New ideas from the house of crypto...
Below you'll find images of my next project in progress.
I'm building on the idea of the RAID - Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks - where a number of cheap disks with relatively high failure rates are stacked together, connected, and controlled in such a way that they appear to be a single storage device. These disks can be used in a number of different configurations - striped, so that a number of slow disks can achieve a faster sustained throughput by working in parallel; mirrored, so that a failure on one drive does not cause failure of the storage as a whole; or some combination.
I have figured for a while that this idea needed to be embraced and extended, and with the number of free or cheap thumb-drives that I have cluttering up my desk drawer, the idea came to me that I should create the "RAFT" - Redundant Array of Free Thumbdrives.
As you can see, the prototype, which includes a Free Hub at its centre, runs on four thumb drives of various sizes producing storage nearly equivalent to 256MB.
Let me know what successes you've had with floating your own RAFTs.