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Someone Help: A Personal Digital Un-Archive

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We don’t usually repost other’s content here, but this graphic is such a perfect illustration about the challenge of personal digital archiving that it deserves special attention. It’s from Doghouse Diaries.

Information graphic about personal digital archiving challenges

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  1. i am working on a summer file management project — i am having a similar situation that these graphics describe!

    i have files all over the place, some duplicates because i am afraid my external portable hard drives will fail — or i have recovered files from externals that already have failed. plus i have an SSD MacBook Pro so it doesn’t like having a full hard drive. it’s overwhelming, this project.

    i got a Network Attached Storage device from Synology, some Western Digital red NAS hard drives set up in a RAID configuration, and am now trying to figure out the best file structure to use. if i could have spent more money i may have used the Drobo, but the Synology was a bit cheaper, has a user friendly GUI and has a lot of apps (plus it allows you host your own WordPress, Drupal, etc.).

    any tips on open source file management programs i’d be grateful. i may use Lightroom or Aperture for the photographs so i can add metadata, tags and geographic locations.

    so i’ll have the NAS locally but am also planning on doing Carbonite and/or Amazon cloud storage.

    another issue: i have a large genealogical collection that i want to make sure is not lost when i’m gone, so i am trying to figure out how to both secure it for the present and the future.

    very interesting images. glad to know i’m not the only one in this situation!


  2. Looks all too familiar 🙁

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