I HAVE USED AN IOMEGA USB-powered 500 GB hard drive for nearly a year and can strongly recommend this pocket-friendly device (at left). My only problem with the drive is that it's so easy to use that I've dumped junk onto it. I don't have enough portable storage. My unhealthy data hygiene means I'm gathering more than 70 GB of digital data every month and that it's getting more complicated managing my data stores. I've used the Mozy Home service bundled with the drive and also increased my Dropbox account to 50 GB but at the end of every semester, I need to archive student work along with my own content in a more findable way. I'm talking to John Jennings, Tipperary Institute's content management specialist, about procedures I can follow to improve my work flow around the consumption, creation and curation of digital archives. But at the moment, I need another USB-powered hard drive to push me through the first part of the 2010/11 academic term. Hopefully, some visitors might leave behind some comments that alert me to better ways of managing my data store.
Still a burning issue: "Tech needed in my sitting room" from January 2009.
Previously: "Doubling Storage Requirements" on my Inside View Blog, April 28, 2009.