I’ve been meaning to collect all of my photos/documents/treasures off of all of the dinky drives in my house and copy them to a large master drive for years now. Today I finally laid them all out as the first step in the process.
The smaller ones were my first target–a lot of distracting noise taking up space. Why did I even keep four fax address storage cards from my copytech job?
So far, the process has been to:
- Connect the disk to my computer
lsblkto find the device name
- If there’s a partition on the device, run
mount /dev/[partition name] /mnt
- Copy any useful files to master drive
- Wipe drive with
shred --verbose /dev/[device name]
- Disconnect disk from computer and file in wiped drives
Still have some thinking to do about how to prevent the data-all-over-the-place issue I’m cleaning up. Primarily, I plan to banish the sneakernet and set up better file synchronization (Nextcloud or Syncthing) in my home network.