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Old 11-07-2012, 11:08 AM   #41
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iMac: 1TB Hard drive. I only use 250GB on this one. I run Mac OS X and Windows 7 on it.

1st USB drive: 1TB. This is where I store my iTunes library (715GB)

2nd USB drive: 2TB. This is my backup drive (Time Machine).

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Old 11-07-2012, 04:03 PM   #42
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On the other end of the spectrum, I've got a netbook with:

4GB SSD for the system drive (2.7GB used), and a
16GB for the data drive (4.4GB used),

20GB total avail, ~ 7.1GB used. That includes ~ 1.3GB of photos, but not many other docs.

Despite this small size, it is fairly well equipped. Ubuntu 10.04 OS, and I've got a few simple games, a photo manager, scanner app, a couple browsers, Skype, TeamViewer, OpenOffice, Audacity sound editor, a music jukebox app (like iTunes), WINE ( allows some Windows programs to run), Google SketchUp (3D modeling program), plus the system and admin apps.

It runs all those pretty well.


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Old 11-07-2012, 04:07 PM   #43
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Laptop with 750GB drive

Originally Posted by Midpack View Post
I guess I need to generate and save more bytes!
Our two grand-kids help with that. With pictures and video our collection grows at 52GB per year. Throw in a wedding and the old 320GB drive is out of space. I just got a new laptop with 750GB drive to help with storage.
I used to archive to CDs and DVDs, but found that unreliable over time, and time consuming. It's really easy to backup to 3TB USB3 drive - just let it rip - don't have to feed it blank disks. The backup drive is also small enough to keep in bug-out bag.
Windows 7 with other programs installed needs about 120GB, so that is my C: partition. (my systemdisk has grown over the years: Win95 -Win7) I also set up 15GB SwapDisk on S: to keep it out of C:. That leaves 530GB for Data on D:. Lets remember that new computers come without CDs, so they make a recovery partition, like 25GB. It all takes space and it's not a problem nowadays.
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Old 11-07-2012, 05:45 PM   #44
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A little tangent, but my iPod currently has about 47 GB of music. It will take me over 35 days straight through to listen to all my songs. I sometimes wonder how much music is too much.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:34 PM   #45
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I just bought a new computer.

C drive is just program is a 256GB SS drive (once you've had SS you don't want to run your programs from anything else). My D drive is 2 TB of which I have 1.14 TB free.

As you can see I could have made do with 1 TB data drive but the cost to upgrade to 2TB was very cheap and I didn't want to have to stress about having enough space. Main things that take up space are photos and videos (most videos that I bought).

I also have a 2 TB external drive that I use to backup stuff. Used to have one smaller but it wasn't big enough...
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:35 PM   #46
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A little tangent, but my iPod currently has about 47 GB of music. It will take me over 35 days straight through to listen to all my songs. I sometimes wonder how much music is too much.
I'm at 33GB as you may have noted in post #1. I'll never get to 47GB, good to know someone has spent more on music than I have...

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