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As I was doing some (digital) housecleaning this weekend, I wondered about drive space in general -- how much do we all have? So I figured I'd post a hard drive capacity poll to see how much storage space the typical macosxhints.com reader has at their disposal.

The only restriction is that the drives must be used in some way with your Macs, so don't count those 25 full-size external SCSI drives you've got stored away in the closet, just in case "SCSI might make a comeback someday!"

Personally, when I tallied it all up, I was surprised to find we've got over 3TB of storage space here across all our Macs...
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New poll on drive space posted
Authored by: peertimo on Mar 09, '08 08:19:25AM

4 Macs, total of 4 TB, where one old G4 MDD has three TB of disks. 5 Internal, took out both DVD-burners, and two external. It is connected through Gigabit and serves headless TV-shows, movies, backups and music for the house.



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New poll on drive space posted
Authored by: candelwish on Mar 09, '08 08:28:20AM

primary ibook 60 gb, two external 80 gb drives, networked PC 70 Gb, old powerbook G3 - standard 6gb
about to add 500 gb external into the mix.



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New poll on drive space posted
Authored by: chefmitch on Mar 09, '08 09:01:01AM

iMac --- 320GB
Macbook -- 80GB
Networked Hard Drive - 250GB
External Hard Drive - USB - 160GB
External Hard Drives - Firewire - 250GBx3 = 750GB
External Hard Drive - USB - 500GB
External Hard Drive - USB - 1TB
Portable Hard Drive - 40GB

That's a total of 3.1TB + there's a bunch of loose Hard Drives floating around + some stuck in unused windows machines



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New poll on drive space posted
Authored by: kitefeeder on Mar 09, '08 09:10:34AM

G5 PowerPC 2x 500GB
3x 500Gb Lacie
3x 1Tb Lacie
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6.5Tb



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New poll on drive space posted
Authored by: dbhill on Mar 09, '08 09:36:21AM

Total .75 TB: one iMac, two external FW drives



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New poll on drive space posted
Authored by: DrRobert on Mar 09, '08 10:10:23AM

It is amazing how much drive space has accumulated and how little it costs:

Mac Pro 8 core - 4 750G internals, 10 750 G eSATA, 4 250G firewire = 11.5 TB

G5 dual core - 500G interal

Linux box (used only as media server for macs) 10 750G internal = 7.5TB

Linux Box 2( also file server) 120G

Mini 1 (TV) = 80G internal 1 750 G external FW = .82 T

Mini 2 (TV) = 80G internal 3 x 750G FW, 2 x 500G FW = 3.3T

Apple TV - 40G internal

Mac book AIR = 64G SSD

Mac Book Pro 120G internal, Powerbook 12" 60G internal

2 160G Ipods, 4 80G ipods, 1 60G ipod

iBook 60G

So it looks like just shy of 24 TB

Thats what happens when you have 500 DVDs ripped and 6000 CD ripped as flac.



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New poll on drive space posted
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 09, '08 09:06:24PM

And.. erm.. how little did all that cost?



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New poll on drive space posted
Authored by: uberwald on Mar 09, '08 02:37:23PM

iMac: 500gb
macbook: 120gb
powerbook: 80gb
G4 Sawtooth: 120gb
Linux file server: 2.5TB (3x750gb+1x250gb)
external drive: 750gb



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New poll on drive space posted
Authored by: beharkey on Mar 09, '08 02:43:55PM

Mac Pro w/ 4 750GB Drives = 3TB
External Dual Bay Enclosure with 2 750GB Drives = 1.5TB
External Enclosure with 1 400GB Drive = 400GB
External Enclosure with 1 400GB Drive = 400GB
Macbook Pro with 200GB Drive = 200GB

TOTAL: 5.5 TB



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New poll on drive space posted
Authored by: scottbayes on Mar 09, '08 06:24:02PM
MacBook: 160 GB Hitachi, aftermarket
PowerBook 12" G4: 80GB original
External 4-drive USB 2.0 enclosure with 3 drives installed:
  • 500GB (2 partitions, 400GB Time Machine, 100GB "other")
  • 320GB
  • 160GB
External cheapjack aluminum USB 2.0 drive case: 13GB
Wolverine MVP USB 2.0 card-reader/harddrive: 100GB
Sundry flash cards: about 2.5GB total
2 flash drives at 256MB each: 0.5GB
Total: 1336GB

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New poll on drive space posted
Authored by: luigi193 on Mar 09, '08 09:45:52PM

"It is amazing how much drive space has accumulated and how little it costs:
Mac Pro 8 core - 4 750G internals, 10 750 G eSATA, 4 250G firewire = 11.5 TB
G5 dual core - 500G interal
Linux box (used only as media server for macs) 10 750G internal = 7.5TB
Linux Box 2( also file server) 120G
Mini 1 (TV) = 80G internal 1 750 G external FW = .82 T
Mini 2 (TV) = 80G internal 3 x 750G FW, 2 x 500G FW = 3.3T
Apple TV - 40G internal
Mac book AIR = 64G SSD
Mac Book Pro 120G internal, Powerbook 12" 60G internal
2 160G Ipods, 4 80G ipods, 1 60G ipod
iBook 60G
So it looks like just shy of 24 TB"

WOW... thats alota space right there...




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New poll on drive space posted
Authored by: saint.duo on Mar 09, '08 10:54:59PM

Lets see here...

PowerMac: 2x 160GB
FW enclosure: 80GB, 120GB, 250GB
FW tower: 8x 200GB
MacBook: 160GB
PC tower: 2x 80GB
Shuttle PC: 120GB
Portable FW: 80GB
iPod drive in a case: 20GB
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2.91TB, doesn't count my in use ipod and my random army of flash drives.

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duo



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New poll on drive space posted
Authored by: jvoskuil on Mar 10, '08 04:11:36AM

So you're asking, "Who's got the biggest one?" The results may be interesting, but they're certainly not going to represent the typical macosxhints.com reader. How many of us with something to brag about will take the poll? How many of us with puny little stock drives will?



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New poll on drive space posted
Authored by: robg on Mar 10, '08 06:01:04AM

No, you're reading the question as "who's got the biggest one." The question I asked was simply about total drive space, without any implied commentary of 'bigger is better' or 'small hard drives are for wimps.' I was just curious what the equipment mix looked like among readers.

And judging by the response curve, lots of people at all ranges are responding.

-rob.



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Authored by: Plan K on Mar 10, '08 04:16:36AM

Though I counted about 1.6 TB of hard drive space, more than 75 percent of that was devoted to redundant backup, including Time Machine and bootable duplicate hard drives stored off-site and rotated in for use. So while that may seem like a lot of free space, the actual usable amount of storage for data is only around 400 GB.



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Authored by: yang on Mar 10, '08 06:15:20AM

PowerBook G4: 80 GB.

:(



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New poll on drive space posted
Authored by: robogobo on Mar 10, '08 07:39:53PM

you stole my idea.



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New poll on drive space posted
Authored by: rpyle on Mar 10, '08 08:53:39AM

iMac 2.4 GHz, 24" screen (shown is "Capacity" from Get Info)

Boot drive (internal): 298 GB
External drives: 233 GB (for Time Machine, 131 GB still available)
Plus 74, 89 and 60 GB miscellaneous old drives

TOTAL 754 GB (not counting various USB memory dsticks)



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