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Back up, Delete

I'm sorting through my hard drive today. Backing up comes before sorting and deleting, and sorting and deleting becomes slower and slower as the files and folders become smaller and smaller. Folders full of old Desktop contents, stashed away in a hurry when I knew it would be projected before an audience. (I still remember the history conference I went to where one speaker's projected desktop was covered in Neopets files.) Directions to hotels I never booked into, only considered. PDFs of maps and menus I don't need anymore. The schedules for conferences past, whether or not I attended them.

I realized early on that I couldn't use iPhoto: it copies all my files into its own files, and then, unless I'm careful, I have instant hard drive bloat unless I meticulously delete every original photo as soon as it copies it. It's designed to be an all-in-one solution, and doesn't work well with hard drive space unless it is. iTunes, I tolerate, but it did mean I had residual music files to clear out. Papers I actively like since it's willing to go along with *not* renaming my files for me.

Over the past years, I've accrued ebooks, free downloads, giveaways, promotions. Mostly, I was good and filed them in the appropriate folder, but as I sort, I find more of them. Now, recently, I have an ebook reader, a piece of software to manage all those freebies, and use for them. That's why I needed and asked for the ebook reader: not because I have any real intentions of buying ebooks when I could own paper and binding, but because I'd accumulated so many unusable books. I'd rather not read entire books on my laptop screen.

I have plenty of storage space for all this data; but I don't need it all. I never delete email, but other files are so much larger, carelessly downloaded, never wanted again. The problem is that that storage space isn't on my main computer, that its resources are finite, and that if I don't delete a few more files, I won't be able to clear off the photo cards, so that I have the option of taking more pictures and the option of sharing yesterday's photos.

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darktouch
Aug. 7th, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
Want to take some time to clean up my PDF collection while you're at it? You are a better woman than me(?) doing it on the mac. I have the tendency to create duplicate folders on my own anyway and I've quickly learned that re-merging those files and folders really requires me to do it on a PC. On the bright side, I am now to the point where all pictures, PDFs, and music now fit on my ipod. The down side? It is a 120 gig hard drive.
owlfish
Aug. 7th, 2009 09:56 am (UTC)
I organize PDFs mostly two ways these days: Papers for anything vaguely article-like and theses, and the ebook software (Caliber) for book-length PDFs smaller than the reader's 4mb maximum. (Bigger than that, i.e. Google Book downloads mostly, and they're in their own folder.)

Many of the rest were a mess, it's true, which is part of what I'm doing today, sorting into folders or deleting. But I could deal with them all via Papers if I really wanted to.

The hilarity of iPods: my current one has a HD larger than my laptop does. One of these days I'll see if I can't sync it to the server's music instead of that on my laptop.

Edited at 2009-08-07 01:58 pm (UTC)
owlfish
Aug. 7th, 2009 09:57 am (UTC)
My other useful bit of relevant software: iCombiner, whose purpose is to merge PDFs.
booksandtea
Aug. 7th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Good for you! Sorting my hard drive is something I've been meaning to do for years... so I guess it's just one of those things that will never happen. It's not like a mess in my room where it bothers me to see it.

steer
Aug. 7th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
There's worse than neopets
Many years ago my conference was the default conference laptop for presentations from speakers. To my horror I realised I'd left a game CD in it. The game in question was "Panzer general", a WWII strategy game. As a result the CD icon showing throughout the conference was a prominent Nazi symbol (fortunately not a swastika but that black cross on red background that I don't know the name of).

I don't *think* anyone noticed but if they did it's not the kind of thing they'd mention I guess.

Edited at 2009-08-08 01:09 am (UTC)
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