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Lovin’ Me Some Hard Drive Space

Pegasus2 R8
Pegasus2 R8

Pegasus2 R8

I’ve had my existing Mac Pro for an amazing 6 or 7 years–in computer years that’s older than I feel when I wake up in the mornings. Final Cut Pro X has issues on the old machine, and my 8 terabytes of hard disk space is all but filled with years and years of digital clutter.

So, the new Mac Pro has been ordered along with a 32 terabyte Thunderbolt disk raid, the Pegasus2. The Pegasus has arrived, and I’ve started organizing my new digital frontier. A workable organizational scheme is essential to me–one that provides logical functionality now and into the future, and I’ve been plotting out organization scenarios for about two weeks. Yesterday, I committed to one and have started loading up the drive.

I’m planning on using the new Mac Pro as a dedicated media workstation. Everything else will remain on the old Mac Pro. When not working on media, I’m going to try to screen share the old MP from the new one. We’ll see how well that works out. I just want to keep the new media workstation lean and mean; so, it works blazing fast–no extraneous extensions or dead “wait.”

If you have any suggestions for setting up a media workstation (photo and video editing with the industry standard apps), I would appreciate your ideas!

Backblaze LogoHard Disk Reliability

I use BackBlaze as my off site continuous backup solution. I started using them when they first opened for business. I’ve blogged before about BackBlaze. A few years ago, with a hard drive failure, I would have lost all of my digital media (music, videos) had I not had them. I highly recommend BackBlaze. Their service is amazingly affordable and works effortlessly in the background, giving me great peace of mind!

The owner(s?) has to be a cool dude! He’s way into transparency, a character trait I highly value in professionals. The company just published a detailed article of their ongoing research on drive reliability and value for all of the disk drives (about 30,000) they use in their red backup pods. I mean, how awesome is that!

I have often fretted over what internal or external hard drives to use. Some hard drives, from my personal experience with them, are just crap! So, if you are wondering what brands have the greatest lifespan, check out What Hard Drive Should I Buy? by Brian Beach on the BackBlaze blog.

Backblaze Cloud Storage Datacenter
Backblaze Cloud Storage Datacenter: Each red pod contains numerous hard drives

Click, Click, Click

And one final note on hard drives: have you ever experienced the dreadful click, click, click sound from a USB external hard drive? It’s almost always followed by a failure to mount or unexpected and frequent dismounts of the drive.

I have been junking such drives, thinking they had reached the end of their natural lives. But, no! I’ve discovered what is often the cause, which can be easily addressed: insufficient power to the drive from the USB port. When I first heard this, I was skeptical.

How could a drive that had worked fine for so long suddenly start having insufficient power from the USB port Well, the short answer is, “I don’t have any idea.”

But the long answer is: I had a funky USB cable with three ends on it–2 for plugging into a USB port and 1 for plugging into the device. I plugged in to 2 USB ports and into my hard drive and have not heard the dreadful click, click, click or had the drive mount issues since. It’s an inexpensive solution! (You may also need a USB extension cable if the USB ports are on opposite sides of a laptop.)

USB Y Splitter Cable
USB Y Splitter Cable