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How many spinning hard drives do you have in your desktop?


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How many spinning hard drives do you have in your desktop?  

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  1. 1. How many spinning hard drives do you have in your desktop?

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As the poll says.  SSDs don't count, nor do external drives.

I have 4.  Two data drives, and two backup drives.  There's space for one more comfortably, but I'll probably retire my oldest drive the next time I buy another one.

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Hah 0 in my desktop, but at least 18 in my server.

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Well I don't have a desktop totally mobile now. I also destroyed all the 3.5's I had.  2.5's/ssd's only from now on. I've got 4 to 5, 2.5 hdd's I could put in a laptop but only have the room for 2 in my m4600 backup. Everything else is external. I'll never go back to anything larger than a 2.5 mobile hdd size.

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We always need more drives...

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2, in a little home unix box, running mirrored. It has all sorts of purposes:

- runs as a NAS (the drives are 2 x 3Tb WD Reds)

- surveillance (used to store recordings from the garage). I say used to because for some reason wifi signal is not reaching there anymore, I just can't get reliable connection and I have no way to wire the camera. I ended up sticking a micro sd in the camera and hope the bad guys don't yoink it.

- it's also connected to the TV running Plex (not really using anymore since we have a Roku stick)

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I have two 4TB in an old Synology NAS, my desktop itself has ZERO though. All m.2

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4 x 5TB in a NAS. Not nearly enough.... Waiting patiently till the day I can put up something similar to what @Custom90gt posted above :classic_rolleyes:

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4x10TB WD Gold in a NAS. Apart from that i only have my laptop, which i use as a DTR most of the time. I take with me only on business trips or vacation.

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If we wanna count my girlfriend's desktop, I really can't answer.

But she has like 8 SATA drives in our TV room, as well as an IDE drive that I'm kind of curious about. We have a goal of making a file server, so that'll change.

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23 hours ago, Katja said:

If we wanna count my girlfriend's desktop, I really can't answer.

But she has like 8 SATA drives in our TV room, as well as an IDE drive that I'm kind of curious about. We have a goal of making a file server, so that'll change.

An IDE drive?  Now I'm curious.  I probably could add one of those to my desktop with a PCI Non-Express IDE adapter card, but is this a semi-recent computer with both SATA (and a lot of them!), and an IDE drive?

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Wraith: one 2TB HDD for data with a 4TB USB HDD enclosure on USB 3.0 for backups. For everything else, two 512GB NVMe and four 1TB 2.5-inch SSD.

Banshee: one 2TB HDD for data, two 512GB NVMe, one 1TB NVMe, three 1TB 2.5-inch SSD.

Wheezer: none - no place for it because it is a modern turdbook. One 1TB NVMe and one 2TB NVMe with no place for a HDD unless I go with the Tongfang small battery option.

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I have no HDDs in any of my computers except my main desktop. That computer also acts as a server for the others in a way. 

 

It has 2x Western Digital Red 8TB HDDs using Microsoft Storage Spaces mirror mode. 

 

If 8TB SSDs were cheaper I'd probably have all SSD only computers. 

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On 2/5/2022 at 7:18 AM, Sandy Bridge said:

An IDE drive?  Now I'm curious.  I probably could add one of those to my desktop with a PCI Non-Express IDE adapter card, but is this a semi-recent computer with both SATA (and a lot of them!), and an IDE drive?

It isn't; they're just sitting around gathering dust; although I do need to eventually get a spare drive I have into a system to get some data off of, might be a worthwhile project to do at some point

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My main drive is of course an SSD (500GB). At the moment, I have only one HDD (1TB) that is my data drive, but I will shortly add another internal HDD (4TB or larger) to house all my media I picked up over the years. The media currently is residing on an external 2TB drive that is almost full, not to mention is going on 6 years old.

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6 hours ago, ryan said:

custom90gt how many movies do you have?

Ummm a few hundred. I don't know if I want to look at the exact number, lol.

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On 2/12/2022 at 11:40 PM, ryan said:

jesus murphy...whatever that means lol

 

I have netflix and disney plus any pros too downloading movies? is the quality higher or something? iv'e never downloaded a 35gb movie

The quality is higher.  The films are more compressed when they are streamed than when they're on a disc.  Now, in practice, with my 48" TV at standard viewing distances, I can't really tell Blu-Ray versus streamed HD video.  Maybe if I had a 72" TV, I could, but I don't.  However, I can tell a difference between watching a DVD and watching a streamed standard-definition video.

 

Generally, though, you have to get the actual disc to get the increased quality.  When I had Spectre on Blu-Ray and it came with a digital copy, the digital copy was much smaller when downloaded than the Blu-Ray, and not quite as high of quality.  The downloaded version was nowhere near 35 GB, I think closer to 8-10 GB?  Better than DVD (and probably better compression technology as well, which also helps), but not quite Blu-Ray.  So if you only have a digital copy, really the only reason to download would be if you don't trust your Internet connection to stay stable while viewing.  Probably generally not very worth it, although I recall at least one time a few years ago when my Internet went out on movie night, so we broke out a film on disc instead.

 

So in general, I only go for discs for items I know I'll watch multiple times.  It's always good to be able to watch The Office without having to have a streaming subscription to whatever it's streaming on these days.  For those items, it can save money or hassle over the long haul.  I just watched the Back to the Future trilogy on Blu-Ray again; I paid $8.50 for the set in 2016, and it would cost $12 to stream the series nowadays (it's only available as a one-off, not as part of a subscription bundle).  For cases like that, the disc makes sense.

 

And while I did stream the first one directly from the disc, I'd forgotten how much of a pain it can be with the menus and anti-piracy warnings and so forth.  I wound up backing them up to my hard drive and playing them from there so I wouldn't have to put up with all that.

 

On 2/22/2022 at 4:05 PM, docbach said:

I just got rid of my last 4tb hdd, traded it out for a 2.5” 4tb firecuda. 

Isn't a FireCuda also a hard drive?  Just a smaller one in this case?

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