Notebook HDD Progress Disappointing

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 10:00
Category: hard drive

Last year I upgraded my PowerBook G4 hard drive from the stock 40GB drive to an 80GB drive. At the time 100GB drives were available, but their cost in comparison to the 80GB models was steep just for an extra 20GB. I figured that I’d have plenty of room with an 80GB drive.
Now, it is one year later and this past week I found myself getting the dreaded “Your hard disk is almost full” message. Now the process has begun where I have to start weeding out the MB heavy junk that I never use, but like to have around just in case. First to go was about 6GB (!) of audio files that I recorded with my RadioShark. Now I find myself having to go through iPhoto and trash all of those not-so-hot shots. That is a real pain.
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Contributed by: SCULLEY


Last year I upgraded my PowerBook G4 hard drive from the stock 40GB drive to an 80GB drive. At the time 100GB drives were available, but their cost in comparison to the 80GB models was steep just for an extra 20GB. I figured that I’d have plenty of room with an 80GB drive.
Now, it is one year later and this past week I found myself getting the dreaded “Your hard disk is almost full” message. Now the process has begun where I have to start weeding out the MB heavy junk that I never use, but like to have around just in case. First to go was about 6GB (!) of audio files that I recorded with my RadioShark. Now I find myself having to go through iPhoto and trash all of those not-so-hot shots. That is a real pain.
Sure I could just dump it all onto my new external 250GB drive, but I bought that for the purposes of backing up my entire drive, my sister’s new iMac, and a friend’s new MacBook. Yes, I have 40GB of iTunes (10GB of which is probably lectures I may never listen to). Yes, I have kept more photos than is really necessary. And yes, I like to have all of my stuff on one internal drive. There just seems to be something wrong with having an external drive for music, photos etc. Too many things to misplace, I guess. Too many things to forget to bring along, or just bring along in the the first place.
Now I find myself in the unfortunate position of not being ready or interested in upgrading to a MacBook Pro yet (read: bought an internal DL DVD burner last year too – and why bother if an MBP *only* comes with a 120GB drive), and also realizing that before the year is out I am either going to have to make some decisions regarding external storage of photos and/or upgrading to another bigger HDD.
I know that there are now 160GB HDD’s out there, but I really wonder if the US$400 or so is worth it, if only a year from now I find myself in the same position that I am in now – given that I may be picking up a DSLR in addition to the 6MP fun camera I just bought – and by the way love shooting “little” movies with.
Perpendicular drives have given a needed boost to portable HDD capacity, but it just does not strike me as being enough. As time passes, my storage needs seem to be quickly outstripping what the industry is currently providing us with. Gotta go…my hard disk is almost full.
Contributed by: SCULLEY

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