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As 2012 comes to a halt, my data takes up ...

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Less than 1GB
  671 votes / 2%
Between 1GB and 500GB
  4933 votes / 19%
Between 500GB and 1TB
  3949 votes / 15%
Between 1TB and 5TB
  9846 votes / 39%
Between 5TB and 10TB
  2938 votes / 11%
10TB or more
  1790 votes / 7%
But it's IN THE CLOUD!
  939 votes / 3%
25066 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Most of that is (in order of largest to smallest):
    1) uncompressed HD live-air recordings of television programs (most of Lost, Laker games, etc...) 2) Blu-ray movie rips 3) Music 4) Porn

    It's interesting that porn is now the low man on the totem-pole, data-wise.

    • by linear a (584575)
      Getting old will do that.
      • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 26, 2012 @06:44PM (#42398913)
        Getting a girlfriend will do that.
        • Getting a girlfriend will do that.

          Getting a girlfriend to do that... priceless.

    • by Dahamma (304068) on Wednesday December 26, 2012 @06:51PM (#42398969)

      I seriously doubt you are storing *uncompressed* HD recordings.

      OTA HD is already highly compressed MPEG-2. Uncompressed HD video is ~200-400GB/hour depending on 720p vs 1080i. So one 1080i Lakers game would be about a terabyte by itself :)

      • Yep. He probably meant "unrecompressed".
    • Re:Around 3-4 TB... (Score:4, Informative)

      by Sique (173459) on Thursday December 27, 2012 @03:29PM (#42405687) Homepage
      I never had a storage for porn, actually. I didn't see the point. Whenever I feel the need for porn, there is enough out there, no need to actually collect it.
      • Mah, getting full scenes particularly if you are looking for a particular scene can be hard. You might find it then a couple months later look for it and it has been DMCA'd out of existence. Why waste another 10 min searching only to be disappointed when you could just save the thing in the first place? Don't need to save everything but a few for the slow web days never hurts (until it does ... but then you can't really call it a slow day right?).

  • By "your data" (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 26, 2012 @01:18PM (#42395811)

    By "your data", do you mean the data I own and use, or the data the marketing monkeys have accumulated about me?

    • ...Or the data that simply resides on my storage? Is OS included? Installed applications? Games? Only personal stuff? Family stuff too?

      • Re:By "your data" (Score:5, Interesting)

        by Kjella (173770) on Wednesday December 26, 2012 @04:48PM (#42397815) Homepage

        I figured it was as simple as my data is whatever that is not somebody else's data, and how much it takes up means it's space used not unique data. My breakdown:

        Total: ~12 TB
        Single copies of various entertainment: ~6.5TB
        Hard to find things: 2x ~2TB
        Personal things: 2x ~500GB + partially offsite

        The 6.5 TB I basically consider a cache to the Internet, and I'm probably wouldn't replace it if the disk crashed but if I've already downloaded it... why not put it on a 3 TB drive in case I want to watch it again. I guess I'll probably have to do some house cleaning soon since I only have 500GB free, or maybe I'll just add another disk as it's usually less hassle. The good thing about being a digital hoarder is that it can still usually fit in a maxi-tower...

        • by arth1 (260657)

          Rainbow tables and online backups take up an awful lot of space.
          Between my three servers, I easily go past 20 TB, and that's not counting backup tapes, DVDs and other offline storage, nor PCs and laptops.

        • Counting disk space in use, we get slightly past the 10TB level (over 5TB on the media server/file server, less than 0.5TB on the web server, and 0.5-2TB on each of our 4 PC/laptops at home). However, the disk space in use is more than double that if our backup disks are taken into account.
    • by Hentes (2461350)

      Also, does the data you licence count?

    • I like the working definition of "your data" being that which is somehow uniquely photos, videos, documents, audio, code, art, logs, etc.

      Everything else is just a local cache of something which is not "your" data.

      • by jedidiah (1196)

        If the original media is part of my personal property then it's still "my" data.

        I bought it. I own it. It's mine. Personal property rights for the unwashed masses still means something at least for the time being.

        • I think the point was that what we usually consider "our" data is what's worth backing up. I own my Steam titles and the songs I've purchased from various online services, but I have no reason to bother backing them up since I can easily re-download any of them direct from the source on demand. I own my OSes, but I never back up my system drive because it's almost as easy to just reinstall these days with image-based installers loaded to USB drives.

          Sure, if by slight chance one of these services happens t

        • You don't own that media, you have no property rights with regards to the media, you have purchased the right to use it and been given a physical copy of the media to facilitate that.

    • by Xtifr (1323)

      And moreover, are we limiting this to computer files? What about my music CDs (both pressed and burned)? Do those count? I have a huge collection of live concert recordings in high-quality (never been subject to lossy-compression)--most originally from DAT. Also, DVDs.

      What about books? Sure, text is compact, but I have a lot. And what about comic books? If I digitized those, they'd probably take up a fair amount of storage. Especially if I wanted to retain anything near the quality they have now.

  • and some of it is in the (a) cloud. The location of the data isn't the question. Oh, right another dumb ass spouting of an insult that underscores their ignorance.

    Well done.

    • by pla (258480)
      The location of the data isn't the question. Oh, right another dumb ass spouting of an insult that underscores their ignorance.

      Inorite? Cloud, local - All the same thing, effectively. These whiners need to STFU.

      Now me, I kept all my backups on Sure, I can't get to them at present... But hey, what more could I ask than having my backups under the direct care of the FBI?
      • The only cloud I trust is the one providing the rain that's feeding my torrent client...

      • by geekoid (135745)

        Of course it's not the same thing, but it's not about local, it's about the total amount of data.
        "As 2012 comes to a halt, my data takes up"

        Where does that imply location?

        I have no idea why your megaload statement is relevant.

  • I have ~350gb of photos and video from the past 8 years but I have it stored in 2 locations, does that count at 700gb?

    • by KarlIsNotMyName (1529477) on Wednesday December 26, 2012 @02:19PM (#42396431)

      I have 2 bits.

    • I have ~350gb of photos and video from the past 8 years but I have it stored in 2 locations, does that count at 700gb?

      I've got intentional redundant copies, too. I don't think they count, even though the digital space they consume does count in terms of data, money and mass. But I've almost certainly got redundant copies of photos and video that I've saved in multiple locations, but not necessarily intentionally. Does that count? Does it only count if I know for sure that they're redundant, or whether or not I do? Is it a Schrodinger's Cat like situation?

  • is bigger than your eData.
  • Microsoft and I are still at odds over what's really mine.
  • I used to have about 1 TB spread across 3 hard drives. But then streaming video became easier and I no longer had to download all of my porn. Now I have about 50 GB.

    • by jedidiah (1196)

      Streaming video services still provide inferior quality, inferior features, inferior user interfaces, and are subject to network outtages.

      Local copies and physical media are going away no time soon for those of us that are more demanding or more discriminating.

  • by mandark1967 (630856) on Wednesday December 26, 2012 @01:42PM (#42396073) Homepage Journal

    on servers in eastern Europe and the Balkans. See? The s'kiddies think they "got me", but I'm just using them for off-site storage.

  • by boarder8925 (714555) <thegreentrilby@g ... minus cat> on Wednesday December 26, 2012 @01:57PM (#42396231) Homepage
    I'm pretty much shit at organizing my files, so they're spread across different external hard drives, and sometimes even thumbdrives. I have no idea how much space all my data takes up.
    • The solution to that is Git-Annex: []

      $ git annex whereis memento.mp4
      whereis memento.mp4 (2 copies)
            443cc906-4fb3-11e2-9e43-b782e66f60c4 -- origin (vps)
            cab9d7a2-4fb4-11e2-8d16-bf096b4f9875 -- here (laptop)

    • ..I had so few files.
      I checked with ALSI and I was *surprised* that I had 27 full GiB of personal files.
      Then I read the all these TB-scale comments...

      If you include the operating systems, I have about 50 GiB.

  • Do I count just the RCMP, or do I include CSIS, FBI, the NSA, and DoubleClick? I dislike badly worded polls almost as much as bad number ranges.
    • by Cederic (9623)

      Go on, impress us: Provide a breakdown by each. Could you include GCHQ, Mossad and the FSB too.

      If you're feeling really brave, throw in Amazon and Google.

  • Total ~150G... guess that's low end of the scale these days. :-)

    But the funny thing is: what I consider most important, are also the smallest files. What takes up the most space (movies, in my case) is also the stuff that I wouldn't care much about if it were lost, and/or is easy to re-create from original media.

    Bottom line: what really matters, is a small subset that easily fits on an USB stick. And has done so for a number of years now (and my backup strategy reflects that). So who cares about all th

    • yeah, I have smaller versions of my collection for smaller drives, with the most important stuff being on the smaller drives for the most part. It's amazing how little space the personal documents use up compared to the music collection.
      7.46GB USB drive (5.22GB used), 74.5GB main hard drive (67.1GB used), 849GB secondary hard drive (302GB used, including a backup of the main hard drive)

  • by Ptolom (2191478)

    I took it to mean the contents of my home dir. I think pretty much everything I would call "my data" is in there somewhere. Takes up 150GB.

  • On my two home computers. Most are used up by videos. :(

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Ripping my DVD collection to hard drive as I type this. After that I start scanning my technical books and saving them in pdf format.


  • My data is very little. Most of what people call "my data" isn't all that unique. Pictures and documents mostly. I actually have very little data, because I trim it and don't keep the 1000s of pictures I snap because only a few are worth keeping*. Most of my unique data is text based, or stuck in a database somewhere, and doesn't even approach 1 GB.

    People are packrats, and keep everything and think everything they have is "unique", when it is not unique at all.

    • *Pictures worth keeping = pictures I use or view on any regular basis. Pictures of scenery and stuff aren't all that unique. Pictures with people and situations are unique, but planned pictures are boring.

  • Data at home? Not counting music, about a gig and a half. If you add the music I'm over 100 GB. I'm not sure if music counts as 'data'.

    Data at work? Over 1000 TB, and in the cloud.

  • Then it's around 4,5TB (including TV-series, movies, porn, games etc)

    If it's the important stuff: 780MB (backup of mails since 2001 + textfiles + 3 spreadsheets)
  • Less than 500Gb. Should I start generating random binary data to catch up?
  • I have well over that.
    However /actual important data/ which is effectively priceless or irreplacable?

    I believe it's somewhere around 20gb.

  • The poll becomes quickly unbalanced when you realize "your data" REALLY needs to encompass not just data on your computer, but also ever CD, DVD and BluRay you own. Those things are yours, they hold data that you purchased to own and that by law you can re-sell. So it counts.

  • Home:
    ~2TB total
    120GB of that is in my backup set (the DVR files aren't worth backing up)

    ~90TB raw storage in my primary array
    ~70TB used at primary site
    ~19.5TB in the backup set

  • by drwho (4190)

    I keep my data, with strong encryption, in /dev/random

  • I have two 80 GB physical hard drives: C and D. All my software is loaded onto C. All my data get written to D.

    During my weekly backups, I backup C to D and D to C. If one fails, I can restore onto a new hard drive. Actually, I divide the backups as follows:

    On D:
    C Windows
    C State and Desktop
    C non-Windows software

    On C:
    D non-photo data
    D photos

    In a cycle of backups, I do one complete and the rest incremental. I retain two complete cycles of complete and incremental of each. Encrypted copies of all backups

  • Although, I could be a smartarse: my genetic code would only take up about 100GB, add on another 10% maybe for epigenetic markers.

    Most of the 300GB is music, photos and TV/Movies. Probably games as well, and a very small proportion of it being text based assignments. Extrapolating from the size of a HTML version of War and Peace, I've probably got another GB or two on my bookshelf, which is actually the data I enjoy the most.

    I'd also be curious as to how much "data" the memories and behaviour patterns that

  • A good exercise is to move all your data into a big enough external hard drive (make another mirror if cautious). Then over the next months, you pull data back from there whenever you need it. The idea is to see how much of your stuff you really miss, and what is junk that you actually never need.

  • ... as in stuff generated by me, that I need to back up - it's currently sitting around 70 GB in raw photos.

    other stuff like source code doesn't even rate a mention.

    I'm not counting media libraries, which is other-person generated content I can re-retrieve from elsewhere.

  • I have 2.4 TB worth of data. I've recently been moving all of my data from a WHS to a 2012 Essentials server. I liked the idea of having a domain in my home, and switching from mirroring to "parity" (RAID-5) seemed like a good move for my long term data plans. I've got hundreds of DVD movies. I've started backing up Blu-Rays, and those are taking 8-15GB each compressed. My biggest problem now has actually been moving the data from one box to the other. I don't have enough cash to buy all new hard disk
  • My data is spread out over backup drives sitting the garage, current external backup, network backup to a NAS, laptops, desktops, etc. You name a backup or storage method, and I'm sure I have some once-important but now forgotten data on it somewhere in storage. I think I have a Zip disc or two. Still have a stack of 3.5 floppy with an old project on there.

    I can see my self on "Hoarders."
    "Next up on Hoarders, he can't seem to throw away any sort of data."
    "Dad, you have 18 copies of Windows XP."
    "But I nee

  • At roughly 35 miles high per TB... assuming no compression... My data reaches nicely past the Mesophere.. into Outer SPAAACCEEE ! Of course if those Gazillion punched cards got sucked into the jet stream, the resultant shade would blot out the sun and cause global cooling on a massive scale. Hmm...

  • I kept all my backups in an SVN repo on Good times.

  • by jsepeta (412566)
    have no idea how much space I'm wasting on crap I'll never look at again.
  • Well if it's data about me (i.e. movies I've made of events, photos, copies of movies that I have around etc etc), then it's a few TB. But if it's data that I actively use, then the whole of LHC recorded data would add to it taking it to a bunch of PB instead, but that's not just mine (though I could take the analysis skims that I've created, those could be maybe listed as mine, that's a few hundred TB).

    Decided to vote for the 1-5TB one still :P

  • Over the past 15 years I've taken 627,212,222,126 bytes of photos, and short movies with my various cameras. I've given up on using RAW files, and now stick with basic JPEG compression, so the rate of accumulation is fairly stable. I'm now able to fit it all in a laptop drive, and the mirror of it fits nicely in a single USB external drive.

    Assuming I don't go nuts with video, storage continues to get bigger and cheaper at at least 25%/year, and laptops don't get completely obsoleted, I'll always have my pho

  • I have about a gig of data, but the items that hold that data have overheads totalling over 15GB

  • I've got over 2TB of backed up DVD files that I'm storing. I want to continue through my collection, but I've found that I'll need quite a bit more space. I don't really have the cash to shell out for storage, and the more time I invest in ripping, the more I feel that I should have better backups of the ripped content. I am using RAID 5, but once I switch from 1TB to bigger drives, they are much less reliable. Has anyone had good success with some kind of online video streaming? I don't want to repay
  • Personal, less than a terabyte.

    Work, petabytes bitches!

  • 7x1.5TB drive raid6 i've had two drives fail at once - raid6 saved me nicely. as backup, the data is rsynced slowly to a friend's house across the country, where it is on a 10x1TB raid6 using usb-hdds & a laptop
  • 2012 isn't over yet, and I'm still in the process of ripping all my bluray discs to my 10TB NAS to be playable over XBMC. Ahh holidays!

  • I've got about 1 TB of "data" but a whole lot of it is stuff that isn't important (old ISOs of Linux distros I tried out back in 2005, a .exe of a tech demo back in 2008, etc.) and even more is redundant (music that I've got stored both on physical CD, on the "cloud", on 3 of my computers, and on my Micro-SD card for my phone). So I'd say I've got about 10-20 GB of actually important stuff that is useful and much of that is redundant also (saved on multiple HDDs on different computers along with online) eve

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