What takes up all your hard drive space?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by bp1000, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. bp1000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    I just bought a nearly maxed out 27inch haswell iMac but I only opted for the 256GB drive.

    I have a MBA which only has a 128GB drive and I still have 50GB left. Probably because I have all my music in the cloud, stream my movies from iTunes or Netflix and my photos live on an external drive.

    I'm in a better position with this iMac as USB 3 is only about 10% slower than internal sata and I prefer to dump all the large files on external disks.

    What is taking up all your space, as I am questioning whether 256GB is enough. It's only a small doubt in an otherwise awesome prospect of having a SSD main drive and USB 3 drives that are almost as fast as internal storage.
  2. Old Muley macrumors 6502a

    Old Muley

    Jan 6, 2009
    Titletown USA
    Movies, music and photos account for the biggest chunk of space use on my HD. My solution was to move them to an external hard drive connected via FireWire. There is no real reason to keep the, on your internal. If you just kept the system and apps on your 256 SSD, you'd probably be ok. Find a good thunderbolt drive solution and you'd be set! (I bought a new iMac too but opted for the 3tb fusion drive. I will live with a thunderbolt to FireWire adapter to connect an external drive until thunderbolt drive prices come down.)
  3. Mr. Dee macrumors 68000

    Mr. Dee

    Dec 4, 2003
    I am a Windows user, I have a lot of Music, Photos and Videos. Out of all three, my iTunes Music Library uses the most.

    160 GB SSD, iTunes Library is about 60 GBs.
  4. d0nK, Sep 26, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2013

    d0nK macrumors 6502

    Nov 4, 2011
    On my MPB (128GB SSD + 1TB HD):
    80GB - ML OSX + Applications
    140GB - Images/photo's
    300GB - Audio Projects + Samples
    30GB - Video's
    25GB - Documents
    50GB - Web Development
    80GB - iTunesMedia

    In my Hackintosh:
    140GB - ML OSX + Applications
    300GB - Images/photo's
    900GB - Audio Projects + Samples
    200GB - Video's
    25GB - Documents
    50GB - Web Development
    300GB - iTunesMedia
    500GB - Windows + Games
    2TB - Backup

    I don't trust the reliability of external hard drive enclosures at all. When I make a move to get an external or two I'll certainly be backing up my backups.
  5. OneMike macrumors 603


    Oct 19, 2005
    50gb images
    1tb music
    7.5tb movies
    200gb misc

    Then backups of all the above
  6. bp1000 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    Got to admit I regretted my decision to build with 256gb but I think it should be ok.

    If I change to 512gb ssd I have to cancel my order.

    If I get a samsung ssd 256gb is a USB 3 caddy sufficient to get the max read/writes the drive is capable of?

    What if I had 2 or 3 external ssd drives, does the USB bus slow down even if only 1 drive is active?
  7. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    Porn, is there anything else that matters? ;-)
  8. kazmac macrumors 603


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the sliver scream

    but I've moved a lot of them off to external drives. Outside of that, applications, but I still have a huge chunk of my 500gb drive free. Music, tv shows and writing do not take up much space.

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