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Windows 7: Show Us Your WEI

11 Jul 2009   #1161
Johanster

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Why do you need enormous storage? For me, I don't have many programs installed, and little to no games. An 80GB HDD is fine! Once you add music, and videos and stuff, that is where the data starts to fill up, but that's what external/more HDD's are for!


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11 Jul 2009   #1162
DJG

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Johanster View Post
Why do you need enormous storage? For me, I don't have many programs installed, and little to no games. An 80GB HDD is fine! Once you add music, and videos and stuff, that is where the data starts to fill up, but that's what external/more HDD's are for!
Internally controlled drive configurations are faster and in the long run the storage system is more reliable and manageable. However hardware-wise they are more of a pain to assemble.
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11 Jul 2009   #1163
ikilledkenny

Windows 7 Professional, Windows Longhorn 4074
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DJG View Post
Internally controlled drive configurations are faster and in the long run the storage system is more reliable and manageable. However hardware-wise they are more of a pain to assemble.
Not only that, it's sometimes easier to have it all in one place.
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12 Jul 2009   #1164
ciphernemo

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit RTM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ikilledkenny View Post
Personally, I think that the WD 1TB Caviar Black is better than most of the SSD's out there. Sure it's slower than them, but the storage is enormous.
It's a LOT slower, lol. I use a RAID 0 of OCZ Vertex 30GB SSDs to get 60GB (plenty for a C: partition). I do so because of performance. But the WD Black 1TB drives are amazing values for their performance level when compared with other mechanical drives. I actually run one as my D: and E: partitions to store my documents, media files, etc. They are solid for massive amounts of storage.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Johanster View Post
Why do you need enormous storage? For me, I don't have many programs installed, and little to no games. An 80GB HDD is fine! Once you add music, and videos and stuff, that is where the data starts to fill up, but that's what external/more HDD's are for!
You're just not expanding your mind enough to consider all of the possibilities.

I'm only using 134GB on my 1TB drive right now, but I can easily use more. Some examples:
  • On my gaming rig I sometimes use FRAPS to record video of a game I'm playing. In raw format at 50% size of my 3840x1024 resolution (3x 1280x1024 monitors), which is 1920x512, it eats up 1GB every minute. So an hour long recording is 60GB.
  • On my Ubuntu Linux system running a program called "MythTV", I have it scheduling and recording TV programs (it's acting as an HTPC). It takes 7GB per hour of recording in a very high quality format. It only has a 250GB hard drive, and split into two partitions, with one for the OS and the other for the sotrage (197GB for recordings), I'm limited to recording and saving 28 hours of TV at one time. I'll be switching this older system out for my previous gaming rig, so I'll upgrade to a WD Black 1TB drive at that point.
  • My relatively small MP3 collection is 20GB. I can easily ramp this up to 100GB or so now with tons of space. I put off collecting too much in MP3 format in the past because of drive limitations. Now I don't have to hold back.
  • All of my real documents are 89GB. This includes images I work on in Photoshop, Office documents, resumes, my programming projects, and other small projects, etc.
And I wouldn't dare run all of these things on an external drive. That's just silly since I have plenty of room in my case and my case has better cooling than an external enclosure for a drive. The performance is better (unless you run eSATA for your external drives), there are less cables to deal with on your desk, and your drive is better protected in a PC case than external.

So depending upon what you're doing, it is easy to make use of 1TB of space.

Now compare that to my little netbook with a 4GB SSD and a 16GB SD card. I cut all of the fat for that thing, but it serves a very different purpose.
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12 Jul 2009   #1165
Phenom

 

SSD is the future then

Thanks btw guys.
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12 Jul 2009   #1166
Cindy

Windows 7 Ultimate RC1 / XP Black 2009
 
 

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12 Jul 2009   #1167
Johanster

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ciphernemo View Post
It's a LOT slower, lol. I use a RAID 0 of OCZ Vertex 30GB SSDs to get 60GB (plenty for a C: partition). I do so because of performance. But the WD Black 1TB drives are amazing values for their performance level when compared with other mechanical drives. I actually run one as my D: and E: partitions to store my documents, media files, etc. They are solid for massive amounts of storage.



You're just not expanding your mind enough to consider all of the possibilities.

I'm only using 134GB on my 1TB drive right now, but I can easily use more. Some examples:
  • On my gaming rig I sometimes use FRAPS to record video of a game I'm playing. In raw format at 50% size of my 3840x1024 resolution (3x 1280x1024 monitors), which is 1920x512, it eats up 1GB every minute. So an hour long recording is 60GB.
  • On my Ubuntu Linux system running a program called "MythTV", I have it scheduling and recording TV programs (it's acting as an HTPC). It takes 7GB per hour of recording in a very high quality format. It only has a 250GB hard drive, and split into two partitions, with one for the OS and the other for the sotrage (197GB for recordings), I'm limited to recording and saving 28 hours of TV at one time. I'll be switching this older system out for my previous gaming rig, so I'll upgrade to a WD Black 1TB drive at that point.
  • My relatively small MP3 collection is 20GB. I can easily ramp this up to 100GB or so now with tons of space. I put off collecting too much in MP3 format in the past because of drive limitations. Now I don't have to hold back.
  • All of my real documents are 89GB. This includes images I work on in Photoshop, Office documents, resumes, my programming projects, and other small projects, etc.
And I wouldn't dare run all of these things on an external drive. That's just silly since I have plenty of room in my case and my case has better cooling than an external enclosure for a drive. The performance is better (unless you run eSATA for your external drives), there are less cables to deal with on your desk, and your drive is better protected in a PC case than external.

So depending upon what you're doing, it is easy to make use of 1TB of space.

Now compare that to my little netbook with a 4GB SSD and a 16GB SD card. I cut all of the fat for that thing, but it serves a very different purpose.
I understand your point, but I was arguing that you don't need 1TB of space on your C: drive. You can easily get away with maybe a 120GB C: drive. I was arguing that when you need space, you can put in some 1TB internal Hard Drives, rather than put it all on a single hard drive.
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12 Jul 2009   #1168
Firestrider

Linux (Debian, Android)
 
 

You can have a 64-80GB SSD for your applications and OS (you can probably fit 2-3 games, CS4, office enterprise, visual studio, and an AV with room to spare), then just map all your libraries to a better GB/$ HDD for storage.

The problem is that some applications like to store media in their own directories.
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12 Jul 2009   #1169
Muad Dib

XP Pro & Vista Home Premium (x86); Windows Ultimate 7600 x64 Retail
 
 

Well having been through the thread from start to here it would appear that single mechanical drives, of good to very good performance ratings, top out at about a WEI of 5.7-5.9. Cross-referencing this thread with the Show Us Your Hard Drive thread:

http://www.sevenforums.com/performan...rformance.html

that is about 80-100MB/s HD Tune results.

Hmmm.... wonder if SSDs will drop in price dramatically for the Black Friday sales?
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12 Jul 2009   #1170
ikilledkenny

Windows 7 Professional, Windows Longhorn 4074
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Muad Dib View Post
Well having been through the thread from start to here it would appear that single mechanical drives, of good to very good performance ratings, top out at about a WEI of 5.7-5.9. Cross-referencing this thread with the Show Us Your Hard Drive thread:

http://www.sevenforums.com/performan...rformance.html

that is about 80-100MB/s HD Tune results.

Hmmm.... wonder if SSDs will drop in price dramatically for the Black Friday sales?
Or laptops will be thrown around at Wal-Mart like during christmas.
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