How many hard drives do you use ?

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How many hard drives do you use?

  1. 1 (Internal)

    3 vote(s)
    4.3%
  2. 2

    10 vote(s)
    14.3%
  3. 3

    14 vote(s)
    20.0%
  4. 4 or more

    43 vote(s)
    61.4%
  1. Angelo95210 macrumors 6502a

    Angelo95210

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    #1
    Including internal and external hard drives, do you prefer to change for larger ones or do you keep multiple small ones ?

    PS: 4 is 4 or more...
     
  2. jmann macrumors 604

    jmann

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    #2
    My larger drive is my external. I only have two.
     
  3. slapguts macrumors 6502a

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    Three. The internal. a 320gb for movies/tv shows and Time Machine, and a separate 80gb that is just a backup of my iTunes library.

    I'm assuming iPhones and thumb drives don't count, right? ;)

    The ones I don't use, but have because I'm a packrat-

    A 40gb from an old Acer laptop in a firewire enclosure, an 80gb from my old G4 iMac. Has a bunch of files I have a feeling I'll want someday. I should probably buy an enclosure to get to them while I can.

    Oh, and an 80gb in a Sony Vaio that was Hackintoshed, and is now bricked. Should part it out and dump it on eBay.
     
  4. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

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  5. iBookG4user macrumors 604

    iBookG4user

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    I've got six external hard drives (One is not working currently, so I did not include it) and two internal hard drives spread across two computers.
     
  6. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

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    Four inside my mac pro:
    • Boot 1TB: partitioned to leopard and snow leopard
    • 500 gig (half of raid 1) for video scratch
    • 500 gig (other half of raid 1) for video scratch
    • 640 gig clone drive: nightly clone of snow leopard startup
    External drive for time machine.

    Home server:
    two 1tb (raid 1) drives for content
    1.5 tb TimeMachine drive
    1.5 tb Time Machine drive (the two TimeMachine drives are rotated offsite)
     
  7. splitpea macrumors 6502a

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    3. 160GB internal. 250GB on USB with photos, videos, and archived client data on it (I keep music and current client files on the internal so the external doesn't have to be running constantly). 500GB on Firewire partitioned into a) backup of internal drive, b) backup of external drive, c) Photoshop scratch.
     
  8. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Seven 3.5" FW and USB drives, four 2.5" USB drives.

    At work I got more than 30 HDDs. It's sometimes hard to keep track.
     
  10. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

    TuffLuffJimmy

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    I use four. One internal, one TB for time machine One for Aperture and Final Cut and one to backup the one for Aperture and Final Cut.
     
  11. Angelo95210 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Angelo95210

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    OMG! :eek:

    Me:
    #1. 320GB: Imac's internal
    #2. 320GB: External (Time Machine)
    #3. 500GB: External (divx & large files)
    #4. 500GB: External (backup of #3)
     
  12. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    #12
    A lot of people in here will have well over 4 drives. You should alter your survey.
     
  13. Angelo95210 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Angelo95210

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    I don't know how to do this... :confused:
     
  14. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    You need to ask a moderator to change it for you.
     
  15. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

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    or sometimes they just come across it accidentally ;)

    On topic: I have my little 120 GB internal drive, a 320 GB external (for movies and TV shows) and a 1 TB external for Time Machine and other stuff.
     
  16. Vader macrumors 65816

    Vader

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    #16
    I have 6 HDDs:
    160 GB internal (MacBook)
    320 GB external FW (General scratch disk, downloads, and TM backup)
    500 GB external FW (Backup disk image, Leopard install, HD Movies)
    500 GB external FW (Tiger boot, non-HD Movies)
    500 GB internal bare USB (TV shows)
    1.5 TB internal bare USB (Consolidation of HD Movies, Movies, and random funny clips/commercials)

    The 1.5 is redundant to the other two drives that have my movies, as it is new I don't trust it enough to use the other two drives for other things. All except the MacBook drive are 3.5" and the two bare drives are connected using a USB to SATA cable and dock.
     
  17. Nermal Moderator

    Nermal

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    I have two internals (750 GB for OS X and 500 GB for Windows), and a 750 GB FireWire for Time Machine.

    I also have a 250 GB FireWire but I use it so rarely that I only picked "3" in the poll. I'm also not counting the 120 GB one in my MBP.
     
  18. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    My desktop is a single 740gb internal drive, with a 320gb external for movies and such.

    My laptop is a 120gb internal, with a 40gb external for moving video files from computer to computer.

    Ideally, both external drives would be larger so I could use them for backup as well.
     
  19. juanm macrumors 65816

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    1x320 in my MBP.

    1x320 FW for backup.
    1x250 USB for ripped movies and series.

    2x120 (FW-RAID) as a mobile Aperture library. Still have them. Sitting empty now.
    2x250 (FW-RAID) as a mobile Aperture library.

    In a Voyager Dock:
    1x1TB as a main Aperture library
    2x500 as Aperture backups

    1x320 FW/USB (the Lacie with the nifty built-in USB cable) as a portable storage.
    1x80 USB Collecting dust.

    I'll reorganize everything soon in my hopefully soon-to-be Mac Pro.
     
  20. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I put three, but I must have been on crack: I use five, although one is currently not working.
     
  21. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Another question: What is the minimum number of drives to own if you intend to keep data backed of and safe "forever"?

    I'd argue the answer is "four"
    A widly accepted rule of thumb for data is that
    1) The data must always exist on three different physical media and
    2) The data must always exist in at least two different geographical locations
    "Always" means even durring a backup operation. So four is the smallest number. But many of us have more data than will fit on one drive so we'd need many more drives.

    Hardly anyone actually does this so I've many this prediction many times: "in 100 years there will be very, very few 100 year old photos."
     
  22. Techhie macrumors 65816

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    I currently have 3x 1 TB drives and a single 2 TB drive in the Mac Pro, but I'm planning on getting rid of some. It's setup like this

    2 1 TB drives in fake RAID 0 for storage
    2 TB drive used for backup
    1 TB drive used for system and user files
     
  23. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    17 total.

    8x SATA in a RAID 5 via ARC-1231ML (Windows OS & data)
    4x SAS in a RAID 5 via ARC-1680ix12 (applications)
    4x SATA for backups
    1x Velociraptor for OS X
     
  24. mscriv macrumors 601

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    I, like everyone else, have a primary internal drive in every computer you can see in my signature. Beyond that I have three externals and the MDD home server/storage is loaded up with four 1tb drives for various storage and backup options. I also have a portable 60gb drive from where I upgraded the stock drive in my iBook. So, lets see, if you include all the internals then there's a total of 13 hard drives in my house. Wait, I forgot iPods. With three iPods in the home that brings the drive total to 16. Drat! forgot about my DVR and PS3. Okay, 18, yep that's it. There are 18 hard drives used regularly in my home.

    PUT DOWN THE PIPE GMK!
     
  25. BertyBoy macrumors 6502

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    Ouch,

    I've "only" got
    15 internals (in 3 desktop macs and 3 powerbooks),
    4 permanent externals (FW), and
    4 removables.

    Oops, and the 35MB Quantum in my SE FD/HD (so 4 desktop macs).
     

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