Techie stuff

I got a ride home from work today with Dianne and on the way back we stopped at Staples to pick up a few supplies for the lab.  We actually first stopped at Best Buy, which didn’t have what we were looking for, but did sell vacuum cleaners and a whole wall of guitars (there were probably close to 100 electric guitars on the wall).  So, same brand of store as the US but slightly expanded merchandise selection…

We did get what we needed at Staples, though, and when we went to check out the sale table Dianne found 1 terrabyte LG external hard drives on sale for $50!  Yes, that is twice the size of my less than one year old mac book pro that cost over $1200.  We each got one – her for putting movies and other entertainment stuff on, me for putting my entire PhD on!  I am getting set up with an old PC desktop in my office so I don’t have to drag my laptop back and forth on my 2.5 hours worth of bus-ing every day and this way I can bring my little hard drive with me instead of my computer – hooray, back to my purse instead of my backpack!

I wanted to make sure I did this correctly so I read all the directions and instruction manuals carefully.  When it started talking about partitioning the drive and making sure both Macs and PCs could read and write on the drive, I went to my trusty friend wikipedia to try to figure out what I should do.  I decided on MS-DOS (FAT) format – the instruction manual recommended FAT32, this was the only file format that had the word “FAT” in it.  I will have to double check if it actually works on the PC tomorrow at work.  I decided on only two partitions – one to keep all the stuff that originally came on the drive and one to keep all my PhD documents in it.  Keep in mind that I have absolutely no idea what I am doing with this.  Wikipedia had a pros/cons list for partitioning your drive and from that I decided on 2.  I am hoping my actual tech friend can double check this for me and let me know if I am being completely stupid it about it (yes, you know who you are Mr. Zirker).  Anyway, luckily I had followed the directions and saved all the stuff that had originally came on the drive to a folder on my computer before partitioning as the partitioning erases everything that is on the drive.  I ended up with my two partitions – the one tiny one (~500KB) to put all the stuff that came on the drive into and a big one that I named “PHD DOCS.”  And it worked!  Well, so far anyway.  Now when I plug in my hard drive it comes up in my finder window as two different hard drives – one with all the original stuff saved in it and one for the PhD docs.  As far as I can tell, the idea of partitioning is so I can back up the PhD docs part without having to back up the original stuff.

Anyway, if nothing else, it makes me feel cool and nerdy (yes, both). 🙂

Now, back to work on creating some PhD docs to put on it!



2 thoughts on “Techie stuff

  1. barry February 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm Reply

    Hold it right there buster, first off I think I just had a heart attack. If you decide to keep all of your PhD documents on this mobile drive please make sure that the data is backed up frequently to someplace more permanent. Those drives are handy and mobile but do fail often enough that it can cause some serious heartache.
    That being said, Fat32 will work flawlessly on both operating systems but the downside is that you will not be able to transfer anything higher than 2 gigs in file size. If you want to transfer anything larger, try ExFat.

    • kerryco64 February 11, 2013 at 7:45 pm Reply

      Hey, don’t worry I plan on putting it all on my actual computer too. I will sync them up each night when I come home. How do I get ExFat? I didn’t see it as an option on my computer.

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