I discovered this morning that the hard drive I’ve had for lo at least 15 years finally crashed. To be quite honest, I’m surprised it lasted as long as it did.
In the age of cloud storage, the only thing that I really used it for was music storage, as it was the most dense amount of files that I had (somewhere in the neighborhood of 32GB). Creating a backup solution for that music was a can that I’d been kicking down the road for as long as I can remember.
I did have enough room on my Google Drive to backup all the music that I had on my phone – which might be all of my music, period. So, I spent an inordinate amount of time taking all those files off the SD card, cleaning them up (removing duplicates, moving some files around, etc.), and getting them into Drive.
I use MediaMonkey to organize everything, and by some miracle, it has a feature that finds your missing files. So, instead of having to re-add all of the music back to my library by hand, it just went into Google Drive and updated locations.
As an aside, I think MediaMonkey is hard af to use, but it’s the only thing I’ve found that isn’t OS-tethered, so you can use it with any phone and any operating system.
I’ve ordered a new hard drive – storage has gotten cheaper and plentiful in the 15 years that I’ve purchased a hard drive – but I’m not sure if that’s going to be the option to store files going forward.
On the plus side, in the age of The Culling, I guess this was as good an opportunity as any to trim the musical fat from my library.