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    what drive capacity would suit you?

    I've recently upgraded from a 40Gb(was starting to fail) to 160Gb. HUGE leap.

    I've created a 30Gb Windows partition, the rest of the capacity is unused, and will probably remain unused until I upgrade the drive. On the 40Gb drive, I only used a 20Gb partition.

    Even 20GB was more than what I needed, I had about 5 Gb to spare. I just install XP, apps that I need to use, and store some pics and vids of family and friends. For me, anything more than 20Gb is just a wasted space that I will never use.

    So how much capacity do you need?

    EDIT: I'll add that I don't download music or movies etc, all of which would consume huge amounts of capacity.

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    I got 500Gb in January. My main partition (150Gb) has 118Gb free, and the other one (50Gb) has 40Gb free.

    I wish now that I had bought two smaller drives than one big one, because then I would be more inclined to do silly things with one of them, like testing different OS's, etc.
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    I'm currently using 2 x 1TB drives, of which 249 GB is free on one drive, the other is 'full'. I do keep a lot of (unpirated) movies on my drives as iso's, because I hate to fish around in my movie collection for what I want. One of the reasons I haven't switched to blu-ray is because of the increased file sizes, and the fact that the picture doesn't seem all that better to me, at least not in the context of the increased file size. Even these 1 TB drives seem cramped, I would honestly need something in the 100TB range to feel really spacious.
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    I have 1TB on my Desktop and 300GB on my Laptop
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    80GB SSD .

    20GB for factory installed Vista - very full, just for BIOS flashing and things... and for totally non-Linux people that borrow my laptop =P
    the rest for Linux (including 2GB swap) - about half full

    I store all my data on a server on the LAN. 250GB storage space (about half full) in Linux Software RAID-5. Accessing it from school through VPN is slow, though... still trying to find a solution. Will keep a copy of the non-iso/movies/music files on my 16GB USB flash drive and sync them to the server every night or something.
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    I need another one for my dev server.

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    I have a 500GB (OS X) and an 80GB (Windows) in my desktop. My laptop is 250GB.

    There's plenty of room left on both of them, but I tend to scale what I store on a drive with it's capacity. If I had 1TB, I'd probably just keep more stuff than I do now.
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    25GB for the system drive, 100 if I were into games.
    Everything else is stored on external drives since I'd like to be able to access my data from any computer, not just those at home. Those can't really be big enough, though 500gb is a good start
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    I'm a bit of a minimalist. I have an 80GB external hard drive that's used only for backups. On my laptop I have a pretty standard disk, but I doubt I've even used a gigabyte of it, and I doubt I will use a gigabyte any time in the near future. My work machine is another story, since I have copies of all our SVN repositories, and enough data to take up 30GB.

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    I thought my usage was normal - until I saw how much stuff the people in this thread packs.
    I had an 80GB on my laptop that held-up fine for me. Now I have a 160, and it's more than enough. Programs, games, programming, websites, sounds, images, and music all put together takes up around 10GB. I'm sure it would be much higher if I were to into taking photos more.
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    I'd like to have one of these as boot/system drive. 260/200 MB/s read/write at 0.1ms access time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nyda View Post
    I'd like to have one of these as boot/system drive. 260/200 MB/s read/write at 0.1ms access time...
    That's what I was thinking. Until I read some of the reviews. More expensive than a velociraptor, similar benchmarks, and has a certain amount of read/writes before it stops working. They are definitely the future, but for now I'll wait.
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    It used to take my computer 72 minutes to do a virus can of 20GB. Celeron 2.2Ghz, 768 MB ram, XP.

    So by my calculations, 1TB would take 3600 minutes = 60 hrs = 2.5 days. A defrag on 1TB would probably take just as long.

    Scary stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dae View Post
    has a certain amount of read/writes before it stops working. They are definitely the future, but for now I'll wait.
    If you rewrite 50GB each day on the 128GB drive, it'll still last for an average of 70 years before it starts to break down. In my book that qualifies as "good enough"

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