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Considering the sum of all of my storage devices ...

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Most of my active/available storage is on hard disk
  32857 votes / 88%
Most of my active/available storage is solid state
  783 votes / 2%
Most of my active/available storage is tape
287 votes / 0%
Most of my active/available storage is optical disk
  1025 votes / 2%
Most of my active/available storage is online
  687 votes / 1%
Most of my storage options are more obscure.
  1521 votes / 4%
37160 total votes.
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Considering the sum of all of my storage devices ...

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  • by dkleinsc (563838) on Thursday February 24, 2011 @03:50PM (#35303908) Homepage

    A black pigment on a bleached mesh of wood fibers. I have quite a lot of useful information in that format.

    • by blair1q (305137) on Thursday February 24, 2011 @03:54PM (#35303960) Journal

      Interesting. How many Libary of Congresses can it hold?

    • I highly doubt that you have more information in 'ink on paper' format than could fit on a single DVD.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by natehoy (1608657)

        Depends on how you measure storage. Bytes, ounces, or square inches?

        I have a small room with somewhere approaching a half ton of books (about 30 large rubbermaid containers stuffed full). I have an additional 4-5 rubbermaids full of photographs and developed negatives. I've also got a safe with important papers.

        In the same room, in fact inside the safe, I have an old IDE 500GB hard drive I use as tertiary backup storage (install it in an old machine from time to time, copy off new stuff to it, put it bac

        • by dwillden (521345)
          Back in the 90's I purchased a CD with 1500 books on it. It included the complete works of Shakespeare, Just about every book considered to be holy writ by any religion out there and many others. Yet it all fit on one Data CD. I could store your entire library plus mine and many others on my Nook.

          Books are big and bulky, but have a very low data density.
          • Books are big and bulky, but have a very low data density.

            That's not entirely true, it's just that a lot of the data is less important to you (ie, texture of the pages) and/or the storage capacity isn't exploited fully (if there were a way to access books on an atomic level...).

            But yeah, in their current implementation, pretty inefficient.

        • by droopus (33472) *

          I used to have such huge amounts of retro storage media as well. Thousands of records, a basement full of books and photos.

          May I take this opportunity to recommend flood insurance.

      • It also depends on how you interpret it.

        "Active/available" rules out nearly all of my optical discs, as they have been ripped to hard disk and put into storage.

        Also "sum of all of my storage devices", does that mean capacity or number of?

        If capacity, then spinning magnetic media wins, obviously.

        If number of devices, then "black pigment on bleached mesh of wood fibers" wins. (Although THAT particular category is steadily being replaced with solid state for me...)

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by geekoid (135745)

      no you don't. Even 1000 books it's a tiny amount of storage in digital form.

      • by morcego (260031) on Thursday February 24, 2011 @06:23PM (#35306438)

        Not if they are on MSWord .doc format ....

  • In a cloud (Score:4, Funny)

    by Average_Joe_Sixpack (534373) on Thursday February 24, 2011 @03:52PM (#35303930)

    Somewhere in the troposphere

  • not so fast (Score:5, Insightful)

    by bugs2squash (1132591) on Thursday February 24, 2011 @03:53PM (#35303946)
    Do they realize they have a few hundred DVDs / blew rays / cds strewn around the living room. It adds up...
    • Of course, that's partly because the home desktop recently crashed, so its hard drives aren't currently "active/available", while the DVDs can be popped into the player or the laptop. But even so, a DVD is about 4-5GB depending on how full it is, and I've got less than 2TB of hard drive even if it all worked. and several hundred DVDs.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by QRDeNameland (873957)

      Do they realize they have a few hundred blew rays strewn around the living room. It adds up...

      I'm picturing a living crowded with guys all named Ray, all with big smiles on their faces.

    • Re:not so fast (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Carnildo (712617) on Thursday February 24, 2011 @05:14PM (#35305384) Homepage Journal

      I have roughly 4TB of on-line storage. If I'm remembering my numbers correctly, that's 468 DVDs, or about 5,300 data CDs. I've got nowhere near that many plastic disks sitting around.

      • by Kosi (589267)

        What do you pay for that?

      • by jedidiah (1196)

        I have a lot more than that, but it's mostly compressed so it comes in at ~5TB.

        Got more total storage than that though.

        Content is cheap and plentiful. It's easy to gorge yourself even without being a pirate.

    • by treeves (963993)

      Don't count non-rewritable ones, but just one big spindle of 100 blank DVD-Rs is nearly 500GB of available storage. I had to consider that before choosing hard drive.

    • by GrahamCox (741991)
      I recently digitised my entire CD collection (about 400 discs) to HD losslessly. It used 16% of the space. I don't have that many DVDs.
    • Re:not so fast (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Trevin (570491) on Friday February 25, 2011 @02:33AM (#35309784) Homepage

      I considered that, but I have over a dozen LTO-4 tapes. Do you realize how many DVD's worth of data will fit on a single LTO-4?

  • by JBMcB (73720)

    Bubble memory, wafer tape, and disk packs.

  • By byte, most of my active storage is on hard disks and backed up to removable hard disks. That's mostly because I've got large repositiories of digital images that I really should cull someday. By file count and importance, probably most of my active storage is now on line, in the back rooms of my web sites, accessable through wikkawiki front ends. Backup is dual: I count on the host's automated backup for dailies and use their tools to do a downloadable dump every month or so.

  • by Pentium100 (1240090) on Thursday February 24, 2011 @04:24PM (#35304384)

    About 3TB on ~10 hard drives and about 2.1TB on tape (mostly LTO1, some LTO2 and DDS4). About 830GB on DVDs. However, I also have a lot of music on records and tapes (both cassettes and R2R) and a lot of video recordings on VHS, but all those do not count, since they are analog, so there is no way to measure them in bytes.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Nobody cares.

    • by morcego (260031)

      Ugh, DDS4 ... Are you sure those are still usable ? Never seen any storage media fail so often as DDS tapes. I usually consider HD as the backup of the data on a DDS.

      • I still use DDS3 at home, letting Amanda balance the backups so that only about 12GB are backed up each night. I bought a DDS3 drive way back when and a bunch of tapes for it. When the drive died, a DDS4 drive was way cheaper than any other tape system and I could re-use my tapes. I replace them with DDS4 media as they become unreadable, but that's actually pretty rare.

        I certainly wouldn't buy a new DDS drive today, and if this one dies, I'm changing to a totally different system. Until that day comes, thou

        • I use DDS for backup because it is slower than LTO. Not all of my computers can provide the 8MB/s that LTO needs when reading lots of tiny files (which is usually what is in the system drives) over network. I use LTO mostly for archiving.

          • Well, that comes back to Amanda. Its default operation is to spool dump files in a directory on the backup server, then feed the tape drive from the local files. You can spend an hour copying /usr from a SPARCstation without shoeshining your LTO./p

  • Most by what metric? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Krakadoom (1407635) on Thursday February 24, 2011 @04:27PM (#35304476)
    By volume most of my storage is paper
    By importance most of my storage is DNA and cellular
    By data amount most of my storage is (sadly) dangerously failure prone magnetic disks.
    • by Unipuma (532655)

      Actually, you can be fairly sure that by data amount, your DNA still wins over the magnetic disks.
      Your neurons might store more, so that's still in the wet-works.

      • "Actually, you can be fairly sure that by data amount, your DNA still wins over the magnetic disks."

        I haven't met anybody that owns a disk with lesss than a few hundred kB of size in ages...

  • If readonly media counts, then DVDs by far (at least while my raid is offline!). I count ~85 stargate dvds and ~50 star trek dvds, which come to ~675GB (assuming single-layer dvds), and that's just those two shows. Add a few disks of other series, and some films, and a stash of games, and it quickly will rise to quite a lot.

    Once my raid is back online it's ~1.5TB of storage, so I'm not sure which I would vote then.

  • by DarthVain (724186) on Thursday February 24, 2011 @05:05PM (#35305222)

    and I don't need any storage devices!

    • by Kosi (589267)

      Not even biological ones? Vacuum data storage, great! Where do I get that?

  • DNA ^W Keyboard
  • My Brain (Score:4, Informative)

    by under_score (65824) <(moc.gietreb) (ta) (todhsals-nikhsim)> on Thursday February 24, 2011 @05:17PM (#35305426) Homepage
    Most of my storage is in my brain. I'm pretty sure that even with 3+ TB of disk based storage, my brain is bigger, and it's certainly more active :-) I had to vote "obscure", but I'm not sure that's an accurate description of my brain!
    • Sure it's obscure - your brain is the only one in existence. There's a lot of *human* brains out there but only one of *yours*.

      And if you need a car analogy, I have one at the ready!

      • by clonan (64380)

        The same could be said of Hard Drives...

        There are a lot out there but only 1 (ok well 12) are mine.

        Therefore not quite as obscure as his brain but pretty close...

    • by artor3 (1344997)

      That was my first thought as well, but then I'm not sure if it's really true. I mean, I've got about 8 TB of harddrives at home, and a few more TB at work. Can my brain really hold that much? It's hard to say. How much space would a memory really take up? They definitely use lossy compression (very lossy!), so my gut says they're not as big as we'd think.

  • Unfortunately, that hard disk is still in the desktop machine I threw out last month!
  • I have around 1000 hours of music on LP and my harddrive is 160GB. Guess it is about the same at 320kbps mp3...
  • That depends which machine you ask. I have a fileserver at home with a few TB of hard drive space. From its perspective, most of my storage is on a hard drive. For desktop machines on my home LAN, a lot of files are on local drives while a huge shared pool of stuff is on the network. From my iPod's point of view, 32GB of my storage is on local flash media while the other 99% is on a WebDAV server somewhere (namely, that home fileserver).

    So, my files (like almost everyone else's) are on hard drives, but very rarely are those drives in the machine I'm actually using at the moment.

  • Yeah, that squishy thing between your ears. You can STORE DATA IN THERE!!! Well, maybe most people can't these days...

    • i dont think my brain could equal the amount of information my HDDs could hold, considering i have easily over 10 TB of active/usable storage on spinning platters

      • Probably not. Estimates of the human brain's storage capacity vary widely, ranging from 100 TB (1x10^14 bytes) right on up to the highest estimate I've seen published at 3x10^19 bytes (zetabytes IIRC). So chances are hard drives aren't even close yet, though they may well get there in a few more generations of technology...

  • Apart from my brain, which is an assumption as I honestly don't know what its capacity is, I'd say platter hard drives no contest. And likely will be for the foreseeable future. I don't own any LP records. My CD collection never eclipsed about 120 CDs. My DVD collection (including television series) maybe got to 200 DVDs. The only 'cloud' storage I have is my Gmail and Picasa gallery, which combined are likely less than 2GB. I recently received a RevoDrive, 120 GB, but haven't even opened the box yet. And i

  • The smallest "archive" hard drive I have is 250 Gigs - pulled out in favor of 320 Gigs and those now being pulled out in favor of 1 and 2 Terabyte drives.

    I probably have several hundred tapes from 60Megs to 1 G - but also have more new Terabytes sitting on the shelf, not even connected than they add up to. And that's counting the box of 3200bpi mainframe tapes in the basement (about to be bulk-erased and sold/given away)

    The actually rotating Disk adds up to something well North of 30 Terabytes - and tha

  • Yeah, I know this is an computer hardware question, so I checked hard disk. But in terms of being "active" and "available", my most significant bits of information is stored between the ears: wetware []. Really, most of the information I have stored on hard/optical/flash disk is information that I could afford to lose since I can Google or download them again. I can ill afford a neural systems crash.
  • hdd: 820GB
    flash+microsd: ~30GB
    optical: lots but none active/available
    tape: 0
    online: ~500MB

    hard drives beat the shit out of everything else in capacity.

  • I'm storing all my stuff in my brain, using newly-acquired techniques discussed in yesterday's article about memory athletes (I'm not putting a link in because I can't remember the exact title or location....)
  • While most of my inactive (as in, open less than once a month) storage is on harddisk, the currently active storage is my Dropbox folder - present on harddisk on work and home PC, on SSD in my netbook and phone, and all of it backed up online. Since I consider this all just one storage spread over multiple media, there's no single option for me to pick.

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