I've recently gotten a new job on the other side of the planet. Exciting stuff.
But then I need to concern myself with my data. My computer set-up is as follows:
- Home Server
- Windows Server HDD
- A HDD that serves as a repository for all of my ISOs and large important downloads
- Another HDD that holds Hyper-V VM VHDs
- Another HDD that serves as the "data" drive for a Hyper-V VM that runs MS DPM
- Another HDD that a Hyper-V VM running Exchange 2010 uses to store the EDB
- System HDD
- User profile HDD (I modified my Windows installation so all the profiles are D:\Users)
- My old computer's HDD with documents from 1996-2008 stored on it (I need to make backups!)
- Single 256GB SSD
That's a lot of HDDs.
My problem is that my job is in a country with a bit of a repressive regime and there is no uncertainty in my mind that any computers in my company-provided air-freight crate will have their HDDs examined, so I've decided to remove all HDDs from my computers before they go into shipping (except for my laptop, which will be in my carry-on).
This leaves at least 8 3.5" drives, roughly 5TB of data, that I need to sneak into the country.
I'm paranoid about my data because it's almost everything to me, including my personal diary, and I also frequent on sites like 4chan and Fark so I have a lot of "unsavoury" (but far from illegal!) content on my drives that I'd rather not part with. I think I also have stuff like The Anarchist Cookbook on my drives too - I'd rather not answer questions about those, of course.
One possibility I thought of is consolidating as much data onto a single drive, for example I could mount my desktop computer's HDDs on my server and copy their contents onto a huge 2TB drive and leave only the System HDD (which contains no confidential or personal information). I could do the same with the server.
I could wipe the DPM backup drive and leave it in the server, which means I'd only need to smuggle two 3.5" drives: my Exchange VM server's dedicated HDD, and "the drive with everything on it" - all of the drives left in shipping are just system disks. I could fit the 3.5" drives into fairly compact external HDD caddies that go with my laptop.
Obviously I'd then make another backup of that "one drive" and leave it with a trusted friend at home.
Does that sound like a sound strategy to everyone?