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Data, Data, Data and again Data.

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    Ion Todirel

    hey niners,

    maybe is a stupid question, if so, please tell me. How do you organize your data (music (how many music do you have? (what is you prefered genre?)), movies, photos, documents) on your HDD?, how many HDD you have, what capacity?

    I don't have so many, 2 x 120G SATA (Seagate).

    - 40G Music (+Clips). (Phisicaly organized by: Type (Albums/Songs/Artists/Clips) - Genre - Style).
    - 60G Movies (organized by Type (Presentation/Movies/Trailes ...) - Genre (only movies))
    - How about books, how do you organize it?
    - Documens?

    EDIT: Clips.Size = 12G;

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    wikka

    all these are approximates..
    120GB Audio (music, audiobooks)
    200GB Videos (mostly junk i haven't gotten around to viewing yet)
    40GB eBooks (Tech ebooks, Novels, magazines)
    plus "other stuff" Smiley

    This is the view from my workstation
    http://www.lotek.net/junk/totaltb.gif

    And that's the config on my "file server"
    http://www.lotek.net/junk/diskconfig.gif

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    Ion Todirel

    wikka wrote:

    all these are approximates..
    120GB Audio (music, audiobooks)
    200GB Videos (mostly junk i haven't gotten around to viewing yet)
    40GB eBooks (Tech ebooks, Novels, magazines)
    plus "other stuff"

    This is the view from my workstation
    http://www.lotek.net/junk/totaltb.gif

    And that's the config on my "file server"
    http://www.lotek.net/junk/diskconfig.gif



    nice, how do you organize data on this HDDs?

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    Ion Todirel

    so niners, you don't have a HDD!? still old floppy?

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    littleguru

    I have a laptop with an big external HDD. The thing runs over USB 2.0 and works very well Smiley And I use folders to organize my music, pictures, etc.

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    Yggdrasil

    Ion Todirel wrote:
    maybe is a stupid question, if so, please tell me. How do you organize your data (music (how many music do you have? (what is


    I tend to be as pedantic on my harddrive as I am a slob in real-life. Smiley

    My music directory (~55Gb) is arranged by Artist\Album.
    My media directory, mostly containing videos, clips from TV shows and sound bytes, is arranged by subject (TV, Movies, Comics) and then by title.
    TV shows and movies are usually burned to DVDs as quickly as possible, since they aren't on-demand like music. Things I'm currently watching will be arranged by Title\Season.

    Things get really messy with the rest.

    D:\Stuff
    D:\Stuff\Read (ebooks and such)
    D:\Stuff\Write (my My Documents dir)
    D:\Stuff\Play   (games. Mostly old sharewares. Nothing newer than 1999 Smiley
    D:\Stuff\Play\Cheats\
    D:\Stuff\Play\Manuals\
    D:\Stuff\Play\Patches\
    D:\Stuff\Play\Games\   (The games themselves)
    D:\Stuff\Play\Games\Rogue-Like
    D:\Stuff\Play\Games\RPG
    D:\Stuff\Play\Games\Turn-Based
    .
    .
    .
    See?
    .
    .
    D:\Stuff\Do   (Apps)
    D:\Stuff\Do\Programming
    D:\Stuff\Do\Graphics
    D:\STuff\Do\Internet\P2P
    D:\STuff\Do\Internet\IM
    .
    .
    .
    D:\Stuff\Roleplay\CharacterSheets
    D:\Stuff\Roleplay\Alvarium   (That's my long-running Ars Magica game)
    D:\Stuff\Roleplay\Amber    (Another good campaign)
    .
    .

    The problem is, I sort of gave up on hoarding stuff a few years ago. I still carry all those directories with me, but I hardly add anything anymore. Broadband has gotten faster, so most things can be easily found on the internet.

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    littleguru

    It's the same here. I don't have so much stuff. I hardly filled half of my 250 GB external hard drive (most is Microsoft stuff, like WinFX previews, Longhorn images, VS images). If I need something I go to the internet and download it...

    The games are on DVD or CD (as they came when I bought them) and I have not much music...

    Edit: A well, my writing and documents are put into the My Documents folder. But I changed that to point at C:\Chris. I hate that companies (for example newer games, ICQ, Skype, ...) put their save files and stuff into that folder.

    What happened to Documents and Settings? That's the place to put the data, not my folder...

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    Harlequin

    I'm grabbing one of those network TB(1TB or 2TB) drives with next years Xmas bonus. LaCie makes nice ones, if anyone can recommend another brand...

    Already up to 350GB or so of mp3's, need a nice central place for them Cool

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    Ion Todirel

    littleguru wrote:
    and I have not much music...

    Edit: A well, my writing and documents are put into the My Documents folder. What happened to Documents and Settings? That's the place to put the data, not my folder...


    Sad (for music), you don't have a desktop? seams that we both need a new storage system.

    i disagree with, what's happen if windows crush? i store all my docs on a 5G partition "work"\Documents, i also store here .NET projects and source repository.

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    Ion Todirel

    Harlequin wrote:
    I'm grabbing one of those network TB(1TB or 2TB) drives with next years Xmas bonus. LaCie makes nice ones, if anyone can recommend another brand...

    Already up to 350GB or so of mp3's, need a nice central place for them


    what's wrong with Seagate?

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    SlackmasterK

    Ion Todirel wrote:

    hey niners,

    maybe is a stupid question, if so, please tell me. How do you organize your data (music (how many music do you have? (what is you prefered genre?)), movies, photos, documents) on your HDD?, how many HDD you have, what capacity?

    I don't have so many, 2 x 120G SATA (Seagate).

    - 40G Music (+Clips). (Phisicaly organized by: Type (Albums/Songs/Artists/Clips) - Genre - Style).
    - 60G Movies (organized by Type (Presentation/Movies/Trailes ...) - Genre (only movies))
    - How about books, how do you organize it?
    - Documens?

    EDIT: Clips.Size = 12G;


    Num drives = 9.  300 + 120 + (6x120) + 20. The 20 is exclusively for temp and swap files.

    I:\MP3 = 5720 files @23.4 GB . Favorites include Alice Deejay and Kylie Minogue.

    I:\Movies = 160 files @122 GB.

    L:\Pics = 5703 files @2.27 GB.

    L:\Porn = 2789 Files @ 5.73 GB (Conglomerate of pics and videos).

    L:\Docs = 3010 Files @ 1.44 GB

    Music is organized by (artist/band) \ Album \ TrackName.mp3 When tracks aren't measured as part of an album, I skip that level of structure.

    Movies are organized by Genre \ MovieName.avi . Books are lumped together under \Books\Manuals and \Books\Other . I have little use for them.

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    SlackmasterK

    oh yeah...
    L:\Music Videos\ = 190 files @ 7.99 GB
    L:\Vids\ = 822 files @ 23.2 GB

    Vids includes as many C9 vids as I've been able to collect.

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    SlackmasterK

    Actually I use disk labels for my organization. My scheme allows me to press the first letter of a drive's label (the drive letter itself) to switch keyboard focus directly to that drive.  Examples:

    C 20 System
    D 20 Temp+Swap
    E 1 Thumbdrive
    F [CDR]
    G [DVD+-R]
    H 120 Temp
    I 300 Media
    J 120 SoftwareImages
    L 120 Media2
    M 120 Software
    N 92 Vista

    etc.

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    Ion Todirel

    SlackmasterK: ...

    Good idea enum drives (~):

    C"win"    25G, installed apps
    D"new"   5G,   some unsorted stuff, now i need to remove it   
    E"store"  50G, software (MSDN, VS, Apps)
    F"work"   5G,   docs
    G"media" 140G, clips, music, movies, pictures, books and a lot of 
                              unsorted music (+50G). Here Astral Projection & 
                              Man With No Name rocks!!! 
     
    EDIT: "" on drive label don't means nothing, its not part of label

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    DoomBringer

    I have 4 hard drives:
    80gb @ 7200 RPM, PATA connector
    72gb @ 10k RPM, SATA
    250gb @ 7200 RPM, SATA
    8gb @ ??? RPM, PATA

    The 80gb is my miscellaneous games and media drive.  All music and videos go there.
    72gb is for Boot, high perf games (SC4, Doom3, Q4, etc)
    250gb is for whatever, need to start using it
    8gb is for junk.  Anything that can be deleted in a pinch.

    I have 2 more 8gb drives that I need to mount in a RAID to recover their data.  Hopefully.  I have a laptop drive that weighs in around 30gb I need an adaptor for, and finally I have a USB enclosure for another 13gb drive.

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    DCMonkey

    2x 120GB 7200RPM drives.

    C: has I use the standard My Docs, Pictures, Videos, pus a huge Downloads folder

    D: has VirtualPC images, ProTools sessions, DVD projects and possible a few Vista/Longhorn ISOs

    I think I have approx 30GB of music, almost all ripped from my own purchased CDs. It's organized by Artist/Album with some of it divided into data CD sized chunks as I used to use a CD mp3 player in the car. I now have a 60GB Creative Zen player with all that music on it

    I'm not sure what is taking up the rest of that space [A]

    I recently bought a 200GB Maxtor NAS to stream that music to my Roku Soundbridge without having to run the crappy MS Windows Media Connect server (damn thing scans your whole collection every time you boot) or have my PC on, but I'm having problems with it so it might go back to the store.



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    SlackmasterK

    DoomBringer wrote:
    I have 4 hard drives:
    80gb @ 7200 RPM, PATA connector
    72gb @ 10k RPM, SATA
    250gb @ 7200 RPM, SATA
    8gb @ ??? RPM, PATA

    The 80gb is my miscellaneous games and media drive.  All music and videos go there.
    72gb is for Boot, high perf games (SC4, Doom3, Q4, etc)
    250gb is for whatever, need to start using it
    8gb is for junk.  Anything that can be deleted in a pinch.

    I have 2 more 8gb drives that I need to mount in a RAID to recover their data.  Hopefully.  I have a laptop drive that weighs in around 30gb I need an adaptor for, and finally I have a USB enclosure for another 13gb drive.


    I'd guess the 8GB is 5400RPM, like most drives from that era.  The ones that were faster usually mentioned so on the label, I believe.

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    AdityaG

    littleguru wrote:
    It's the same here. I don't have so much stuff. I hardly filled half of my 250 GB external hard drive (most is Microsoft stuff, like WinFX previews, Longhorn images, VS images). If I need something I go to the internet and download it...

    The games are on DVD or CD (as they came when I bought them) and I have not much music...

    Edit: A well, my writing and documents are put into the My Documents folder. But I changed that to point at C:\Chris. I hate that companies (for example newer games, ICQ, Skype, ...) put their save files and stuff into that folder.

    What happened to Documents and Settings? That's the place to put the data, not my folder...


    "My Documents" just points to C:\Documents and Settings\[Username], but apps usually only can query "Where is 'My Documents'?" and the OS answers "C:\Chris" in your case. I think you should just make a different shortcut to your documents instead of making a registry change.

    I do the following. My C: drive is installed programs only, there is no data of mine on there.

    D: drive is all data. organized as

    D:\Documents
    D:\Downloads
    D:\Work
    - D:\Web
    - D:\Programming
    - D:\Music
    - D:\Modelling (and animation and 3d stuff in general)
    D:\Music
    D:\Photos

    I find it works well, since I know where my stuff is and where the system stuff is. And if I need to reformat windows or upgrade or maybe share just my files partition on a linux install, I can just work with my D: drive and not care what happens to C: (since I can jsut reinstall windows and install my programs without losing data).

    Cheers,
    Aditya

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