History:-

About 5 years back I had built my first box.It had an Intel Pentium III @ 933Mhz processor , 256 Ram and had 40GB Seagate Harddrive and it used to run Windows Me. My requirement duing that time was quite less so 40GB used to be quite big. Since then I have built two more boxes having different processors, ram, graphics card etc but one thing remained common in all of them. That one thing was my 40GB Seagate Drive. Recently the drive died with it being very old. I will be honest but I saw this coming and luckily I had backed all my 40 GB of data on DVD-R’s. The day the drive died, I ordered another harddrive. It was a Seagate Barracuda 160GB SATA drive.

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Fast Forward Today:-

I am running Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition which I got free as I am an active beta tester. I test more than 20 softwares of Microsoft alone plus softwares from other companies. I have more than 10 different virtual OS installations which are used regularly for testing different softwares for bugs. So my diskspace requirement is quite high. Besides i also use Windows Media Centre with my xbox360 so my pc also records all my tv shows and movies when i am not around. Ofcourse the data is moved regularly with junk being deleted and other content being archived in some part of the hdd. I have more than 20 GB of music which is often streamed to the xbox360 so that I can listen when I am playing games.

I have more than 2000 digital photographs plus about 20 home made videos which consume about 5 GB space.

Orignal DVD’s are also ripped and encoded and are kept in the harddrive so that they can be streamed to any part of the house easily. This Pc also acts as a server hence it stores many db’s too.

This is the breakdown of my 160GB HDD [Only 149GB can be used]

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C:\ = The entire drive has been given to Windows Vista, other softwares and game installations.

D:\ = All My photographs, videos and other documents are stored in it.

E:\ = This drive is dedicated to Media Centre for recording any tv/movie/music etc, the data is cycled. I also store my other beta softwares, virtual OS’es etc over there.

With the installation size and the size of the media content increasing rapidly it will only be a matter of time before I run out of diskspace which means I might have to buy a new hard drive. With the requirements of the Operating System increasing rapidly in the near future the entire 160GB harddrive could be dedicated to the Operating System.