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How many hard drives do you use?

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November 26, 2010 11:51:17 PM

How many hard drives do you have and what do you use them for?

Building a new system and thinking on hard drive usage. In the past I've used secondary drives for data storage only and my primary for o/s programs and data.

Would appreciate knowing how many other people have, what they use them for and the logic behind their setup.


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a b G Storage
November 27, 2010 5:24:15 PM

In my current machine, I have 4 hard drives. My primary for programs and W7 is a 300GB V. Raptor, 2 are for data, and 1 is a shared network drive for the rest in the house. In your case, it would be a great idea to have one as a primary drive (perhaps a SSD) and then a big 1-3TB drive for data or a couple if you don't want to spend a whole lot on one drive.
a c 415 G Storage
November 27, 2010 7:16:47 PM

I have the OS on a 160GB SSD.
My frequently-changed data files are on a 500GB 7200 RPM drive
Bulk storage that rarely changes (photos, music, etc.) are on a 1TB "Green" drive.

Splitting my data files into frequent and infrequent categories keeps my backup sizes down. It doesn't really matter whether you do it via folders or drives, although using two drives lets me do some performance optimizations such as making it faster to restore live versions of virtual machines from their template files stored on another drive.

I also have several external drives which are used for onsite/offsite backup rotations and for archival files.
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November 28, 2010 12:02:09 AM

Thanks, think I have decided to start with 2 drives.

1. O/S drive + Major Progs - 64GB Crucial RealSSD C300, MLC-Flash, SATA3 6Gbps
2. Data drive + Minor Progs & Games - Western Digital WD1002FAEX Caviar Black 1 TB 7200 RPM

Major progs are MS Office & Adobe Suite only so hopefully 64gb will suffice.

Existing external 750gb & 250gb for backup and crap until I get a mirror

I'm at the very edge of my budget now and still need an optical drive (though they are cheap) so can't aford a third HDD, though I will probably duplicate the 1TB data drive to mirror the first at some point.
a b G Storage
November 28, 2010 1:21:16 AM

I have 2 drives, one SSD for OS/Apps and the other is an HDD for data/storage.
a b G Storage
November 28, 2010 4:35:38 AM

Right now, I have 5:

1) Intel 80GB SSD (X25-M G2) for OS
2) 2x WD 300GB Velociraptors in RAID 0 (apps/programs)
3) WD 1TB Caviar Black (Generic storage)
4) Seagate 2TB Barracuda XT (Generic storage/backups)
November 28, 2010 2:12:26 PM

Same as above:

1) 80GB for OS
2) 500GB for programs and some files
3) 1TB for pictures
4) 1TB for family videos

All of them are WD Caviar Green except for the 80GB which is an older drive I "rescued" from an older computer.

You can now get a 3 TB WD Caviar Green not sure if I can afford this drive to fail. Would only use it for backups.

a b G Storage
November 28, 2010 3:10:08 PM

Multiple computers, multiple hard drives for each. Generally, I have a medium sized WD Black for OS and 2 large (1 TB - 2 TB) WD Greens for storage:

Gaming and multimedia: 640 GB WD Black and two 1 TB Greens.
Torrent box: 500 GB WD Black, one 1 TB WD Green and one 2 TB Green.
GP system: 320 GB Black and 500 GB Black.

570 GB, 1.5 TB, and 2 TB USB externals for backups and moving video to my WD TV Live.

a b G Storage
November 29, 2010 2:10:08 AM

I use 4 hard drives.

HDD #1 - 250GB - Partitioned for the OS and games/programs.
HDD #2 - 1TB - Storage
HDD #3 - 1TB - Storage
HDD #4 - 320GB - Ripping and downloading. Encoded music / video is then stored on either HDD #3 or #4.