December 31, 2007

Spindling - Or, what to do with all those product keys

I've been rebuilding a machine at home over the holiday and wanted to share a trick that Ive indulged in over the past year. I'm particular about how I store my cds. I prefer to save them on a spindle. But, acting as a roadblock to this particular bit of tidiness is the cd cases with numbers on them. Yes, I'm talking about product keys. From operating systems to games to the rest, everyone has them. My games habit exposes me to them.

So, yeah, what do I do? I spindle them and email the product keys to myself. It's very refreshing and rewarding to do this. I have a tidy CD collection again. Thanks for listening. If I trusted rotating media more, I'd save the iso's to the home server.

Also: Hard drives -suck-. I had no less than 3 personal hard drives fail this year, and if I were not so damn obsessive about backing up my photos, I'd be a -very- upset fellow, I assure you. To wit: I backed up my main archive to 5 hard drives on three machines onsite and 2 spindles on 2 machines offsite. 3 spindles onsite failed, which left plenty of backup, but who experiences 3 hard drive failures at once?

Well, here's the coincidence. One was one of the first sata drives I bought and the other two were on the same p/s that went to the great capacitor recyclery in the sky. So now that everything is back to a stable state (5 spindles onsite, 2 off) I'm starting to think about online backup from a Mozy or something similar. I'd -hate- to lose my pictures and videos of the kids and , well, life due to something as stupid as an earthquake or something.

5 comments:

hober said...

I sharpie the product keys onto the actual discs.

Don MacAskill said...

Could just drop your buddy Don an email asking for a SmugMug account with unlimited storage for all your backup needs, including Hi-Def 1280x720p video. :)

lfischer said...

You should use JungleDisk / Amazon S3 for backup. It works great and is inexpensive.

rmccarley said...

It sounds like you have multiple machines and if that is the case FileSafe Backup may be better than Mozy.

tarocchi said...

if you got your web space, you can use genie back up manager, and upload all on the webserver...its really cheaper than the solutions you pointed out...