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Q: How much storage is in use on your primary PC?

  • 22%
    Up to 250GB

  • 21%
    250GB - 500GB

  • 13%
    500GB - 750GB

  • 12%
    750GB - 1TB

  • 33%
    More than 1TB


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PC Advisor

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How much storage is in use on your primary PC?

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Poll: How much storage is in use on your primary PC?

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Joseph Kerr

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The question is very clear indeed to those who bother to read it.

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inicholson

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I think it's a pretty good survey, but many people may have misunderstood. Not "how big is your hard-drive?" or "how much free space do you have", but how much storage are you actually using on your main PC. The outcome of the survey might be of use to PC manufacturers when they see hiow much (or how little) hard rive space consumers actually use. HDD size is used as a marketing tool but 2/3 of PC owners need less than 1TB.

All my files are stored on a NAS so it made me realise that a larger hard-drive is not a useful feature to me. Next time I'm buying a new PC I'll look at hard drive speed rather than size, alternatively I'll happily miss out on a larger drive in order to get a better processor or more memory.

I also had some difficulty identifying my "main" PC. I have a desktop PC in my kitchen but use it a lot less than my laptop - it's really there for the wife n kids to use.

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trumph

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I read the Poll question as how much storage was on my primary PC NOT what is the total size including all external drives. So, as some others have opted to brag about all their extra drives it makes the poll results useless.

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Osiris_set

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Got 7.25 TB storage over 6 disks (2x2tb,3x1tb,250gb Sdd) installed in system. Plus 1tb Nas Drive and 4TB Raid Nas drive for home media. 3 other External drives of 1TB each. About 3.5 Tb in use on system and 4tb Nas near full of my dvd collection and photo's and my movies. Video editing takes up huge amounts of storage. As do games and my photo's and music.

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inicholson

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85Gb free of 229GB on my elderly WinXP desktop - but all my music, photos & docs are on my 1TB NAS. I think my new laptop has a bigger HDD, but tbh didn't pay much attention to that when I bought it because of the NAS.

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HondaMan

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OK, so I'm greedy. Total "fixed" i.e.drives IN the chassis 5.46 TB and in use, 1.39TB. I have literally thousands of photographs and it is growing daily.

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WhiteTruckMan

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Whenever I think about this (rarely) I tend to get embarrassed with myself. I pretty much don't delete anything. In fact I'm a bit of a data pack rat. Usually, whenever I reinstall windows, its onto a bigger drive. The problem is, I create a folder which I copy the entire old drive into before formatting and passing it on. This means I have copies of windows in sucessive folders going back farther than I care to think about.

WTM

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Diemmess

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23Gb in use on drive C: 7Gb available.

I struggle to keep C: with OS and all major programs small. This allows a rapid Acronis backup - very reassuring

Total capacity of the fitted HD is 350Gb this and external HDs allow remote storage of all important data.

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Batch

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FE - I agree entirely, I can just about fit all of my data (i.e. excluding OS & pgms) on a 16GB pen drive (which means is is a doodle for me to keep backups off site or take with me on vacation).

FruitBat - believe I may have the better claim to b/u paranoia. 1 x HDD in caddy by PC. 1 x HDD in caddy in fire-resistant box in cupboard. 1 x 16GB pen drive (see above) off site (with all pertinent data encrypted). 1 x 16GB pen drive (with all pertinent data encrypted) ready for me to take off site in the case of disaster occurring whilst I'm at home (it is the number one posession for evacuation in my fire plan). Also a chunk of the stuff is also on my laptop and netbook. Just in case anyone is wondering, I don't update them all all the time. Some of it only gets updated around every 3 months or so, but they do have stuff going back over 20 years.

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OTT_B

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The vast majority of my storage is taken by films - it works as part of the house media network, supplying about 1.5tb of the total 3.5tb of films available on the network. The remainder is, for the better part, photos.

The operating system and programmes only occupy 130Gb, but that could probably be cut down to 100Gb if I actually bothered to do a clear out!

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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As I now wok for myself most of my data is work related technical documents /training documents and presentations.

Opsystem (xp) + programs about 20GB, photos, music and a few videos take the personal stuff up to approx 170GB

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Forum Editor

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The thing that intrigues me

is how much stuff some people store on their computers. Not so long ago a couple of gigabytes of file storage capacity was thought of as huge, but now we regularly hear talk of terrabytes of file storage.

What is all that data? I can understand a business requiring plenty of file storage, but a home computer?

It's none of my business of course, I'm just curious. In all my years of working with computers I have never seen a single home machine with so much stuff stored on it.

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OTT_B

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3Tb of capacity on my main PC, of which about 2.5tb is in use.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Just over half a TB spread over 4 disks and 6 partitions.

2x 160GB drives 1x 500GB drive 1x 1TB drive (external) its probably the back ups that take up the most space.

The 2 160GB drives are backed up to the external drive weekly and multiple backups are kept so if one fails I can go back to the previous week important files are backed up to the 500G dive as I go along and then delete after the 2nd backup to the external drive.

Am I being paranoid???

I don't think so as I've seen too many people loose important stuff because they failed to have any sort of backup regime.

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interzone55

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badgery

The 1.5tb is almost full - my digital camera produces 10mb images, and when I go to the stock car races I may take 2-300 photographs, that's 3gb of space used in an afternoon. I also have movies and audiobooks I've downloaded, plus the last 20 years of accumulated documents and college work from various PCs.

The storage is made up of 500gb drive in the laptop, separated into 120gb & 380gb partitions, and 1tb USB drive.

If we want to be really pedantic, I also have direct access to the 500gb hard drive being used for my CCTV, that drive is always full, as each hour sufficient footage is deleted to make way for the new hour. So that makes 2tb...

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john bunyan

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Main drive 500 gig, partitioned 100 for programmes - 65 gig in use. 400 for data - 70 gig in use mainly for music and still photos. Other removable drives as back up as above. I would be very interested to know for what those who need a terrabyte or more use the storage - I assume video?

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badgery

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alan14 *' I've got 1.5tb on my main computer at home,'*

That's one hell of a lot of "storage in use" on your primary pc (as opposed to storage available?).

Obviously, size is important!!

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Quickbeam

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Only 25% in use since I put an extra 500gb hd drive in a few weeks ago. The previous single hd drive was 90% full.

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Chegs ®™

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I have 1x500Gb,2x250GB,1x160GB,and several assorted drives from 80-160GB for the caddy.All drives get used frequently & some are full,others empty.

I just quickly guesstimated the total used space on 2Tb of drives to be about 1.5Tb(but this will drop later this week when I complete the burning of a few DVD's & delete the files)

PCA haven't been asked by a PC manufacturer to find out the needs of PC users,so they can cease offering ever larger hard drives in their PC's?My 1st PC had an 15Gb drive,my 2nd had 2x 250Gbs & I've noticed PC manufacturers seem to be having a race to see who can offer the most storage recently. :)

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interzone55

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I've got 1.5tb on my main computer at home, but I've just configured a system for a customer with 400tb, which will grow to 1.5pb (1,500tb) next year.

It's for the CCTV for a large banking group, all the cameras for their western europe offices recording in one place

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trebor03

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Current laptop 75% used of 2 x 500Mb / Main PC 70% used of 7.75 TB with 3 TB of external storage.

I have a 3TB drive which has the image files of laptops & PCs I have & have supplied to people so I can quickly restore then when required.

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canarieslover

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Out of 2.5TB internal I only have 900GB free and at the rate I'm going I shall have to invest in a bigger external drive for my backups very soon.

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Condom

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My main PC has 4 X 1T drives and I also have 2X 1T USB Drives which I use for travelling with. I have approximately 2.5 - 3 TB in use with my music collection and it is continually growing. Otherwise there is not much junk on my PC.

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Joseph Kerr

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Surely it can only be sily if it does not work for those who are asking the question?

And the question is clear if you click the link in the first post.

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finerty

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have 500 split into two 250 for windows xp and 250 for linux mint, use more of mint than xp as xp has significantly slowed down, have to constantly run ccleaner and you tube isnt workings as good as i use to. Im sure some people will beg me to go and use windows 7 or windows 8 but i still dont like then.

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Joseph Kerr

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'bout 10 gig then ;)

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cycoze

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1.5TB, using approx 700GB of that.

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wiz-king

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50GB of 500GB

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Lortaybill_

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Silly survey and unclear what the question was.

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Aitchbee

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The 160 gb hard drive (on this laptop) has got bags of space on it as I am only using up about 1/15th of it's capacity.

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ams4127

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3TB spread over 4 disks.

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Batch

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romanby1 - see the Poll link in the initial item of this thread. It's a survey of how much of the storage you actually use - MY HDD is a 500GB drive (just because the old drive went belly up and 500GB drive was the cheapest), but I only use about 36GB (not 32GB as I said above, but not worth arguing about).

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proudfoot

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Not sure what the question is? I have 500GB internal HD with 4 partitions. C:/System and programs, D:/Driver Backup, E:/Backup of my external HD, F:/ Factory Image. All my data, video, music, etc is on my 1TB external HD.

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Joseph Kerr

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80 gig.

And wow, you really get significantly fewer gig than advertised!

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Batch

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Bit of a joke this survey - mine usage is about 32GB consisting of OS etc, PGMs, Data (music, photos, documents etc.)

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