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Data Maintenance with an NAS

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Data Maintenance with an NAS

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Over the past week I’ve been attempting to get around to some cyber-housecleaning.  As you may know from previous articles, I have a networked-attached storage (NAS) device by Thecus that has five two TB drives configured in a RAID-5 array.

I’m always outage/data-loss conscious, so I implement a somewhat rigorous backup process from time to time–usually bi-annually. This year, I’ve managed to offload (by burning to BluRay discs and then moving to an external HDD) and create nearly three TB of free space.  Using the impressive WinDirStat utility (which is free), I’m able to get a graphical view of my storage allocation:

WinDirStat

It is very nice and somewhat rewarding to see that massive grey box full of unallocated storage!  Now if only I could keep my office as neat and tidy ...

Here’s a Visio diagram representing the current allocation of storage:

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