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nope, the more the marrier
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Must Have More Space!!!!!!
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post #23 of 33
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Originally Posted by OCZedd View Post
Even in Vista?
Vista still uses NTFS.

http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs_vs_fat.htm
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post #24 of 33
The minimum amount of space you'd want for general use (programs, temporary files, paging file, etc) with xp or vista is like 100 gigs. Then figure out how much space you'd actually use and add that to the amount . Now, you want to make sure you leave at least 25% of your boot drive unused for performance reasons (and future usage), so divide what you get by 0.75 and you'll have the minimum amount of space you need. Then try and guess how much extra you want (the more extra space you get the more time you get before having to upgrade), and add that all up, and you end up with the amount of storage to get.

Like with me, I have about 700 gigs of movies/music/downloads and about 500 gigs for my programs (I have tons of games), and I know I will always need about 200 gigs as a temporary area to store downloads before I move them over to storage. Right now i have 1TB on my main volume and 750gigs (FULL ) for my storage. But as soon as the velociraptors come out I'll be at about 1TB for the main volume and 1.5TB for storage.

So yeah, its really up to you.
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post #25 of 33
My vote--if your mobo has an okay on-board RAID controller is RAID0 two 500GB drives (of your choosing), and have a second 1TB drive as an external drive for your backups. I'm always wary of the redundancy aspect of RAID because on one of our work computers, which was RAID5, we took a power surge to our main server computer (4x100GB drives), and the errors on the primary RAID1 array were mirrored to the backup array--which is stupid 'cause all of the data was lost. I feel that RAID 1 or RAID 5 are fine if you're worried about a HD hardware failure (like if it spontaneously stops working one day), but nothing beats an external/removable device if you're truly concerned with backing up data...
    
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Originally Posted by guyladouche View Post
I feel that RAID 1 or RAID 5 are fine if you're worried about a HD hardware failure (like if it spontaneously stops working one day), but nothing beats an external/removable device if you're truly concerned with backing up data...
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post #27 of 33
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My vote--if your mobo has an okay on-board RAID controller is RAID0 two 500GB drives (of your choosing), and have a second 1TB drive as an external drive for your backups. I'm always wary of the redundancy aspect of RAID because on one of our work computers, which was RAID5, we took a power surge to our main server computer (4x100GB drives), and the errors on the primary RAID1 array were mirrored to the backup array--which is stupid 'cause all of the data was lost. I feel that RAID 1 or RAID 5 are fine if you're worried about a HD hardware failure (like if it spontaneously stops working one day), but nothing beats an external/removable device if you're truly concerned with backing up data...
but how often do you run backups? every week? How much data do you want to loose because you are not diligent with backups.
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but nothing beats an external/removable device if you're truly concerned with backing up data...
Enterpise level remote backup beats external/removable devices.

Your house can be robbed or burnt down. Data centers have high level RAID and off site back ups.
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but how often do you run backups? every week? How much data do you want to loose because you are not diligent with backups.
But the point is a RAID array is not more reliable in making sure you don't suffer from data loss because it is also susceptible to hardware failure/corruptions. I feel much better (perhaps purely psychological?) manually backing up any important data to my external drive (or burning the REALLY important stuff to DVD). And if data is important enough, the user is typically diligent enough to back up their data. If they're not backing up their data "often," then (a) it's not important data, or (b) they haven't suffered the devastating loss of data yet...

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Enterpise level remote backup beats external/removable devices.

Your house can be robbed or burnt down. Data centers have high level RAID and off site back ups.
Says you with your measly 18k posts and 2k reps... Nah, just kidding. This is very true--probably the most secure way of backing up data. But us po folk on DSL (me) don't want to upload gigabytes upon gigabytes of data at the uber-fast upload speed of 75KB/s, LOL.

EDIT--but I guess any digital information could be lost despite how secure the backup method might seem...
    
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Oh, I forgot to add.... there's a 1.8TB partition limit. The largest primary parition in Windows is 1.8TB.
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Vista still uses NTFS.

http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs_vs_fat.htm
Ext3 <3
LVM <3

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