Having a clear out

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I’m currently de-cluttering my iMac. Its 1Tb hard-drive has filled up over the years, leaving only 50Gb free. A machine which is 95% full is not a happy one and it chugs badly. A clear out has become a priority but it’s been a huge and ongoing job with the end only dimly in sight.

The problem comes from procrastination. It’s much easier to buy a larger hard-drive than tidy up the data. But I have to try to get some junk deleted this time, I have a pile of backups from my older PCs that are gathering dust alongside the bulging iMac drive. It gives me an uncomfortable feeling and the concern that something important might be lost.

Annoyingly, I know that these older backups can largely be deleted but there’s also other data which is very dear to me and irreplaceable, items such as family images. As a result, each drive does need to be checked carefully. Repeated data is also an issue but I can automate the processing of this with tools such as Araxis Find Duplicate Files and Araxis Merge’s folder compare.

The real time sink has been copying and securing worthwhile data over to a pair of Drobos. It has needed multiple copies of hundreds of gigabytes of files to make a master and two backups. Fortunately, I don’t need to be there while the copies were made. Unfortunately, I do need to make absolutely sure they’ve copied without error. To do this I’m using ChronoSync with verified copying and then running the folder compare and byte-by-byte file comparisons in Araxis Merge as a final check. This is a very protracted, multi-day process but it does makes things safer when you are re-formatting drives.

On the plus side, it’s also given me time to look over the old content from the previous websites. As with the hard drives, there’s a lot of stuff that’s out of date or not worth keeping, but some things I do want to bringing across.

A few of the old posts are very long and I’ve decided that I find the creation of long articles a tedious and hateful task. They just take far, far too long to re-read and edit. Since I also find reading long articles on other sites dull, it’s seems a bad idea to repeat the format here. Instead I will attempt to boil down the pieces or, if necessary, split them up so they top out at around 500 words.

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