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Sometimes I just feel like deleting everything.

I accidentally dropped an old hard drive I had laying around that unfortunately wasn’t backed up. Lost 4 TB of data in the snap of a finger.

I was really upset about it at first. But, then after a few days it actually started to feel kind of liberating. All I could think about is how much time I just saved having to sort through those old files, backing them, backing up the backups. All for what? I didn’t actually need any of that stuff. It wasn’t baby pictures or something irreplaceable.

Sometimes I feel like just ditching all of it. It would feel like being lifted from a burden on some level.

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  1. Deleted 70 percent of my data last month. I am extremely extremely happy with my decision.

  2. Some oldtimers used to archive radio dramas such as mysteries, space operas, comedies, and variety shows and there are perhaps over 100,000 of them in public domain now. They didn’t know if anyone would ever enjoy them in the next centuries, but they preserved them rather than let them disappear forever. I have acquired at least 40,000 of them and have tweaked hundreds of them a bit using Sound Forge and Spectral Layers, teasing out some marginal improvements in many cases. These programs do nice things for old 78s, too. I am glad some folks preserved such things. I save whatever I can. Laserdiscs, vinyl, quadraphonic 8-tracks and LPs, CDs, over 9000 compact cassettes (mostly to pdf the artwork and liner notes) and now I am digitizing early simulcast MTV videos and concerts and lots of other rare shows from a few thousand Betamax recordings I made. Many more thousands of VHS and S-VHS recordings are waiting to be digitized along with 15 ips open reel tapes of King Biscuit Flour Hour and such things. Storage is unbelievably cheap now and I make 7 copies of everything with all audio in WAV format. Who knows what might be interesting to later generations? I am also archiving some things on archival Dual Layer BluRay discs and plan to place more backup copies of my files in other locations. I will adapt to new storage methods as they come along, but for now I am thinking about tornado proof vaults, upcoming huge SSDs, and faraday cages. I also am keeping lots of equipment such as turntables, open reel machines, Nakamichi cassette machines, laser disk players, videotape machines, and such, running all of them occasionally to keep the rubber parts flexible and the capacitors exercised.
    Of course, when I can buy a better copy of something like a box set of a tv series or a BluRay copy of an old rock concert, I replace the poorer copies when I can. High quality digital music downloads are gradually replacing many items in my music collection, too.

  3. For me:

    Hoarding is equal parts personal and practical.

    On the personal side: I have data that I would be genuinely devastated if I were to lose. It’s a couple terabytes worth. Old family photos, videos. Baby videos, dead relatives, etc. All stuff that if lost, there is absolutely no way of coming back from.

    On the practical side: It’s major QOL. I don’t worry about things like a drive failure on my computer(had 4 go out in the last 2 years), or if my laptop gets stolen. I’ve learned how to nearly be my own cloud, which has been an absolutely liberating experience. It’s faster, works more reliably, and cheaper. There’s definitely something to be said about having data be ‘stateless’ where I can pick up any computer, and be up and running like it’s a machine I’ve been using for years, in under 10 minutes.

    For ‘hoarding’ other stuff: I’m selective. I’ll help seed things like archived tweeds or educational resources, but I don’t have the finances or hardware to participate in some of the bigger projects.

    Important data is backed up in enough places across enough different mediums, that it would take an apocalyptic asteroid to lose. Unimportant stuff, it’s just nice to have a big wad of storage I can get to from anywhere. Saves space on local machines and makes shopping easier. Don’t need to go searching for X size hard drive because I need it to hold everything.

  4. I deleted about 20TBs of porn, with images and videos I had been collecting for nearly 20 years.

    It was very very difficult for me to let go of the pictures I started saving as a teen.

    It’s definitely a load off because I’m no longer spending my time hoarding porn and organizing it.

  5. I felt something similar last week after a very long bicycle ride, but it wasn’t about size of data, it was about computers in general. I realised that during that long ride, I hadn’t thought about anything to do with computers *at all* and that was shocking to me.

  6. I come from a family of home hoarders, like multiple homes hoarded with stuff. (Not trash) I for one love the fact that all my hoarding is done in my simple home office.


    * And yes, I will inherit multiple rental properties later in life or real estate to sell.

  7. I periodically go through that phase. Especially with, right now, the need to get together more storage to replace some that died in the last two years, computer components for an aging server, etc. I’m thinking, why am I dropping the coin on this shit. Especially when so often it never gets looked at. My music gets used often. Family photos I have archived. A few gig of important documents. Really, if the whole NAS burned up I’d be bummed, but life would go on.

  8. On a serious note, though, I often delete my facebook accounts and old files for a similar reason. Even in the digital space, clutter is very real.

  9. Not me thinking about the forty-seven tabs I have open right now

  10. Same, lost thousands of images I didn’t need before formatting my phone because I thought I had backed up everything. Felt upset at first, relieved after.

  11. I tend to hoard data then just delete it all and start over 5 years later..

  12. Are you suggesting you *don’t need* pdf copies of Lego’s instruction manuals from 1976-1998.

    I don’t believe you.

  13. Someone should really write a paper on this “archival suicide” feeling y’all seem to get from time to time.

  14. I have even thought about this regarding the baby pics. How many baby pics do you have of yourself? How many more do you wish you had? Will anyone else care about those baby pics after you die? What are we saving all the photo’s for?

  15. Can’t you take it to a place like Data Doctors for recovery?

  16. Previous: “The things you own end up owning you.”

    Now: “The data you own ends up owning you.”

  17. I just deleted 300 linux isos I’ll never use. Freed up 10TiB+ of space. Feels good man.

  18. how I organize stuff

    mkdir OldStuff
    mv * OldStuff

    sometimes go looking for stuff in `OldStuff/OldStuff/OldStuff/…`

  19. These a quote from Thoreau that I like a lot and I find it’s often relevant here in /r/datahoarder:

    “for a man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.”

    I’m very much a “strategic semi-hoarder” because everything takes time and money, so I try to make sure it’s worth it to me versus being a huge stress / thankless job.

    Maybe this means you only keep favorite TV shows. Or put newly-acquired things in a “temporary” folder and if you haven’t watched/used it in 90 days, delete it. And so on.

    Identify what’s ACTUALLY important to you, and what you do and don’t want to do, and work to trim down to that level, and I think you’ll start feeling better.

  20. I currently have about 2-3 TB of random stuff across a few drives. None of it in any sort of raid and no backups.

    It would suck if some of it disappeared, but the vast majority is stuff I can just redownload again.

    Maybe when I have the ability to do data hoarding correctly, I’ll make a small NAS and a backup of some things, like hard to find ISOs and pictures/documents from my own life. But otherwise, I may just keep throwing a bunch of drives together, or do a RaidZ2 eventually with no backup for my other stuff.

    Also, I deleted a few dozen images and video from my phone that I collected over 2+ years. It felt sad, but I didn’t properly index the actual good stuff first and it was genuinely a waste of space. Just found a few things I wanted to keep and chucked the rest.

  21. I recently went through and did a similar thing, i had a bunch of stuff that I decided I no longer needed and deleted about 1TB of it and it was liberating

  22. You know what you do, when you have stuff you want to have sorted, but its too much or too time consuming or whatever?

    You create a SORT folder and dump it in there. You do that with all those files and stuff until its nice and clean away in that sort folder.

    Basically you have sorted it now 😉 (well sorta)
    And once that folder come to cluttered to have grasp on it, you create a SORT2 folder. Yes my friend thats the way!

    And when all these sort folder bother you, what do you do then?? I have the answer my friend, you create a SORT to rule them all.
    Your create a Sort head folder as such:


    * SORT1
    * SORT2
    * …

    The only problem with this approach is, that once u do actually sort stuff out of these folders you will have gotten so used to certain files being in their sortX folders it will be weird ;P

  23. As long as you’re OK not being the controller of the content then who cares? It sounds like you have mostly commercial media like TV shows and movies. Not home movies and artifacts from your childhood or travels and things.

    Watch the Office? Well good luck streaming Diversity Day anywhere today. In 5 years? That show is basically going to be 4 episodes that make it through the censors. They already cut out all sorts of scenes now.

    Seinfeld? No Puerto Rican day. IASIP? None of the episodes with Taiwan Tammy air anymore.

    All the crap that Lucas did to his films even before Disney got it? You can’t stream the originals anywhere. Hello bad CGI versus bad oldschool effects.

    Disney movies like Dumbo? Gone. Aristocrats? Gone, wiped from the steaming platforms. Song of the South? Never.

    Let’s say you’re fine with all that. Product placement is everywhere now and coming to old stuff. They’re editing movies and shows to put cans of coke in the shot. To put banner ads on walls as characters walk past them. The technology exists to do this on a per stream basis. How long do you think it will take before the same targeted ads you get everywhere now will manifest themselves inside your media? Trials have already started. And most people are too stupid to even notice so the trials are going well.

    If you ever travel streaming is a nightmare because of the regional specific locks due to stupid licensing rules. You can’t watch that if you’re a few miles over here versus there. Streaming services are spending big money to get the ability to block VPNs entirely and it’s working. It’s a losing battle.

    I doubt many people will care. But I want to be in control of what I watch and what version of what I watch.

  24. Sorry for your loss.

    If you still like your hobby, maybe help out at archive.org and be part of a team instead of putting all of the responsibility on yourself.

  25. That’s often a feeling when you have too much ‘stuff’, whether physical or digital. Moving house and just chucking stuff is often very liberating.