submitted 8 hours ago by ylai@lemmy.ml to c/datahoarder@lemmy.ml

I was so confident that WhatsApp was backing itself up to Google ever since I got my new pixel but I just wasn't. Then yesterday I factory reset my phone to fix something else and I lost it all. Years worth of chats from so many times in my past just aren't there, all my texts with my mom and my family, group chats with old friends... I can't even look at the app anymore, I'll never use Whatsapp as much as I used to. I just don't feel right with this change. There's no way to get those chats back and now it doesn't feel like there's any point backing up WhatsApp now! I really wanna cry like this is so unfair!! And all I had to do was check Whatsapp before I did a factory reset.. the TINIEST THING I could have done and prevented this and I didn't fucking do it!!!!!!!

How do I get past this?

submitted 6 days ago* (last edited 6 days ago) by ylai@lemmy.ml to c/datahoarder@lemmy.ml
submitted 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago) by cm0002@lemmy.world to c/datahoarder@lemmy.ml

With Google Workspace cracking down on storage (Been using them for unlimited storage for years now) I was lucky to get a limit of 300TBs, but now I have to actually watch what gets stored lol

A good portion is uh "Linux ISOs", but the rest is very seldom (In many cases last access was years ago) accessed files that I think would be perfect for tape archival. Things like byte-to-byte drive images and old backups. I figure these would be a good candidate for tape and estimate this portion would be about 100TBs or more

But I've never done tape before, so I'm looking for some purchasing advice and such. I seen from some of my research that I should target picking up an LTO8 drive as it's compatible with LTO9 for when they come down in price.

And then it spiraled from there with discussions on library tape drives that are cheaper but need modifications and all sorts of things

submitted 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago) by dullbananas@lemmy.ca to c/datahoarder@lemmy.ml

Run this javascript code with the document open in the browser: https://codeberg.org/dullbananas/google-docs-revisions-downloader/src/branch/main/googleDocsRevisionDownloader.js

Usually this is possible by pasting it into the Console tab in developer tools. If running javascript is not an option, then use this method: https://lemmy.ca/post/21276143

You might need to manually remove the characters before the first { in the downloaded file.

submitted 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago) by dullbananas@lemmy.ca to c/datahoarder@lemmy.ml
  1. Copy the document ID. For example, if the URL is https://docs.google.com/document/d/16Asz8elLzwppfEhuBWg6-Ckw-Xtfgmh6JixYrKZa8Uw/edit, then the ID is 16Asz8elLzwppfEhuBWg6-Ckw-Xtfgmh6JixYrKZa8Uw.
  2. Open this URL: https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/poop/revisions/load?id=poop&start=1&end=1 (replace poop with the ID from the previous step). You should see a json file.
  3. Add 0 to the end of the number after end= and refresh. Repeat until you see an error page instead of a json file.
  4. Find the highest number that makes a json file instead of an error page appear. This involves repeatedly trying a number between the highest number known to result in a json file and the lowest number known to result in an error page.
  5. Download the json file. You might need to remove the characters before the first {.

I found the URL format for step 2 here:


I am working on an easy way. Edit: here it is https://lemmy.ca/post/21281709

submitted 2 weeks ago by ylai@lemmy.ml to c/datahoarder@lemmy.ml
submitted 2 weeks ago by lars@lemmy.sdf.org to c/datahoarder@lemmy.ml

cross-posted from: https://programming.dev/post/13631943

Firefox Power User Keeps 7,400+ Browser Tabs Open for 2 Years


cross-posted from: https://leminal.space/post/6179210

I have a collection of about ~110 4K Blu-Ray movies that I've ripped and I want to take the time to compress and store them for use on a future Jellyfin server.

I know some very basics about ffmpeg and general codec information, but I have a very specific set of goals in mind I'm hoping someone could point me in the right direction with:

  1. Smaller file size (obviously)
  2. Image quality good enough that I cannot spot the difference, even on a high-end TV or projector
  3. Preserved audio
  4. Preserved HDR metadata

In a perfect world, I would love to be able to convert the proprietary HDR into an open standard, and the Dolby Atmos audio into an open standard, but a good compromise is this.

Assuming that I have the hardware necessary to do the initial encoding, and my server will be powerful enough for transcoding in that format, any tips or pointers?


So it's been a a few years since I've bought hard drives for my little home server and wanted to get a bead on what's the target on dollar to TB in the post Covid world. Thanks!

submitted 4 weeks ago by ylai@lemmy.ml to c/datahoarder@lemmy.ml

I'm looking for EPUB formats of all the three books.

submitted 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago) by crony@lemmy.cronyakatsuki.xyz to c/datahoarder@lemmy.ml

Hello, I'm wondering what do you guys use and recommend for efficient book, comic, manga and lightnovel file management, tagging, directory structures and automated tools for all that.

My collection is mostly made from humble bundle book bundles, for getting tags into comics I use comictagger and as for file structure, it was mostly just me just putting something to separate the books.

I wan't to hear you guys input because most of you are a lot more efficient or have a lot more experience in saving big ammounts of data, and I wan't to make my process as painless and future proof as possible as my collection starts to grow.

Edit: I use linux so software like comicrack which I heard a lot about isn't really accessible to me. The files also need to be accessible to my kavita server.


How to store digital files for posterity? (hundreds of years)

I have some family videos and audios and I want to physically save them for posterity so that it lasts for periods like 200 years and more. This allows great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren to have access.

From the research I did, I found that the longest-lasting way to physically store digital content is through CD-R gold discs, but it may only last 100 years. From what I researched, the average lifespan of HDs and SSDs is no more than 10 years.

I came to the conclusion that the only way to ensure that the files really pass from generation to generation is to record them on CDs and distribute them to the family, asking them to make copies from time to time.

It's crazy to think that if there were suddenly a mass extinction of the human species, intelligent beings arriving on Earth in 1000 years would probably not be able to access our digital content. While cave paintings would probably remain in the same place.

What is your opinion?

submitted 1 month ago* (last edited 1 month ago) by xnx@slrpnk.net to c/datahoarder@lemmy.ml

I formatted my PC recently and I'm reinstalling some stuff I forgot to make a backup of settings like yt-dlp so I started searching for what is a good config to download the best mp4 quality and found some interesting setups so I figured I'd make a thread for people to share what they use.

Here's the most best setup I found so far which downloads a 1080p mp4 with the filename and includes metadata, english subtitles, and chapters if available: yt-dlp -f 'bestvideo[height<=1080][ext=mp4]+bestaudio[ext=m4a]/best[ext=mp4]/best' -S vcodec:h264 --windows-filenames --restrict-filenames --write-auto-subs --sub-lang "en.*" --embed-subs --add-metadata --add-chapters --no-playlist -N 4 -ci --verbose --remux-video "mp4/mkv" URL

Ideally it would also mark the sponserblock section and download to a specified folder

submitted 1 month ago by tim@wants.coffee to c/datahoarder@lemmy.ml

@datahoarder The Internet Archive Just Backed Up an Entire Caribbean Island

submitted 1 month ago by syaochan@feddit.it to c/datahoarder@lemmy.ml

Hi, anyone could point me at an ELI5 about SAS hardware? I'd like to assemble a NAS using an old HP Z200, I want SAS because I'd get also a tape drive for backups and I cannot find SATA tape drives. For example, is a Dell Perc H310 pci-e card good for me? Can I avoid hardware RAID?

submitted 1 month ago by Baku@aussie.zone to c/datahoarder@lemmy.ml

While clicking through some random Lemmy instances, I found one that's due to be shut down in about a week — https://dmv.social. I'm trying to archive what I can onto the Wayback Machine, but I'm not sure what the most efficient way to go about it is.

At the moment, what I've been doing is going through each community and archiving each sort type (except the ones under a month, since the instance was locked a month ago) with capture outlinks enabled. But is there a more efficient way to do it? I know of the Internet Archives save from spreadsheet tool, which would probably work well, but I don't know how I'd go about crawling all the links into a sitemap or csv or something similar. I don't have the know-how to setup a web crawler/spider.

Any suggestions?


Seems the SSD sometimes heats up and the content disappears from the device, mostly from my router, sometimes from my laptop.
Do you know what I should configure to put the drive to sleep or something similar to reduce the heat?

I'm starting up my datahoarder journey now that I replaced my internal nvme SSD.

It's just a 500GB one which I attached to my d-link router running openwrt. I configured it with samba and everything worked fine when I finished the setup. I just have some media files in there, so I read the data from jellyfin.

After a few days the content disappears, it's not a connection problem from the shared drive, since I ssh into the router and the files aren't shown.
I need to physically remove the drive and connect it again.
When I do this I notice the somewhat hot. Not scalding, just hot.

I also tried this connecting it directly to my laptop running ubuntu. In there the drive sometimes remains cool and the data shows up without issue after days.
But sometimes it also heats up and the data disappears (this was even when the data was not being used, i.e. I didn't configure jellyfin to read from the drive)

I'm not sure how I can be sure to let the ssd sleep for periods of time or to throttle it so it can cool off.
Any suggestion?


What in your hoard do you treasure the most? I imagine to a lot of us it is photos and videos of our families, which I'd love to hear about, but also interested in rare bits of media or information that makes your collection unique.

submitted 2 months ago* (last edited 2 months ago) by mulcahey@lemmy.world to c/datahoarder@lemmy.ml

Last year Elon Musk accidentally revealed that he has a burner account on Twitter called @ErmnMusk.

Now that account is gone.

I'm looking for an archive: its tweets, its likes, anything and everything. Does anyone know where to find?

submitted 2 months ago by otacon239@feddit.de to c/datahoarder@lemmy.ml

So I’ve been consolidating all of my storage and removing all the duplicates and junk files.

In actual physical storage, this was spread across 12TB worth of hard drives, all partially full.

After everything was said and done, I’m using 1.3TB of space if you don’t include games. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This is stuff dating back to 2015. Sometimes it’s actually worth it to just clean up your junk files.

submitted 3 months ago by ylai@lemmy.ml to c/datahoarder@lemmy.ml
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submitted 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago) by CorrodedCranium@leminal.space to c/datahoarder@lemmy.ml

I imagine a lot of people who are into data hoarding already know a lot of this but I thought the video was pretty neat. It briefly talks about the history of different compression formats and provides a brief blurb about why you may want to use one or the other.

I'd recommend checking it out if you want 15 minutes of background noise.

For anyone new to data compression TechQuickie and CrashCourse have videos on it. If you really want to go down the rabbit hole you could check out media compression and see how things like JPEGs and PNGs work.

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