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How much storage do you use? how much storage do I need?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

So ye, I like playing Modern triple A titles (e.g Red Dead Redemption 2, Far cry 5) And currently I have 1.5 TB storage (only 200 GBs free) and I am planning on selling my rusty old HDDs (After I make a backup off course) and buy new HDDs... My question is... how much Storage do I really need? I am planning on buying one 16 TB HDD...

I am posting this because I don't know how much will I really need, I don't want to waste money and at the same time I want storage for the new games I am going to download... Can you please help me with your opinion?

 

Also, if you have games on your PC, can you please tell me how much storage it is taking?

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Just now, Tom_nerd said:

I don't think that you will need 16TB of storage, I think 4 TB will be enough, and 6TB if you feel like that is not enough

Ok thanks, also, how much GBs/TBs of games do you have on your PC? I have almost 1.1 TBs of games...

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How much storage do use? My PC has a 1TB hard drive.

How much storage do you need? 500 GB at a bare minimum, but you should probably spring for a comfortable 1 TB of space.


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11 minutes ago, InfinityVive said:

I am planning on buying one 16 TB HDD

That hard drive will cost more than your whole pc setup, that's kinda an odd thing to buy.

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Just now, silicon_lottery said:

How much storage do use? My PC has a 1TB hard drive.

How much storage do you need? 500 GB at a bare minimum, but you should probably spring for a comfortable 1 TB of space.

I already have that, what I meant is how much do I need for my triple-A titles... not just classic stuff...

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Just now, noxdeouroboros said:

That hard drives will cost more than your whole pc setup, that's kinda an thing to buy.

Nope, I found a deal on a used one (3 months workstation use) for 230$, And my PC costed me 450$...

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1 minute ago, InfinityVive said:

a deal on a used one (3 months workstation use)

Don't buy that. Do you 100% trust the seller? Then and only then that would be a smart buy.

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I have 32TB (2x16 in RAID0) + 2TB SSD.

Games go on the SSD for obvious reasons. If there isn't enough space I uninstall them, no point having 1TB of games I can always redownload, and I don't play that many games "at the same time", I concentrate on one or 2 then move on to others.


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The thought of having to move files from a failing 16TB HDD is terrifying.  


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Like with any storage device if you want one you buy 3 so you have 2 backups.


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24 minutes ago, InfinityVive said:

Ok thanks, also, how much GBs/TBs of games do you have on your PC? I have almost 1.1 TBs of games...

1.1 TB of games? Why not delete the ones you don't play?

 

I only run a 1 TB ssd in my system. AAA titles these days seem to be from 35gb to 150gb.


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I think it's wonderful that so many of us can delete the games we don't play knowing we can easily download them again, but keep in mind that not everyone has great or even good internet.  


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Why sell your old drives? Just add more and spend less. Pickup a 3tb drive for games and call it a day.


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26 minutes ago, Den-Fi said:

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A lot.

You sure that's enough? I've got an old 10gb Seagate HDD from the 90's if you need a little extra.


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1 hour ago, noxdeouroboros said:

Don't buy that. Do you 100% trust the seller? Then and only then that would be a smart buy.

I trust the seller...

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1 hour ago, nick name said:

I think it's wonderful that so many of us can delete the games we don't play knowing we can easily download them again, but keep in mind that not everyone has great or even good internet.  

Downloading them again is not easy for me... As in Egypt there is an internet Fair Usage monthly limit (monthly plan) at 120 GBs... If I use the whole 120 GBs my internet speed will go down to 20 KBPS until the monthly plan renewal...

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2 minutes ago, InfinityVive said:

I trust the seller...

A friend of yours then? Again, buying a hard drive for around half of your pc setup's worth is odd at best, especially considering the use case.

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4 hours ago, InfinityVive said:

So ye, I like playing Modern triple A titles (e.g Red Dead Redemption 2, Far cry 5) And currently I have 1.5 TB storage (only 200 GBs free) and I am planning on selling my rusty old HDDs (After I make a backup off course) and buy new HDDs... My question is... how much Storage do I really need? I am planning on buying one 16 TB HDD...

I am posting this because I don't know how much will I really need, I don't want to waste money and at the same time I want storage for the new games I am going to download... Can you please help me with your opinion?

 

Also, if you have games on your PC, can you please tell me how much storage it is taking?

Everyone has different needs for data storage and places different values on what they store for various reasons. You asked how much storage we use so I'll tell you mine in a bit.

 

Only you can determine what your storage needs are or will be. Other people's needs and practices are not always what yours should be. Right now, you are pretty much maxed out storagewise. I suggest that you estimate how much room you will need for the next four or five years (the average life of an HDD), based on how much your needs have grown over the past five years, then add a small cushion just in case. Keep in mind that you need to keep 10-15% free space for defrag, etc. to work (you are at around 10% free space already).

 

From there, decide if you want a new, larger drive to hold all your data or to just add a second drive to put new data on. There is no good reason why you can't have multiple, smaller data drives installed instead of one humongous drive. A second drive would cost less than a new, larger drive.

 

Kilrah gave you excellent advice regarding buying three drives so you can have two drives for backups. For data to be reasonably safe, it must exist in at least three, different places. For most people, that is on the computer, on a separate, onsite, external drive, and on a separate, offiste external drive. You should have two backup drives for every drive in your computer. For a drive to be a backup drive, it must be kept disconnected from the computer, powered down, and stored out of sight of the computer at all times except while updating the backup.

 

Now for what I have. I have a lot of data, most of which is valuable to me and much of that is irreplaceable at any cost so I'm extra paranoid about my data.

 

I have five 4TB SSDs data drives for my desktop computer. Because SSDs require more free space (in addition to overprovisioning) than HDDs, this adds up to 14TB of usable storage space (I still have a lot of room for expansion). Each data drive has a set of four backup drives--two of each set is kept onsite and the other two are kept offsite--for a total of twenty 4TB backup drives. I swap out the onsite drives with the offsite drives no less than once a month to keep the offsite drives as up to date as possible. The backups are just copies of the data and I use a foilder/file syncing program to keep the backups up to date.

 

The notebook I'm currently using has a 4TB SSD inside of it. I keep two backup drives for it, which are clones of the drive inside the notebook. The data in the notebook is the same as the data on one of my desktop drives so I just sync between the two to keep both up to date. I also update just the data on the notebook to the data partition on the notebook backup drives. I use clones, normally not the best kind of backup, so, if the drive in the notebook should die while I'm on the road, I can just swap in one of the clones and be up and running again in minutes. I don't bother with offsite backups for the notebook since the data is thes same as what is on the desktop computer and that gets backed up to the teeth.

 

Normally, I do not recommend using SSDs for data drives and backups but, in my case, the weight of the HDDs were killing my back and shoulders when I shlepped them to and from my credit union where I keep my offsite backups plus I was running out of room for backup drives (this was way back when I had only three, smaller data drives). The SSDs were horribly expensive but my back and shoulders (and the rest of my old carcass) have been greatly appreciative of the reduction in weight.


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1 minute ago, Lady Fitzgerald said:

Everyone has different needs for data storage and places different values on what they store for various reasons. You asked how much storage we use so I'll tell you mine in a bit.

 

Only you can determine what your storage needs are or will be. Other people's needs and practices are not always what yours should be. Right now, you are pretty much maxed out storagewise. I suggest that you estimate how much room you will need for the next four or five years (the average life of an HDD), based on how much your needs have grown over the past five years, then add a small cushion just in case. Keep in mind that you need to keep 10-15% free space for defrag, etc. to work (you are at around 10% free space already).

 

From there, decide if you want a new, larger drive to hold all your data or to just add a second drive to put new data on. There is no good reason why you can't have multiple, smaller data drives installed instead of one humongous drive. A second drive would cost less than a new, larger drive.

 

Kilrah gave you excellent advice regarding buying three drives so you can have two drives for backups. For data to be reasonably safe, it must exist in at least three, different places. For most people, that is on the computer, on a separate, onsite, external drive, and on a separate, offiste external drive. You should have two backup drives for every drive in your computer. For a drive to be a backup drive, it must be kept disconnected from the computer, powered down, and stored out of sight of the computer at all times except while updating the backup.

 

Now for what I have. I have a lot of data, most of which is valuable to me and much of that is irreplaceable at any cost so I'm extra paranoid about my data.

 

I have five 4TB SSDs data drives for my desktop computer. Because SSDs require more free space (in addition to overprovisioning) than HDDs, this adds up to 14TB of usable storage space (I still have a lot of room for expansion). Each data drive has a set of four backup drives--two of each set is kept onsite and the other two are kept offsite--for a total of twenty 4TB backup drives. I swap out the onsite drives with the offsite drives no less than once a month to keep the offsite drives as up to date as possible. The backups are just copies of the data and I use a foilder/file syncing program to keep the backups up to date.

 

The notebook I'm currently using has a 4TB SSD inside of it. I keep two backup drives for it, which are clones of the drive inside the notebook. The data in the notebook is the same as the data on one of my desktop drives so I just sync between the two to keep both up to date. I also up date just the data on the notebook to the data partition on the notebook backup drives. I use clones, normally not kind of backup, so, if the drive in the notebook should die while I'm on the road, I can just swap in one of the clones and be up and running again in minutes. I don't bother with offsite backups for the notebook since the data is thes same as what is on the desktop computer and that gets backed up to the teeth.

 

Normally, I do not recommend using SSDs for data drives and backups but, in my case, the weight of the HDDs were killing my back and shoulders when I shlepped them to and from my credit union where I keep my offsite backups plus I was running out of room for backup drives (this was way back when I had only three, smaller data drives). The SSDs were horribly expensive but my back and shoulders (and the rest of my old carcass) have been greatly appreciative of the reduction in weight.

This is a bit... way too long to read? but thanks for your reply, I will read it later when I have time...

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1 minute ago, InfinityVive said:

This is a bit... way too long to read? but thanks for your reply, I will read it later when I have time...

You would have rathered I gave a half assed response?


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One has to be proactive, not reactive, to ensure the safety of one's data so backup your data! And RAID is NOT a backup!

 

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1 minute ago, Lady Fitzgerald said:

You would have rathered I gave a half assed response?

What does "half assed" even mean? I am currently reading your reply btw...

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