Something that you need to know about hard drives and data accessibility is obsolescence. Often, a drive is still good and the data on it is safe, but the problem is that there is no way to get the data off. How do you deal with this? Kevin Ames discusses the importance of keeping obsolescence in mind when using hard drives.
- One factor about hard drives…and data accessibility is obsolescence.…Oftentimes a drive will still be perfectly good…and the data in it is safe.…The problem is there's no way to get the data off…because there's no machine to read the drive.…This is a Cycrest drive from the early 90s.…And it has the ability…to hold about 88 megabytes of information.…
Back in 1993, that was a lot of data.…The problem is, there are no drives being made anymore…and haven't been for over 20 years to read these.…Another one that was incredibly popular was the Zip disc.…Zip discs stored 100 megabytes initially,…and then they went to 250.…The drives again, are no longer available.…They were replaced by the Jaz drive.…Jaz drives could hold up to a gigabyte…and then came out with two gigabyte drives.…
The devices that read these are no longer manufactured…and no longer available.…Most of us just threw them in the dumpster.…The last problem is the obsolescence of the interface.…In this case, this hard drive shows a mini USB2,…which will still connect.…
- What is in a hard drive?
- Formats for hard drives
- Using RAIDs for storing digital files
- Organizing assets
- Using digital asset management tools
- Connecting hard drives
- How often to backup
- Long-term backups
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1. Understanding Hard Drives and Why They Fail
2. Formats for Hard Drives
3. Redundant Array of Inexpensive Drives (RAID)
4. Organizing Data Workflow Strategies
5. Digital Asset Management Tools
6. Connecting Hard Drives
7. Backups Are Mandatory
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