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Transferring things to a NAS device, how easy?

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6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
I am shortly going to buy a NAS device for the family. This will be to store all our itunes, other music, photos, videos off various cameras etc.
Over the last few years as we were all slowly learning about computers our files have got very muddled up. Typical examples are we have 2 or 3 different software programs for photos as every time we got a new camera we downloaded that software. Similarly with music we have most on itunes but i know we have some old files that are simply on as files.
When I transfer everything to the NAS device is there one make of device or a program that would simply take all photos regardless of where they are on the computer and store them or will I have to specify different files etc. It would be so helpful if it just grabbed them all as I am very worried I have forgotten where files are particularly with our oldest PC who once I have transferred everything will be going to PC heaven.
Many thanks
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6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
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Make a folder called JPG1 then a folder called BMP1, then PNG1 then GIF1 then TIFF1

Then search *.jpg on the computer in question when it finds all of them copy them to JPG1 folder

Then Search on *.bmp ..copy the ones it finds to BMP1 folder

Repeat this for the other picture file formats above on the computer in question.


If you have more computers then create JPG2 folder BMP2 etc

repeat for all computers, when finished and the NAS is up and running create a folder on nas called PICTURES, then transfer all JPG1, JPG2 folders bmp png folders etc to the PICTURES folder on nas
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In future I think my and more of us are going to have problems managing our digital lives. As we download more and more things onto our computers we have a huge problem keeping track of them.

I take a lot of digital photos, and do devote a lot of time keeping them in order.

I have a spreadsheet, and every time I take a set of photos I update the spreadsheet with details of the photos I took (the date, the event - holiday etc, number of photos, size of the folder in bytes etc).

I then add a unique "code" in the spreadshhet for that set of photos. I use my initials plus 3 numbers. So the first pictures I took were BJH001.

I then create a FOLDER on my hard disk called BJH001, and put all the pictures in that folder.

Next set of pictures is BJH002, then BJH003 and so on.

So I finish up with spreadsheet showing all the picture I have taken, and my "code" (BJH001 etc) helps me to find them easily.

Every so often I back up a "set" of pictures to CD (2 copies). So the first CD may contain pictures BJH001 to BJH009, the next CD contains pictures BJH010 to BJH018 and so on.

That way I can find a picture I want in MINUTES, even if it is 5 years old.
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One other thing.

While a NAS is useful, dont trust it as your ONLY backup.

Most NAS devices store files in a different format from Windows.

So if your NAS box goes wrong, you cant just take out the hard disk and stick it in a Windows PC and "read" the files off it.

Lots of horror stories on the internet about NAS boxes cradhing and people having trouble getting the data off the hard disk.

I would ALSO buy a 1Tb external hard dive and store your digital files on there.

Personally I would also backup up your digital pictures to CD or DVD (2 copies) "just in case".

You can nver have too many backups.

(Suppose you house was burgled and your computer AND NAS were stolen !)
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I agree with never keeping a single copy of any data which needs to be kept although these days I don't find CD or DVD a viable method of backing up, my digital photos have just crept past 450GB which means an additional hard drive is required for backups. While that seems excessive as pixel counts keep increasing I'd still expect standard usage to be exceeding anything viable for CD/DVD backup.

While searching for filetypes is one of finding the files, it's also going to pull up large numbers of irrelevant files such as jpgs used by programs or cached. Something I'd recommend trying is a free program called Spacemonger v1.4 which can be found near the bottom here:

http://www.sixty-five.cc/download/

This maps out the hard drive visually which usually makes it easier to find where music, video and photo collections are stored.

John
#5
I would have recommended locate32

Spacemonger is such a weird program

http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/6779/ees.png
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Johnmcl7
I agree with never keeping a single copy of any data which needs to be kept although these days I don't find CD or DVD a viable method of backing up, my digital photos have just crept past 450GB which means an additional hard drive is required for backups. While that seems excessive as pixel counts keep increasing I'd still expect standard usage to be exceeding anything viable for CD/DVD backup.While searching for filetypes is one of finding the files, it's also going to pull up large numbers of irrelevant files such as jpgs used by programs or cached. Something I'd recommend trying is a free program called Spacemonger v1.4 which can be found near the bottom here:http://www.sixty-five.cc/download/This maps out the hard drive visually which usually makes it easier to find where music, video and photo collections are stored.John



After searching you could also use sort by file size and then look for the small file sizes click them to view (if you know what you are doing you can see at a glance which are cached files) ~After you have backed them all up anyways you can view them with say thumbs and delete the ones that are cached, banner type , program related but at least you know you have all Your photo's images you wanted to keep)


you could install locate then update database and search that way as well will be quicker once database has been stored) You woudl still have to sort out the smaller (not your photos/images files)
#7
What's 'weird' about being able to get a visual overview of any portion of your hard drive? Any folder you want more detail on you just double click it and it will fill the screen to proportionately show its contents.

John
#8
Wow guys thanks for such thorough answers. I already have a WD external drive and think I will use this as simply a back up for photos.
Completely understand about having a second back up as like anything no doubt NAS devices fail. In fact when I looked on Amazon for reviews there wasn't one that stood out as being excellent.
I have commented on the right that I like your comments but not sure how to actually leave rep like we used to. (not sure even if we still do)
I appreciate everything you,ve all said. I am looking forward to sorting all the photos out in particular as I will feel happier when they are all in one place, with a back up of course. Whilst I would be sad to loose music I would feel absolutely heartbroken if I lost the pics of my sons growing up as we haven't many hard copies.
Thank you again.
#9
you could just try copying the my documents and or the itunes folder to it, pretty much the same as you do with your external drive.
consider also getting a dual bay nas which can "mirror" the hdd so if one breaks you have a second copy, pricey but worth it.

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