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What Good Is All This Disk Space?


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#1 shawnvw

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 01:18 PM

This is going to fall under the category of "I wish I had your problem, buddy."

After installing a new hard drive and -- apparently -- fixing my old one, I have the following on my system:

Drive 1: 300 Gb, new install of Windows XP. No other data.
Drive 2: 80 Gb, nearly full of important data and programs (many of which came installed on the computer).

As we speak I'm in the process of cloning the old drive to the new one. But then what? It took me years to fill up 80 Gb, and even now that I know how to record TV shows on the computer, I still expect that 300 Gb drive to be half empty - or more - for a long time.

I also have a 160 Gb external drive, which until now I used to back up the computer and my laptop also.

My question: is there any good use for 200+ Gb of empty drive space? Can I improve my computer's performance by cranking up my swap file to something huge, or something like that?

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#2 gavinseabrook

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 01:34 PM

Not really. Though you will have a huge swap file, that is not going to increase the performance of you pc. One thing that 200+ GB of space is good for is the future. New programs, new games, downloading shows, maybe porn?

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 01:42 PM

yeah.. wish i did have your problem-_-

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 02:37 PM

To have space in reserve and just impeding/slowing down certain functions (like chkdsk, defrag), you really need to have a C: partition that is not overly large.

I put all my programs and XP on C: partitions that are 20GB, regardless of the size of the hard drive itself. This is a bit more efficient than having a C: partition that is 100GB or more.

Since you already back up to an external hard drive, I suggest continuing to do so. The fact that it's an external drive is just one more measure of protection that a drive failure results in miminal impedance.

I have a lot of video files, graphics, and music files...so I have 2 500GB drives on one system, along with a 20GB O/S and programs drive.

I guess that I have to ask why you bought such a large hard drive, if you did not really need the space.

I don't know what method you use to record TV or how often...but if you do so with any frequencey, I think that you will find that space is useful.

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Posted 31 December 2007 - 09:18 PM

I guess that I have to ask why you bought such a large hard drive, if you did not really need the space.


It was on sale.

Honest - at $60 it was the cheapest SATA drive of any size at either Fry's or Best Buy.

I don't know what method you use to record TV or how often...but if you do so with any frequency, I think that you will find that space is useful.


Probably. I doubt I'd record more than an hour or two per week, so that would be, what, 2 years to fill 200 Gb? And I probably won't keep everything, anyway.

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 12:08 PM

It has been my experience, that storage requirements tend to expand to fill any vacuum. Just a few years ago, I had but a measly 6GB drive and was happy. Now I have nearly 500GB and and looking to expand!

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 04:08 PM

It has been my experience, that storage requirements tend to expand to fill any vacuum. Just a few years ago, I had but a measly 6GB drive and was happy. Now I have nearly 500GB and and looking to expand!


I'm curious - what filled up all that space? In my case it was my TV shows and my kid's music and bootleg movies. I also loaded copies of my old computer hard drives, which added up to about 20 Gb.

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Posted 01 January 2008 - 05:10 PM

According to WinDirStat, I'm using approximately 60GB for AVI files (tv shows, a movie or two, plus tons of old Bugs bunny Cartoons [including some that never get shown anymore]), 43GB of ISO files (mostly Linux distributions, plus miscellaneous other ISOs), 22GB of VMware virtual disks, 9.3GB of PDF documents, 6.8GB of MPG files (more Bugs Bunny), 7GB of MP3's, plus about 15GB of other sundry files. I also have a 128GB (compressed) backup of everything.

Grand total: 291.1GB!

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 03:02 PM

If all that space bothers you, buy your wife a digital camera. Adios disk space!

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Posted 02 January 2008 - 03:16 PM

Ooh, that just a terrible thing to say! :thumbsup:




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