Posts Tagged ‘Seagate’

That’s Better…

August 18, 2009
Better Balanced

Better Balanced

Now my disk drives are better balanced in load. I have so much trouble managing these disks. I cannot imagine managing 62 database clusters containing billions of pictures like Flickr.

  • C: Sriwara is the boot drive for the PC.
  • D: Carrefour is wasted space because I screwed up when I defined the encryption for the second logical drive.
  • F: Local Disk is the True Crypt encrypted volume on the PC.
  • J: Local Disk is the True Crypt encrypted volume on the blue Seagate USB drive.
  • M: Jusco is how I access the encrypted volume on the PC.
  • N: Din Daeng is how I access the encrypted volume on the blue Seagate USB drive.
  • P: Silom is how I access the encrypted volume on the new silver Seagate USB drive.
  • Q: Local Disk s the True Crypt encrypted volume on the new silver Seagate USB drive.

There is a way to suppress the Local Disk assignments but I don’t see how to do it automatically.

Too !!! complicated.

That Was Easy! But …

August 17, 2009
New Drive

New Drive

I copied my 2008 pictures to the new drive “Silom”. Then it was easy to point Lightroom at the new drive. The designers obviously anticipated this scenario.

Of course I still see the annoying way that Seagate markets the drive as 320GB but Windows tells me that its capacity is 298GB. That’s almost 7% less than the package claims. It’s always the way with disk drives. I am surprised they still get away with it.

Of course Seagate put weasel words on the bottom of the package in small type:

When referring to hard drive capacity one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals one thousand billion bytes. Your computer’s operating system may use a different standard of measurement and have a lower capacity. In addition, some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions, and thus will not be available for data storage.

It’s always lower isn’t it?

Yes, in computer science, one kilobyte = 1,024 bytes, one gigabyte = one million kilobytes. So 320,000,000 bytes = 291 operating system GB: so I am actually 8 computer GB ahead.

The capacity shown by Windows is for a TrueCrypt encrypted volume. I don’t know if that makes a difference.

Surely all operating systems use the 1,024 standard so why don’t the drive makers get in line? Consumers are not stupid and we dislike being talked down to like this.

I am now copying my 2009 photos from the old drive to the new (where they are a backup of the files on my PC’s hard drive. See here.) Both drives are TrueCrypt encrypted so the software has to decrypt according to the old drive’s keys and re-encrypt according to the new one’s. Thus it is calculated to take about four hours. I hope I do not have to do this again soon.

Out of Space

August 17, 2009

I am running out of space on the Seagate Free Agent 320GB drive that holds every picture I have ever taken. I decided to buy another and dedicate it to Lightroom.

The disc comes in a choice of colours so I bought a silver one.

New Disk Drive

New Disk Drive

Currently I am encrypting the entire drive with TrueCrypt. That’s estimated to take a couple of hours more.

TrueCrypt Volume Creation

TrueCrypt Volume Creation

Then I will move all my Lightroom managed files onto it and point the database at the new location.

That should keep me going for a few years, even if I have to use several Lightroom databases.

Backup Device

June 22, 2009

This is the Seagate 320GB USB disk drive I use for my Lightroom backups. It doesn’t need a separate power supply. It is big enough to hold every photo I have ever taken, indexed in Thumbs Plus and now Lightroom.

It cost 3,350B at IT City in Bangkok. That’s about US$100. I expect it is cheaper in the USA. Electronics are not a bargain here.

Above it is the 30B carrying case I bought for it on Sukhumvit Road.

It’s small enough that I can carry it on me when I travel. It is so small that it is easy to lose. I’ll write a post soon about how I protect it.