Scattered on Hard Drives

I have a bunch of external hard drives now, and I’m trying to figure out how to organise all my data on them. Here’s what I have:

  • 100Gb on the computer
  • 120Gb
  • 250Gb (big, not transportable, really)
  • 250Gb
  • 320Gb
  • 1Tb

I have an iTunes library that is approx 20Gb, my Pictures directory is around 40Gb though I have moved quite a few photos off to an external drive already, Movies is 15Gb though I thought it was empty (also moved stuff off). I have TV Series (shhh) too. I have many Gb of source video I’ve taken (India is 56Gb, and then I’ve shot a few conferences).

I recently had to move my iTunes library off the computer. This is kind of silly, though, because if there’s one thing one wants on the computer, it’s music (so that when I sync my iPod it doesn’t decide to blank it).

So, here’s what I’m thinking. Keep the 120Gb drive for a “computer” backup that I can carry around with me. Keep a “computer” backup image on the 1Tb drive too.

Use the 320Gb to store photos and video, with a backup on the 1Tb.

Use the static 250Gb to store source video material I’m not working on or am done with (archive) — with a backup on the 1Tb.

Use the 250Gb (mobile) for stuff I want to watch or video I’m working on.


Time Flying By

I’ve always (as far as I can remember) had the feeling that time went by too fast — except maybe during some long, unending summer holidays when I was a kid or young teenager. I’ve been thinking about that recently. What makes time seem to go by “too fast” is simply that I’m frustrated that I have accomplished what I thought I would in a given timeframe.

What makes it so difficult to evaluate what can be done in a day? How can I change my way of projecting myself in the future to be more realistic, or even better, pessimistic? Gosh, imagine if the story in my head went like this: “Wow, this was supposed to take all day, and I did it in 3 hours! I have lots of free time to do other stuff in, or relax!”

But that never happens. What happens is: “OK, I’ll be reasonable, and plan to write this blog post and send this e-mail today, even though I feel I should be able to do more in a day.” And at the end of the day, I’ve maybe written the blog post, but I haven’t sent the e-mail — or vice-versa — leaving me with a feeling of failure rather than accomplishment.

Just to make things clear: I’m not concerned about the “project management” aspect of evaluating how much time things take. I know that most of the time, we just can’t evaluate that correctly. What interests me is why we (or at least I) systematically over-evaluate what can be done in a day.