Is a 1 TB External HDD Big Enough?

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by DesuMaiden, Apr 15, 2013.

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  1. DesuMaiden

    DesuMaiden Registered Member

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    I plan on backing up my entire HDD (which in total is about 600 gb) the OS and the content on it. I'm might become a big gamer, so I might end up downloading loads of Steam games onto my computer. I am not a huge downloader of movies and music, but I do occasionally download movies. Should I stick with a 1tb external HDD or should I get a 2tb instead?
     
  2. The Hammer

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    I would get one with at least twice the capacity of the one I'm backing up.
     
  3. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

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    I would go with 2TB or larger. It doesn't sound like what you're backing up is going to compress well and 1TB isn't that much space anymore.
     
  4. ooVoo

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    well, 2TB is better since the size of your files will bloat up in coming future. :D
     
  5. safeguy

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    Depends.

    1. How much content do you wish/need to backup?
    - Games and movies take up lots of space.

    2. How much would the 1TB vs 2TB cost you?
    - Is the price difference worth it? Are you on tight budget?

    If the price difference is less or equal to 50% of the cost of 1TB HDD, (e.g $100 vs $150) then you might want to fork up the extra cash and future-proof your investment.

    OTOH, if you can reasonably expect the 1TB to fit your usage scenario in the near-future (let's say 1-2 years time), you might want to keep your cash 1st.
    Within that time-span, technology improves and generally prices drop (except for certain circumstances). In the event your 1TB HDD fails and goes out of warranty, you may get a replacement at a better deal. If it still works, you can still treat yourself a new HDD and split the risk.
     
  6. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    Do you already own a 1 TB external HD?
     
  7. wtsinnc

    wtsinnc Registered Member

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    Drives fill up much faster than you think, particularly if you're downloading movies.
    My two 1TB Samsung HDDs are at roughly two-thirds capacity after about one year of use.
    So if you are at all in doubt, go for the 2TB. You will use the space eventually.
     
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