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So I have 6 SATA spaces used like so:

SATA 1-4 in RAID mode

1 - empty
2 - dvd drive
3 - 2 TB HDD in RAID 1
4 - 2 TB HDD in RAID 1

SATA 5-6 in IDE mode

5 - dvd drive
6 - 64 GB SSD with my OS

So SATA 1 is open, and it must be set to RAID. I have a 500 GB HDD I can use immediately. Or I can wait and get either a bigger HDD or another SSD once one goes on sale.

Does anyone see any potentially good use for this last space? Or should I just stick another hard drive in there eventually and use it if I ever run out of my 2 TBs of space (btw I have a 500GB external HDD I use to keep most of my potentially unsecure and media files. Or should I just put the 500 GB I already have in there and use it for playing around with other UNIX OS's (which I like to do).

Mainly I am wondering if someone sees a potentially good way to utilize this extra space that I am not aware of so please suggest anything you might have.
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I would just put in the other 500gb. 2.5tb is a ton of space, you shouldn't need more. And UNIX OS's are FUNNNN
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i would put in the biggest hard drive you can afford you will eventually fill it up... heck 3 years ago a "terabyte" was a massive amount of space now it just normal....

I keep running out of space and try to buy the biggest drive i can reasonably afford 2tb atm since that is the sweet spot....
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i would put in the biggest hard drive you can afford you will eventually fill it up... heck 3 years ago a "terabyte" was a massive amount of space now it just normal....

I keep running out of space and try to buy the biggest drive i can reasonably afford 2tb atm since that is the sweet spot....
Stop junk collecting and you won't have that problem.

And people still use CD/DVD/BR drives in PC's!?
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And people still use CD/DVD/BR drives in PC's!?
Care to explain please? I do not understand this statement, why would one not have a drive in a pc? I mean I know there are other ways to install Windows but is that not pretty standard for 99% of pc users? Or am I misunderstanding your statement?
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Stop junk collecting and you won't have that problem.

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I don't its my ever expanding photos and movies....
I started archiving my dvd's from my shelf onto my pc as a way to stream through the house....

Having these in good quality and redundancy takes up major space just ask anyone who has done this with their movie collection....
with 2tb around 80bucks give or take its worth it i just never regretted having a bigger hard drive than i immediately needed...
but everybody situation is different..
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Care to explain please? I do not understand this statement, why would one not have a drive in a pc? I mean I know there are other ways to install Windows but is that not pretty standard for 99% of pc users? Or am I misunderstanding your statement?
It is starting to make less and less sense to have internal optical drives in every PC. Pretty much everything is accessed via the network/internet and you can easily install OSes from USB flash drives. I think many people have one external optical drive to go around for all PCs for last resort. I do this too.
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well having a BD drive is worth it, I can backup to discs at 50GB at a time, as well as watch my bluray movies
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It is starting to make less and less sense to have internal optical drives in every PC. Pretty much everything is accessed via the network/internet and you can easily install OSes from USB flash drives. I think many people have one external optical drive to go around for all PCs for last resort. I do this too.
Where can you get a flash drive big enough to hold a W7 iso?
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i have a 16gb flash drive, a dvd9 can hold ~9GB
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