yVolumes: The PackRat Revolution

It is an interesting quirk of human nature that we like to hang on to stuff. We can certainly argue over how much of our stuff is actually worth of saving; but we still collect and store stuff at an alarming rate.

Evidently this is also true of data storage.   According to Berkeley’s School of Management, more data will be stored in the next three years than in the previous 40,000!*

Glad to know that I am not alone. My family calls me the data packrat: my personal computer has hundreds of gigabytes of information.  So far this year I have created, downloaded and saved more info that I did all last year.  Never mind the 20 years of other accumulated stuff.  If you want photos from a party in 1992 or a piece of marketing literature I wrote in 1997, chances are good that it is somewhere on my hard drive. 

In the past when I ran out of space I just got a new machine and transferred all the data.  A big pain in the neck but worth it. The reasoning: "if it is on my hard drive I can find it (sorta, kinda, maybe)".  I have finally run into the practical limits of this particular strategy and need to go ahead, bite the bullet and store at least 200 GBs of it somewhere, not on my hard drive. 

Let me assure you that I do daily backups of my current working folders.  There is a point, however, when my cloud backup becomes prohibitively expensive.  This means that I either by a new machine or store it somewhere offline.

For offline storage, I’ve tried floppy disc, tape, optical discs, thumb drives, a RAID system and the cloud.  None of them work well. Some of those methods are obsolete, a few have “self destructed”, and others are just too slow or too expensive! But the real kicker is that once it is stored anywhere off of my hard drive I can never figure out where I put a specific file or set of files. 

I finally have an answer – yVolumes! A yVolume for each year of data, and yVolumes for each marketing campaign, yVolumes for my personal stuff, yVolumes for my photo albums, my eBooks and my music collection. Each one neatly tracked and accounted for by the YMiLibrarian.  AND it is easy to find and easy to access. It’s the easy find and access part that sold me!

Finally, I feel like it is safe to move some of the stuff off my hard drive to an actually storage library.  This is positively revolutionary!

Now I’m off to create and/or download more stuff . . .


*My Disclaimer: I am not sure if this is an actual fact or an urban legend since I can’t find the actual study. As they say, "your milage may vary". . . BI quote it beacuse even if the actual numbers cited are off, the concept is still valid and the statement is a grabber.