Why would anyone need a 1TB drive?

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  1. ucla95 macrumors member

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    I can't think of a reason but before I purchase I figured I should ask for some opinions in case I'm wrong. I mean you can always get an external HD should you run out of the 640?
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    "640k ought to be enough for anyone."

    Seriously?:confused:
     
  3. TheNightPhoenix macrumors 6502

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    To do the same thing i do with the 4 TB drives i have externally... To Store a lot of files. Or a small number of very large files.
     
  4. ditzy macrumors 68000

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    I thought that 500 GB hard drive would be big enough for me when I bought my iMac. But I've found recently that when I want to download shows from itunes, the biggest deterrent is not the price but how much space it will take on my hard drive. I wish I'd upgraded to 1TB.
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    People who works and music and photo/videography things. Single Full HD movie can take up to 15GBs.
     
  6. ucla95 thread starter macrumors member

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    Had no idea a movie could be 15GB, reason enough right there!
     
  7. thelongmorrow macrumors member

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    uncompressed raw files from my HD camera EASILY take up about 100GB a project, plus the actual projects that come from that. HD video takes up a lot of space, so does 3D stuff. my Itunes Library is like 100GB as well because of my TV shows and movies. Final cut pro takes up something like 55GB just for the suite, PLUS people who use boot camp want to have a good amount of space reserved for windows. When my new Mac Pro comes I am stuff as much HD space as I can into it.. !!!!!:D:D:D:D
     
  8. Hellhammer Moderator

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    1TB sounds ridiculous for a normal user, but for a pro user over 5TB is usual
     
  9. shadoe1989 macrumors newbie

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    Lolol

    I remember back in the day when ps1 had games on CD'S! I thought they will never be able to use all of that space its just not possible.
     
  10. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I do a lot of photography and right now I'm running 2.5TB worth of external hard drives and have less than 200GB of space remaining. And once I get the new camera that I want, the files will be roughly 3 times as large so I'll quickly need to add another 1TB or 2TB's worth of external storage.
     
  11. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    Depends on your PC usage, i've pretty much filled my 250Gb with Music and DVD's, and thats 'Light' use, im starting to to DSLR Photography and Editing, and will be fitting a 500Gb Drive, and Buying a 1Tb External.

    One Photo can easily be 10Mb, thats jpeg, a Raw one can be much bigger, and then you have an edited version aswell, 'one' photo can take upto 200mb.
     
  12. Pyrotechnic macrumors 6502

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    I am an average user and have ordered a 1TB. The reason for doing so is that over the past few years I have purchased better digital cameras and video cameras and each time the files sizes increase, obviously due to them being better quality and technology. By purchasing the 1TB, i have at least done something to future proof my Mac, at least short term.
     
  13. Hellhammer Moderator

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    And PS3 uses Blu-ray disks now which can be up to 400GB (more in future)

    I thought that 40GB PS3 would be enough and now it has 500GB :D
     
  14. petenice15 macrumors newbie

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    I went with the 1TB for 2 reasons. First I have a HD camera that eats up space. Secondly, with my EPP discount it only cost $90, so why not?
     
  15. eRondeau macrumors 6502a

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    "The content will expand to fit the space available."
    -- bMan's 1st Rule of Data Storage
     
  16. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Back in the days when Firewire was popular (sigh), people were importing video over Firewire from their miniDV camcorders. This video was a fixed rate of about 3.6 megs per second, so an hour of DV video takes up 13 gigs of hard drive space. You can imagine a couple hours of vacation footage, plus the scratch space needed to edit, took up a pile of space.

    NOW, with High Definition video, it takes up even MORE space, especially if you're using iMovie or Final Cut Express and converting things into the Apple Intermediate Codec before you edit.

    Plus digital cameras are constantly getting more megapixels, so photos are getting larger... what used to be about 400KB per image is now 4-6 megs per image, easily.

    Higher-resolution, high-def video downloads from iTunes, DRM-free and less compressed iTunes music, it doesn't sound like much individually but it all adds up very quickly!

    My 12" PowerBook had a 40 gig hard drive which I kept filling. This MacBook Pro has a 120 gig hard drive which I thought would be plenty... now it's pretty full and I'm looking at replacing it with a 300+ gig HD...
     
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    I have 320GB on my imac and thats the biggest i ever had on any of my home computers however with all my media it soon fills. I have ripped a few cds to apple lossless and a season of the west wing along with with all my photos both from my phone and my d40. So far ive managed to fill 120 GB of my hard drive. I could really do with getting a bigger one but will wait for the next imac refresh (or one after) and get a new computer with bigger internal.
     
  18. robanga macrumors 68000

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    I have filled 1TB with HD Video and now starting on a second one
     
  19. bbq2k macrumors newbie

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    Ah, memories

    I remember seeing my first 4GB drive back in the mid-90s. It was as big as an dishwasher, the centerpiece of some tech show we were attending. Everyone stood around it gawking and asking, how in the world could we fill a 4GB drive?! :)

    When you're editing 1080p video in ProRez format, the rule of thumb is 1 GB/min!
     
  20. cleric macrumors 6502a

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    Well compressed movies. Some blu-ray streams are 30+gb.
     
  21. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    1 Tb might sound like a lot now. In two or three years it won't.

    Many people regret buying too little. Almost nobody regrets buying too big.
     
  22. czachorski macrumors 6502a

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    iMovie imports HDV at 12 GB/hr in large mode and 50 GB/hr in full mode. Even at large, we import at least 200-300 GB per year, so I am quite happy that I got a bigger hd.
     
  23. oldalbion macrumors newbie

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    I have a 500G HDD in my Dec 08 iMac and although as a basic internet and a bit of iPhoto user I have never even remotely come close to 1TB! I really wish I had gone for the 1TB HDD and regretted not doing so quite quickly. I regularly check Macintosh HD space and do this much more often than necessary....to the extent of a kind of mental illness :D

    No, you have done a sensible thing, always go for space even if it means just a bit more money.
     
  24. ebd.i.am macrumors 6502

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    You have never have too much hard drive space.

    I got the 640GB drive but I plan on upgrading to a 2TB drive once the prices drop.
     
  25. wakerider017 macrumors 68000

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    400GB blu-ray discs? That is news to me. Hahaha

    On a side note, 1TB is no longer considered excessive for an average/home user.

    Between all my multimedia (pictures, movies, documents, itunes, eyetv, etc.) I can fill up that space reasonably fast if I am not careful.

    Also it is smart to buy the computer for the future. If you are going to own it for a few years you should upgrade it appropriately. HD movie downloads are getting more and more popular.
     

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