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NHL Feb 26, 2004 3:42 PM

Hard-Drive Obsession
Do you keep too many pictures?

gibsonpd3620 Feb 26, 2004 4:09 PM


Interesting article. My first mass storage device was a hard card that was 10mb. After a year I traded up to a 20MB IDE hard drive. Now I have a 40GB and 80 GB.

bradg Feb 26, 2004 4:11 PM


Eventually, we'll need to set aside a continent -- say Australia -- simply for hard-drive storage.
now that is the best idea i've heard in a long time

i've got two count em two 160 gb hard drives in my pc (got them on sale, like $80 each)

i've had them for about 2 years and the first is about 3/4 the way full
i havent even tried to use the second, i hope it works :roll:

i guess we dont need winzip any more

PeterP Feb 26, 2004 4:13 PM

Me too, I think my first was a 10mg on a blazing fast IBM XT with 640k of memory and 2 51/4 floppies.
Then I moved up to a 500mg drive on an Atari ST with 1meg ram.

Them were the days :)

No, but now I RAID everything so multiple drives are needed to do it once.

guess we dont need winzip any more

bradg Feb 26, 2004 4:17 PM

oh, i almost forgot, i've also got a cd burner and a whole stack of cds :lol:

photosbyvito Feb 26, 2004 4:50 PM

lol i have a 20 gb now (woot big number ;) )
and my last pc was a 3gb lol

voxmagna Feb 26, 2004 5:53 PM

This article makes the point that we are stuffing our hard drives with more and more 'stuff' but what it doesn't highlight is how good or bad we are at having logical file structures to find the right 'stuff' when we want it.

Without a proper catalogue and indexing, tested and proven, the 'stuff' we've saved might as well not be there! So with all the 'stuff' you've got saved on that BIG hard drive, can you always find what you want quickly, error free and how often do you think you access the stuff and use it?

I still think hard drives should be used as short term storage and archival 'stuff' should be burned as CD/DvD - or even stored on mag. tape. VOX

bcoultry Feb 26, 2004 6:26 PM


archival 'stuff' should be burned as CD/DvD
I tried that route for my photos, and for me, it didn't work well at all. Using Adobe Photoshop Album, I saved just the thumbnails on my hard drive, but when I wanted to work with a number of photos in a single session, often as not, those photos were each on separate CD's. I gave up and got a second hard drive for nothing but photos. It's a SCSI drive, which means, of course, that I can always daisy-chain on another drive...and another...and another...until my computer commits suicide. (But I still archive everything to CD. I've been through too many of these suicides to NOT do backups.)

Mr_Saginaw Feb 26, 2004 7:02 PM

Well, Barb...

You can only put either 7 drives or 15 drives on a SCSI chain, depending if you are using Wide or Narrow controllers... :wink:

What you really need is Fibre Channel... yeah... You can get 126 devices on a FC-AL loop... yeah.. yeah... or maybe Full Switched Fabric... with 16 million devices... now we're talking!! :wink:

Can you guess what I do for a living? :wink:

I manage about 25 TB of storage.... :)

bcoultry Feb 26, 2004 7:14 PM


I manage about 25 TB of storage....
:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
(You've just done something exceedingly rare: made me speechless.) (Well, almost anyway.)

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