How do you fill up a >20 GB drive?

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  1. DaveF

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    My two-year old computer has a 9GB hard-drive, and I only use about 6 GB of it. A 20 GB HD would give me some breathing room, and 100-200GB would let me keep most of my raw (research) data online. But when I'm finished with my thesis, I won't need that data.

    So I'm curious: what do people do with > 20 GB of HD space? What uses do you find for all that storage capacity? What do you have installed than uses more than even 5 GB?
     
  2. Alan Curry

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    I have a 20 gig and 60 gig drive. Currently, The 20 has 13 gig free and the 60 gig has 53 gig free. I also capture my home videos (or capture shows from my ATI AIW) and create video cd's. When I'm capturing I can easily use all of my available space for the capture. If it wasn't for video or photo editing, I wouldn't need the second drive. My previous drive was a 6.4 gig which now resides in the kids machine (upgraded a 2.5 gig).

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    Graphics, video files, games, & development software are hard drive hogs. If you are into any of these, you can find yourself running out of room pretty fast. On my main partition, I have just the OS and programs - no data files or games - and I'm already at 9 GB. On my other partitions, which include data files and a few games, I'm looking at 50 GB.

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    Many new games eat up a gig in harddrive space when installed. Add to that the convenience of ripping your CD's to MP3 files and playing them on the computer or using the harddrive to record video and perhaps making "DivX ;-)" copies of your movies to transfer to the laptop for trips and whoosh, there goes 100GB.

    Add broadband internet access to that and a willingness to use file sharing programs and there basically is no limit to how much space you can fill up with copies of movies and MP3's.
     
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    Raw captured video is the biggest hard-drive hog I can think of. When I got my PC two years ago, my 20 gig drive seemed ridiculously big. Now that I have a Mini-DV camcorder and a video capture card, my 20 gig drive is entirely too small. They're supposed to have terabyte drives available for PCs in the near future. That's what I want!
     
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    VMWare. I can simulate a computer running every single OS I could ever want! How sweet is that!

    And a whole bunch of MP3s I never listen to. Jeez, where did I get some of these?
     
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    I've got almost 20 gig in just MP3s.
    Add to that all my Digital photos, and approx 40 games and you've got close to 40 gig right there.
    Someone here told me that "XP Pro" takes 1.8GB, all by itself!
    I would think *any* collection of MP3s, digital photos, and games would bring you right to 20GB.
    I've got a 80GB (7200rpm) so I'm safe 'till summer...right?
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    35GB MP3s, 2GB downloaded files, 1.5GB WinXP, 4GB Apps (OfficeXP, Adobe Suite, Macromedia Suite), .5GB docs.
     
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    If you get into serious video or audio editing- you'll find out that bigger drives aren't an option- but a necessity.

    I recently did audio for a 90 minute movie- with the low res video preview files, my raw audio elements, audio stems it weighed in at about 17 gigs.

    If I would have had the actual full res video files, it would have been 4-5 times that much!

    -Vince

    PS: Oh, and porn too, of course.
     
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    I've got a machine that I use for both work and games:
    3GB for WinXP + Office XP
    2GB for Restore function (both partitions)
    9GB for 7 full game installs
    5GB for music
    2GB for Adobe
    2GB for Macromedia products
    1GB for Files
    1GB for "gunk"
    *** all values approximate ***
    So already that's 25GB. And I never like to get my HD over 75% full (it's a 40GB drive). And if I wanted to do extra stuff, like download pictures, movies and stuff from the web, I could easily max it out. Which is why I've got another 40 Gigger on the way. [​IMG]
     
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    HD #1 - 22 gb - Programs, documents, games, etc

    HD #2 - 26 gb - MP3's

    HD #3 - 38 gb - DiVX movies

    I occasionally find myself having to burn the movies and MP3's to CD because I run out of room to download anymore. Looks like it's time for a new drive.
     
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    Fun - It's fascinating to see what people do with their computers.
    I guess one advantage to having speaking and writing as hobbies, is that text files take up far less room than music and videos [​IMG]
     
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    Unless you use Microsoft Word, the program that can make 2k worth of text take up 500 when in .DOC form. [​IMG]
     
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    DV Video editing takes up most of my D drive. Once I start on a project I have to finish it soon since I don't have any extra space for another one.
     
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    I have two IBM 13 gig drives, and they are about full, I have them partitioned into 3 Hard drives, and collectively they have about 2 gigs free, ONLY because I need the space free though. I could fill up 100 gigs in a weekend easily with all of my rampant downloading.
     
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    I have four hard drives but only one of them is larger than 20gb. Here's my layout:
    C: Drive is 18.2GB with 12.6GB free. It stores Win98SE (and Win2K when I get around to reinstalling it) and various other things; ICQ, DVD/CDRW software, Winamp, MS Office, etc.
    D: Drive is 40GB with 935mb free. It stores a little over 8000 mp3s and a directory full of drivers and backup information.
    E: and F: drives are 18GB with 18GB free. [​IMG] They're both SCSI drives and I'm having problems with my SCSI card right now. I'm considering picking up a RAID card and installing it when I install Win2K and striping the 2 drives.
    G: is DVD and H: is a CDRW...0 bytes free.[​IMG]
     

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