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Did we miss the point of this poll?
Authored by: cougar718 on Mar 10, '08 10:45:17AM

I'm not sure if Rob meant for the poll to be targeted across multiple Macs, or simply the main Mac you use. But I guess it does make sense because if your Mac has access to other Mac's drives, then that would considered external.

But what I want to know is, why are we just counting Macs, why not all cross the entire board. Because my iMac 2007 has access to all the storage on my LAN.

My LAN, including Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms, has +1500 GB.

Anyways, dude above has 7.6 TB of storage. That's impressive.

Rick alias cougar

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More interested in free space on boot volume.
Authored by: crooner on Mar 10, '08 11:29:01AM

The brunt of this poll is certainly interesting, especially in contrast to how much storage we all had on hand, say, ten years ago (I remember my fellow Mac- Geeks coming to my house just to see my brand new Apple 1GB external drive - a whole 1GB for only $1,000!), but what would really interest me is how much free space each of us has/keeps on their boot volume.

I' heard the general of thumb is to maintain 10-30% of free space. My main, desktop Mac boots from a 300GB drive which I have to carefully monitor to ensure that at least 30GB remains free. Still, I often feel (or think I feel) performance lag a bit when I have lots of applications open or am running serious disk intensive stuff. While I know there are some Unix commands that can make use of a separate drive for swap files, I wish this was a GUI option in the System Preferences.

What do you all think?

Cry of Help to Rob - How about a secondary poll covering this info?

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More interested in free space on boot volume.
Authored by: digidan on Apr 15, '08 10:13:23PM

This is a good topic for a second poll, indeed.

I try to keep a bare minimum 10% of the drive free, but aim for at least 15-20% free. I've got a full 150 GB free on my 250 GB Macbook Pro drive, but that's because I just upgraded from a 120 GB drive with only 30 GB free. I usually ran 80 GB Powerbook drive with around 15 GB free, although I occasionally dipped below 12. That's still above 10%, and I usually ran into more trouble with a lack of RAM and CPU than hard drive room. Then again, I'm not editing 200 MB photoshop documents.

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