Weekend Open Forum: Storage capacity in your main rig?

By on April 15, 2011, 8:04 PM
In the world of computer storage, solid-state drives have stolen the limelight when it comes to performance. It seems incredible to think that in a one year span manufacturers are almost doubling the performance of their drives, with some of them now reaching insane ~500MB/s read speeds. But SSDs are still far from becoming mainstream. If you are looking for raw capacity at a price that won't break the bank, you'll still need a good old hard disk drive.

Thankfully these platter-based devices have come a long way in terms of areal density and cost per GB, enough to satisfy our always-growing storage needs. Just head to your favorite retailer and you'll be able to score a 3.5-inch desktop hard disk drive with 2TB capacity for around $80 and a 3TB model starting at $140.

In this Weekend Open Forum we want to ask you: How much storage capacity is in your primary PC? You can elaborate on any external storage solution you have in place to support your main rig. Also, as a bonus for those of you who have been in this for a while, do you remember how much storage capacity was in your first computer?

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Technochicken Technochicken, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I have 820 gigs internally, plus another 500 externally. I don't keep many movies or things like that on my HDD's so 3/4 of my storage drive is empty.

Guest said:

2 tb @ 7200 rpm

TrekExpert TrekExpert said:

I have a 500GB hard drive. My first was around 20 meg if i remember correctly.

Guest said:

Main rig: 1TB WD Caviar Black + 2TB WD Caviar Green

boybrushdred boybrushdred said:

i only have one internal storage. its a WD Caviar Black 640GB and it still has 286GB free. i also have a 1TB external drive for back-up.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I have a 90 GB OCZ Vertex 2 drive as my boot drive.

Then a 300 GB Raptor to hold my Steam folder (which is now full)

Another 300 GB Raptor for backups, downloads, etc.

1.5 TB external drive in an enclosure for media, and then a hard drive dock for all the other drives.

Bonus: I won't count the audio tapes I played Centipede on, so we'll go with a 20 MB drive on the first 'real' computer I had.

cpsheb said:

My best computer is a media center machine that has 3 TB. There is 5 computers in my house with a combined sotrage of about 8 TB.

phillai said:

I have one 100GB OCZ Limited Edition 'boot up only' drive and four Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB SATA-II 64MB Cache.

I believe my first Pentium II 333 PC which I owned back in 1997 only had a 6GB drive!!

Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

About 5TB inside of my PC, around 8TB factoring in other systems.

Cueto_99 said:

Well, right now I'm using 2 WD 500gb Caviar Black HD Drives. I haven't jump into the SSD wagon because prices are still too high for my wallet, but I do know their speed is something out of the ordinary...

A few months ago I bought a 500gb Seagate Momentus XT for my oldie Dell Laptop, and I was really surprised about the performance jump, I truly recommend them.

As for my first pc storage capacity... I believe it was around 250 - 500 megabytes... so I had to use a ton of 1.44 diskettes for backup! LOL!

Lurker101 said:

We've already got a poll about this, but okay.

Western Digital 300GB Velociraptor, 1TB Caviar Green (x2), 320GB Caviar Blue (x3 RAID 0)

Think my first computer had something like 3.2GB and 128kb RAM

Guest said:

18 Crucial 256gb SSD's in RAID5. Using two separate Areca 1800 series raid cards. Not 'my' rig but I built it to be used as a SAN in a virtualization environment at work.

thewind said:

I have a 300Gb WD Raptor 3TB WD Green internal 1TB WD black interal and 160 GB WD Raptor. Also 2TB WD external. A total of 6.46TB!. I cant believe how 5 years ago i was excited to have a 250GB HDD. Thats 26X what I had 5 years ago... If I continue at the same rate I'll have 169TB 5 years from now...

What you guys think in 2016 how many TB do you think you will have?

Guest said:

Currently 8.75tb (raw)...I'm upgrading two terabyte drives to three when they arrive in the mail!

2 - WD 2TB

1 - Hitachi 2TB

2 - WD 1TB <--- RIP in a week

1 - Seagate 750GB (OS drive)



Lurker101 said:

What you guys think in 2016 how many TB do you think you will have?

Probably around 20GB

15% will be SSDs

50% will be porn

tragicallyhip said:

My first PC was an IBM 386/SX33 with 500Mb HDD,it cost me $2300 back in the day and was considered to be a really hot shit piece of kit.


2 VelociRaptor 150's (RAID 0) FTW!!!

cardriverx said:

I have a total of 2.2 TB in my computer. I could use more.

Guest said:

1TB internal and 1 TB external.

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

About 1 TB in ssd's and 4 TB in hdd

Jurassic4096 said:


250GB external

grvalderrama said:

My main computer has a 320GB Samsung and 1TB WD Black Caviar. I also have 2 500GB external Samsung hard drives. I'm looking forward to buying another external drive of my own.

Guest said:

32K in my first computer ! That went up to 512K with the large floppies...and then that went up to a staggering 1.4MB. Yes Mb !

Now I have my desktop with a 500GB and 2TB HDD in it, an external twin 2x 2TB, and a NAS of 1TB. Why ? I have a large collection of bluray movies, photos and uncompressed music.

I couldn't live without USB3.0

ihaveaname said:

320 gig standard 7200 rpm HDD internally and 500 gig external. Never really had a need for too much more; I tend to want to spend more money on other parts.

ShiftedReality ShiftedReality said:

Current drives are a ocz agility 2 60gb and a Samsung spinpoint f3 1tb..had to change other drives because of all the steam sales lol.

Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

I have a 160GB first-gen Intel SSD, a Raptor 150GB secondary HDD and two other internal drives for storage, one 500GB (it used to be so big) and a newer 2TB drive. I have another 2TB external hard drive for storage but I don't use it that often to be honest.

Vertex 3 is tempting, perhaps I can graduate the Intel SSD to my laptop or something.

Guest said:

120 GB OCZ Vertex 2, 1 x 74 GB Raptor (pagefile and temp folders), 2 x internal 1TB, 1 x external 1TB, and 2 external 2TB... (oh, and a 320 GB external for my laptop that has a 250 GB internal).

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Storage capacity of my PCs when compared to others is bit meager but sufficient enough for my needs:

1x 200GB Barracuda + 500 GB WD CB = 700GB

Plus 320GB external passport drive.

Superpeter Superpeter said:

Samsung 1tb + Samsung 2tb + Mushkin 120g SSD = 3tb The SSd takes place of the unusable parts of the platter drives and it works out to about three exact terabytes. My first computer had like 50 or 80 gigs

Guest said:

Internal, 4 x 1Tb in raid 10 configuration for data storage, 1 120Gb SSD for Program, 1 60Gb for Win and cs5 swapfailes.

External. 1 4Tb WD Sharespace in raid 5 configuration, 2 x Seagate 1.5 Tb USB for for rotating offsite backup.

My first drive was a mighty WD 420mb drive when the usual was around 40 - 80 Mb. How would I ever fill it?

Nima304 said:

I have a 400GB (5,400RPM) hard drive in my laptop, with 1TB (7,200RPM) of external storage. I often use my 16GB flash drives to move stuff around, and the dual 73GB SCSI drives (15,000RPM) in my servers whenever I'm downloading.

cptmds said:

Current PC is 500GB + 250GB; 500 is the main one for Windows + Program (separate partition). 250 is for everything else.

First PC? Much more recent than most: 13GB ATA 91360U4 Maxtor, still in use as a linux boot drive (on a backup PC; the original 80GB is used for storage). It's been on for 1.6 years, with 5143 power cycles. Still works fine.

EXCellR8 EXCellR8, The Conservative, said:

roughly 2TB not including the 80GB SSD drive with my OS

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

1.25 tb, and 80gb for mobility.

Don't need any more than that.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:


My first PC didn't had any 'internal' storage', and first ever HDD was a massive 30MB drive.

Guest said:

Yeah I remember all about my computers...

First was a NEC V30 8086 compatible @ 4.7MHz with only a 20MB HDD,

antd then...

2. AMD K5 @ 100 MHz 2GB HDD,

3. AMD K6-2 @ 550 MHz 20GB HDD,

4. AMD Sempron (K7) @ 1.66 GHz 160 GB HDD

5. AMD Sempron (K8) @ 1.8 GHz 160 GB HDD too,

6. (Upgrade from 5) AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 2.5 Ghz 2x160 GB HDDs, and

7. AMD Phenom II X3 @ 3.2 GHz 2x160 and 2x500 GB HDDs.

Guest said:

i hav 6 WD caviar green 3 tb drivs in raid 0

and use a 960 gb revodrivex2 as my primary drive

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

1TB internal (2 x 500GB), 1TB external.

Valimere said:

1. 2x 128GB Gskill SSD Drives for programs and games (256GB)

2. 2x 150GB WD 10k Raptor Drives For programs and games before my SSD's(300GB) I Can't seem to get rid of these, Just in case the ssd's dont work out/ now used as extra fast storage (movies, torrents, etc)

3. Drobo 4 bay with 3x 2TB WD Green Drives , and 1TB WD Green Drive, for a total of 6.4 TB RAW data and (4.5TB) Available for "beyond RAID" storage. not the fastest, but stupidly easy, reliable, and upgradeable.

Guest said:

Because i sold the 320GB Hitachi drive and waiting for the F3 1TB like for a month, currently i'm on 6GB Seagate + 8GB Fujitsu for storage (LOL i know :D)

Punkid said:

1TB Caviar Black internal, 320gb hitachi deskstar internal....about to go for a 2tb, caviar green, also internal

Guest said:

1.5TB total in my system (1TB + 300GB + 200GB). All Seagate

nismo91 said:

internal 320gb (notebook), external 1tb. more than plenty for me for at least this year.

Seraphim401 Seraphim401 said:

1 TB internally + 250 GB ext.

My first rig had a 4 GB hdd.

Saintnsinner said:

I have 750 gigs in my desktop rig. I can remember having a 20mb hdd on my old 386.

haroonferoz said:

my first pc is pentium 3 dell gx100 with 10 gb of hard drive now i have dual core with 160 gb and i am glade with that for a while you know............

Guest said:

In my main rig I have a 30gb Vertex boot drive and 2 x 320gb samsung f4 in raid 0 (will add two more at some point). It's pretty empty because I have a 12 TB WHS v1 for storage.

Guest said:

I currently have a 1TB Hitachi 7200 rpm for both boot and storage, and I'm perfectly happy with it. I also have a 1 TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 for back-up in an external rack, connected via e-sata.

I haven't gone for an SSD because prices haven't dropped at all recently and moreover, the new 6 gb/s SSD's are even more expensive than the old ones. I'm waiting for another year at least to upgrade my mobo and get a decent 6 GB/s controller.

My first rig had a Pentium 4 (just released !!) and a massive 80GB WD hard drive. That was pretty huge for me :))

sMILEY4ever said:

1TB now, my last rig had 250GB and my 1st one had 40GB.

Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

My first computer was an AST 100Mhz with 8MB RAM, it had a 1.3GB WD HDD.

Through the years I've gone through pretty much all of the released WD Raptors...

I was disappointed in the last released VelociRaptor series and decided to go for a Seagate Cheetah 15k.7 300GB SAS drive, it's really fast and quiet and I'm very happy with it...

For storage I have 3x WD RE2-GP 1TB harddrives in a RAID5 array.

All four drives are connected to a LSI 8704ELP PCIe RAID controller...

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