p.2 #5 · Consolidating my hard drives (5 of them). |
I have some old servers I do backups with.
I don't need everything I shot 3 years ago and beyond at my fingertips so when I am done with a job for the foreseeable future, it take it off my working machine and just leave it on the old servers.
These are pretty huge machines running raid and I presently have 4 of the things. If I want something, I go up the back, Fire the machine up, ( they are organised by date and I have a client list of what is on each one) Download it to a thumbdrive and bring it down and load it up.
I get these old fully Functional servers given to me because they are too old to be covered by data recover insurance so are not much good commercially. They will probably last me forever given they only get booted up a couple of times a month usually. Takes longer for some of them to boot than it does to find and copy the files I want. The things sound like a gas turbine engine throttling up with all the fans and drives they have and a couple of them take the full current of the domestic power circuit. 10 years ago, these machines were bought for in excess of $35K each. They were given to me in fully working condition just to get rid of them.
I have a wireless connection on them as they are in my garage so I can boot them up and transfer all the pics wirelessly overnight and then shut them down when they are done.
A friend in IT has sourced me a 20 unit rack and 15 1RU IBM servers full of 320 GB drives to go into it so I may change some of the 160Lb behemoth machines I have now and put everything on a nice neat rack and do it that way. Wiring them all up is going to be a pain though but network wise I already have a 24 and 48 port Gbit router so that's going to be easy at least.
I wouldn't be looking at expensive new technology but rather the relatively obsolete old school stuff that can be had for next to nothing. For what it was designed for, even now what we need it to do doesn't even get the things past idle speed.