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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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