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I don't know what the future of HDD may hold so I don't know if you should wait or not.

But like you, I have a 1.5TB external HDD where I put all my movies, tv shows and games and I only have 300GB left. I never thought I'd actually be able to fill it up. So I bought another external 4GB HDD for 140. Now I'm losing desk space and have a bunch of cables underneath. Maybe I should have gotten an internal one. @.@

You should always buy an internal drive, and if you want it external just buy a case, best of both worlds.

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This basically. That's a lot of data to lose in case of a single drive failure. If you do buy 4TB, I'd strongly suggest getting 2 of them so you can mirror/backup.

If funds are a concern, I'd most likely just get a couple of 2TB drives, one to supplement your existing storage and another to use for parity.

+1 , I´ve seen grown men cry losing all their porn data.
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+1 , I´ve seen grown men cry losing all their porn data.

I made one cry. Told him he lost all of his data and that we couldn't recover anything and to have a great day. Then I started helping the next person as he started to tear up and cry. Didn't even notice it myself, coworker told me about his crying as we went to lunch.

EDIT: In my defense, we had a line of about 25 people to get through tongue.gif
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I'd suggest you start evaluating what you have stored. If I haven't even opened a folder of a show in years...I delete the thing. Well, I am actually more rigorous than that. If I haven't used a file in about six months and it isn't an install file or program .iso...or photo or something like that...I will delete it. I guess I don't agree with the idea of spending a large amount of money to store data that you never access...at least for things like TV shows and such.
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I've been using four of the Seagate 1TB platter 4TB drives for sometime now. I use them as 1 to 1 backup for my RAID6 array.
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I'd suggest you start evaluating what you have stored. If I haven't even opened a folder of a show in years...I delete the thing. Well, I am actually more rigorous than that. If I haven't used a file in about six months and it isn't an install file or program .iso...or photo or something like that...I will delete it. I guess I don't agree with the idea of spending a large amount of money to store data that you never access...at least for things like TV shows and such.

Its a double edged sword imo though. While I am all for keeping clutter to a minimum on my drives, I also like have options available to me so I create a thorough filing system that keeps everything orderly. That way if I decide I want to watch it in a year, I've got it and its easily found. So on that note I would go into the drive and do something like the following (assuming its mixed media) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
TV Shows
- Family Guy
- Season 1
- Season 2 AVI
-Season 2 MKV
- Blood+
- NCIS

Movies
- MKV
- Iron Man
- The Usual Suspects
- AVI
- Fools Gold
Music
- Metallica
- Black album
- Reload

Pictures
This is much harder to show since its always different for different people. But basic categorization of the pictures is all thats required.
That much pretty gets the point across. Categorize everything and if there is stuff when youre done that you know you dont want, delete it. But its always easiest to clean up the drive once its organized.
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I made one cry. Told him he lost all of his data and that we couldn't recover anything and to have a great day. Then I started helping the next person as he started to tear up and cry. Didn't even notice it myself, coworker told me about his crying as we went to lunch.

EDIT: In my defense, we had a line of about 25 people to get through tongue.gif
I'm sure it was only all of his family memories; kids births, wedding, etc. No need for you to care when there are 25 people in line and all....
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I made one cry. Told him he lost all of his data and that we couldn't recover anything and to have a great day. Then I started helping the next person as he started to tear up and cry. Didn't even notice it myself, coworker told me about his crying as we went to lunch.

EDIT: In my defense, we had a line of about 25 people to get through tongue.gif
I'm sure it was only all of his family memories; kids births, wedding, etc. No need for you to care when there are 25 people in line and all....


This is why I hate tech support ppl. I even hated myself when I was a 20 something gen x'er and in tech support lol.
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I currently own a 256GB SSD, a 126GB Raptor X, an old 500GB HDD and a 2TB HDD.

My 2TB is where I dump all my TV shows and Movies. The issue is, the 2TB is starting to get full often and rather than spend time managing it, I figure I throw in another 4TB. Right now, one can be had for $170-180! Given a 2TB is 50% of that price... and that 2TB has been sitting at roughly the same pricepoint the last two years, it seems no reason to expect any sudden price drops.

I am kind of looking for a confirmation or refutation of that notion. Any reason I shouldn't just buck up and clean my 2TB more often, and not get the 4TB, and hold off to purchase a HDD in another year or two? A bit of a loaded question, I know!
Obviously, you'll need to implement some sort of RAID or backup or both. Once you determine how you want to maintain the integrity of your information (it's value to you), you can determine what type of hardware should support it. Also, do you have access to a RAID controller on your MB currently? If so, buy the 2TB disks; 3 of them and RAID 5 them. If not, buy a big disk and try to use your 2TB to backup or keep a copy of the most important data.

In the end, there's no such thing as too much storage.
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Its a double edged sword imo though. While I am all for keeping clutter to a minimum on my drives, I also like have options available to me so I create a thorough filing system that keeps everything orderly. That way if I decide I want to watch it in a year, I've got it and its easily found. So on that note I would go into the drive and do something like the following (assuming its mixed media) Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
TV Shows
- Family Guy
- Season 1
- Season 2 AVI
-Season 2 MKV
- Blood+
- NCIS

Movies
- MKV
- Iron Man
- The Usual Suspects
- AVI
- Fools Gold
Music
- Metallica
- Black album
- Reload

Pictures
This is much harder to show since its always different for different people. But basic categorization of the pictures is all thats required.
That much pretty gets the point across. Categorize everything and if there is stuff when youre done that you know you dont want, delete it. But its always easiest to clean up the drive once its organized.

Just depends on far you want to go back...plus I have netflix. So if I ever want something back again I will just add it to the by mail queue...assuming it isn't on the insta watch (seldom anything is...as soon as the kids aren't watching my little pony and such any more the streaming side of netflix is gone). However, if you have two years worth sitting around that is still a lot of options to watch. I mean in the end it isn't a big deal...heh, I certainly won't think less of you for deciding to keep your data...unless you feel like you don't want it but are paying a lot of money to keep it pack rat or hoarder style. Then I'd say you have a problem.

Have you entertained the idea of maybe zipping or raring the old stuff that you don't access? Might save you a good deal of space and let you still have it around. I used to do that until I saw stuff on the file usage report one day that said I haven't accessed stuff in over four years and said...OK, that has got to go.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 5/15/13 at 11:04am
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If you have lots of duplicate files but don't have time to delete them. I have created an app to just delete duplicates.
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