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How Much Storage Is Enough To You?

How Much Stotage Is Enough For You?

  • Less Than 1 TB

    Votes: 5 2.8%
  • 1 TB

    Votes: 12 6.8%
  • 2 TB

    Votes: 30 16.9%
  • 4 TB

    Votes: 38 21.5%
  • 8 TB

    Votes: 32 18.1%
  • A Lot More (Please Explain)

    Votes: 60 33.9%

  • Total voters
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It has become common for gamers to post a proposed build here including a 1 TB SSD and asking for advice from this community. I usually point out that 1 TB may be inadequate if you are downloading the latest games to store in your Library. It has become a common thing for around 100 GB to be the recommended storage requirement for games. One in particular, a Call Of Duty game, requires around 250 GB of storage space.

I think back to my first 1 TB HHD many years ago and thought that was massive. Now I think that my latest 4 TB HDD is somewhat puny. What are your thoughts?

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I put 4TB... and not because I have it, but because I find myself sometimes having to delete stuff I would rather keep - games mostly. Especially when modded. This PC also still carries my entire library of music, a good 500GB of video and other My documents related shit. However, this is a luxury problem. I think 2TB is a great place to be for a gaming PC, and you can add more as demands rise.

Did clean up lately, but with 3TB total, I would definitely not mind changing up the E and X drives with 2 more 930 GB SSDs.

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A lot more.

I have a lot of gaming footage archives now as well as a gradual increase of media downloads.

Also many unused games installed, but now I have gigabit internet I could clear those out and only download on demand when needed if wanted.
 
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A lot more.

I store all my favourite games, films and TV shows locally so that I only ever depend on my crappy internet connection for Steam and GOG. Storing everything at 1080p+ obviously needs a lot of space.
 

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I have a 16TB, and 4TB platter in my computer, along with 4 1TB NVMe drives. I also have 8x 3TB in a drawer that I need to sort and migrate the data off of.
 

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I put 4TB... and not because I have it, but because I find myself sometimes having to delete stuff I would rather keep - games mostly. Especially when modded. This PC also still carries my entire library of music, a good 500GB of video and other My documents related shit. However, this is a luxury problem. I think 2TB is a great place to be for a gaming PC, and you can add more as demands rise.

Did clean up lately, but with 3TB total, I would definitely not mind changing up the E and X drives with 2 more 930 GB SSDs.

Times have really changed, couple years ago I would have been content with 2TB total......I follow the same principle, when I need to make room for stuff, it's time for an upgrade

Your OS2 drive is a good example of what triggers me to start looking at SSD prices

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I'll explain...

I put 4TB... and not because I have it, but because I find myself sometimes having to delete stuff I would rather keep - games mostly.

So realistically 8-12 TB storage with a fast 2TB NVMe OS drive.

Tabascosauz appears to have the same ideas on comfort found navigating to a single storage drive.
 
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A single 2TB is good and most of the machines in the house have that but my main now has a 4TB as I was bumping up against 2TB pretty frequently. For me it's been a price target of ~$200 since the 500MB SSD days.

It's nice to have 1.8TB free. For now.
 
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I have so many drive some people would go mad.

I like to archive games for pc and consoles mostly.... and versions of windows and installs of windows.... and experiments and ideas need lots of drives
 

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Modern games take 50GB+ easilly and I don't want to always redownload those if I don't play a game for a while but then I want to play it. I have ~8.8TB, yet I still need more.
 
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Voted 8TB (games, work, personal, streaming, backups, etc etc)

Its a mess... i've got a whole host of storage devices spread across 3 systems. My main gaming rig, my work+personal+secondary gaming rig and family system for everything else + a little lighter gaming stuff (kids!)

For games ive got no idea... 2 of the 3 machines hold the weighter game types. I'm guessing around ~1.5TB in use and a ton of titles not even downloaded as I end up deleting some of the older/no longer played games to make space.

Anyway ive been eyeing up SSD prices for some time and shortly will be closing in on a 2x 2TB sticks and as soon as decent 4TB SSDs are available for south of £200.... i'm jumping right in! One of these days i'm gonna slap a RIP on the clickity click spinners for some peace of mind ears.
 

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I have about 15TB of storage on my server alone, and a lot of that is real time backups for myself and my wife's desktops. A bunch of it is game server hosting, virtual machines, etc. One day the plan is to fill it with some 2TB SSD and 5TB HDDs to hopefully last me a long while as the primary desktops move to all SSD. Don't really need speed in the server when gigabit transfers can take hours overnight for all I care.
 
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Current daily driver (which is not the one in my specs) has a 250GB system and 1TB storage drive. Never gone more than 2TB on a storage drive, but I don't store video, only play a few games at once, and don't really do AAA. Probably going to bump to 2TB, simply because I can.
 
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A lot more....

48TB in my media server/nas (all HDD)
1TB in SSDs and 4GB HDD in my main system
~800GB in SSDs and 14TB HDD in my workshop system
2TB SSD and 14TB HDD in my soon-to-be-main-system

1-2TB is enough "active" storage for me, and that's all that needs to go an SSD. I don't see much point in cobbling together more from many small SSDs, when for "cold" storage (backups, archived/seldom-used games/programs, videos) a HDD is good enough, and far far cheaper.
 
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I put down "alot more". Only because I use lots of space for editing videos, current laptop has 16tb of space, and I use it all. Plus another 8tb external SSD, and a 16tb external HD. I use the 16tb to store shows, movies to watch.
 

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I have 3TB installed right now. I could use some more :D
 
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the correct answer is always : "YES!", when asked "how much you need?"


i do not have or operate NAS/Server but i go, for now, with :
12tb (plus the bootdrive of 256gb) in my case but i have 2 spinner 1tb each that i will replace with 2tb SSD ASAP... :laugh:

and it's all active storage, backup drives are not "permanently connected" and should not exceed 8tb iirc ... (i need to check my backup ahah :oops: )
 

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the correct answer is always : "YES!", when asked "how much you need?"


i do not have or operate NAS/Server but i go, for now, with :
12tb (plus the bootdrive of 256gb) in my case but i have 2 spinner 1tb each that i will replace with 2tb SSD ASAP... :laugh:

and it's all active storage, backup drives are not "permanently connected" and should not exceed 8tb iirc ... (i need to check my backup ahah :oops: )
I should upgrade my storage drive (a 2TB drive in an USB3.0 enclosure), I'd just copy its content to the new drive so this would have backups at least in some format. Maybe even a 7200rpm drive so it could host some games.. :rockout:
 
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2TB SSD(OS+Games+Work) + 2TB HDD to store videos, photos and my junk
 
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Today i thinked about buying a 8tb NVMe PCIe gen4 to put all my SSDs in one place (and disable Sata controller in bios once done too), but idk if i can find MX500 equivalant at 500 eoros.

So, 8tb is my vote.
 
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On my work rigs, I currently have a total of 282.79TB of storage, including my internal & external setups, but not backups, which are on separate, dedicated drives.... but this is NOT because all I do is set around & download moar & moar bloated-ass gamz, pron, musak, and movies day after day after day....

It's because I do 3D/CAD/CAM work, and them files tend to get massively huge after multiple revisions and changes on their way to the final versions :D

Why does seemingly EVERY friggin thing here have to centered around gamz anywayz ?

However, my home/personal usage is moar modest, with only 12TB of space in use for my OS, personal files, apps etc..
 
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