How much free space to allocate in external HDD?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by dcslacker, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. dcslacker macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2004
    I back up my video projects onto a WD 2TB Green drive and I've got about 250GB free. I forgot how much space is needed to leave empty so the drive doesn't slow down or freeze up. Was it 10% free? I have another project (60GB) to transfer to the Green drive but am not sure if I can get away with putting in on there or if I need to buy another HDD.

    I did a quick search and read that some folks leave 20% or 50% free, but that was for the startup disk with the OS on it. My drives are strictly for storing video/photo projects after the project is completed.

    Any input is appreciated.
  2. dcslacker thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2004
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Some of my drives are full and they don't lock up.

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