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Robert Withers
managing organizing logging external drives
on Jun 7, 2018 at 10:18:14 pm

Hello,
I'm up to 6 external drives onsite -- some for active work some backups -- and 3 external drives offsite (backups in a safe deposit box). Plus internal drives in 3 laptops.

Physical labels help, but I'm losing track of what these drives are, what they're called, and what is on one each one.

Trying to get a little more organized, I made up a log/list of all the drives with info about each -- size, names, content, location, etc.

My partner also keeps a log of even more external drives cause she needs to know the location of many movie files and projects.

Can anyone share a useful system for logging/listing the external drives they use?

Thanks,
Robert

Robert Withers

Independent/personal/avant-garde cinema, New York City


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Bob Zelin
Re: managing organizing logging external drives
on Jun 7, 2018 at 10:47:06 pm

http://axle.ai/

or

http://www.squarebox.com/

or

http://www.cdfinder.de/

and there is always the old standby -
http://www.filemaker.com/products/filemaker-pro/

Bob Zelin

Bob Zelin
Rescue 1, Inc.
bobzelin@icloud.com


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Robert Withers
Re: managing organizing logging external drives
on Jun 8, 2018 at 1:17:56 am

Thanks, Bob.
Do you use any of these?
I guess I wasn't looking for database software so much as ideas about tracking the physical external drives themselves. Not the individual files they contain.
But maybe one of these apps would do that.
Right now I made a log list of the physical external drives in Word, but it could be in a different software.
My external drives are in 2 different locations and plugged/unplugged at different times for different purposes.
Cheers,
Robert

Robert Withers

Independent/personal/avant-garde cinema, New York City


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Bob Zelin
Re: managing organizing logging external drives
on Jun 8, 2018 at 12:09:30 pm

almost all my clients use a single large network attached storage, with all their information on one large volume, so they can access anything they want, when ever they want. They can even remote in over the internet to see these files. And for those with the budget, we get a second redundant unit, which is kept off site, and synchronized over the internet, with built in software to do the sync. Then you are not dealing with 20 - 30 separate drives.

Bob Zelin

Bob Zelin
Rescue 1, Inc.
bobzelin@icloud.com


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Robert Withers
Re: managing organizing logging external drives
on Jun 8, 2018 at 4:13:58 pm

Thanks, Bob. That sounds like the way the world is going.
Many "small" independent movie-makers must still use several separate drives like I do.
I wonder what people did before the network storage technology.
That's where I still am with the multiple drives.
All best,
Robert

Robert Withers

Independent/personal/avant-garde cinema, New York City


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Bob Zelin
Re: managing organizing logging external drives
on Jun 8, 2018 at 4:46:17 pm

what did people do before network storage technology ? We used videotape, and people had videotape libraries, that also needed to be organized. So you can think of your separate drives as videotapes (or even as film, in film cans) which lived in a film library, which was often temperature controlled.

Bob Zelin

Bob Zelin
Rescue 1, Inc.
bobzelin@icloud.com


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