Much Ado about Storage

It was inevitable. So far we had been working away trying to manage all our created media by storing in external Hard Drives attached to the main computer without backup. Family stuff was backed up online, but we have a lot more being generated now. With the Insta360 camera generating 5.7K video and our other cameras now recording in 4K, things quickly get out of hand.

We decided to just take the hit and bought a NAS server for in this year's Boxing Day sale. Along with the server we had to buy the 4 Hard Disks to be put into it. 

I first told the computer store guy about the QNAP NAS I wanted to get, to which he gave his bored approval. Then I told him to get me 4 Seagate Barracuda drives. Being a taller guy, he looked down his nose at me and said in his Asian accent, "No Green, it's not good Drive, you buy the Red One for NAS". I paused, I knew what he meant. I said meekly "but, the green drives are on Boxing Day sale and Red ones are more expensive". 

"No, no good for NAS", he said. "In 2 years Hard Disk will break." 

Actually I'd be willing to wait 2 years. We both stared at each other. I thought, it's ridiculous, I'm the customer, I want the cheap drives, just give me those. He continued staring down at me off the bridge of his nose and wouldn't budge. 

Of course, he was actually right. I gave in, and ended up paying more for the Seagate IronWolf drives (the red ones). I feel slightly ill on spending more money than I'm used to, but it will keep our data safe and improve our workflow.

That's what you get for trying advanced things.

With more advanced tools in every person's hands now, the amount of generated content worldwide is also exploding. 

Graph Showing Volume of data/information created, captured, copied, and consumed worldwide from 2010 to 2020, with forecasts from 2021 to 2025 (in zettabytes)

According to Statista, by 2025 world is going to create/copy/consume 181 zetabytes, that is 181,000,000,000,000 GB (Gigabytes) !!

I'm sure this challenge will be met, it remains to be seen in what many forms.


  1. We always say in Hindi, "Mehnga roye ek baar, sasta roye baar baar." (Costly cries once, cheap cries again and again.) It's good to have the best option even though it hurts 😁


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