3 movies and 3 albums at the same time, depends on the size of the movie. Is that a blu-ray (single layer 25GB, dual layer (industry standard) 50GB, triple layer 100GB, or quadruple layer 128GB) movie or a DVD (4.7GB) movie?
The movies will use up most or all of the chrome book memory.
Keep in mind the chrome book spec is 2 GB DDR3, and 16 GB of SDD, and 100GB on the cloud.
If the download speed is 92Mbps and the upload speed is 11Mbps, the bottle neck will be on the upload to the cloud unless you get an external drive for the chrome book.
USB 2.0 transfer speed is 480Mbps, and USB 3.0 transfer speed is 4.8Gbps. This speed is for comparison only, speed may vary by the speed of the system's bus. Investigate the speed of the chromebook USB ports for the specific brand you intend to buy.
On a windows machine the hard drive would be tortured by writing 6 fragmented files to the drive, unless the torrent software pre-allocates the full movie or album size in one block.
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A torrent movie for me means a "standard" 1-2.5GB of an 1080p MP4 film. A standard MP3 320k album would mean anything from 100-500MB I think. So, 3 movies & 3 albums plus some other non-intensive multitasking....2GB RAM is enough?
I'm not too worried about the memory as I have an SD card to put them. My SD card is a 32GB Class 10 with 40mb/sec speeds. I'm also in the process of getting a 1TB portable hard drive so the cloud is just another "secondary option". Upload i'm not worried as my provider offers really good DL/UL speeds anyway.
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If the software preallocated disk space for all 6 files, the disk drive file allocation would look like, where the numbers 1-6 correspond to the 6 different files.
While writing the files to a hard disk drive, the heads move back and forth between each file. When reading the file, the heads would continuously read each file. If the drive is a Solid State Drive (SSD), there are no heads to move around.
If the files are written as the data arrives, the disk drive file allocation may look like.
When reading the files from a hard disk drive the heads will move back and forth between each file.
If each file is 2GB, that's 12GB that the heads need to move back and forth on. On a drive with 689GB, that is traversing 1.7% of the disk, so the fragmentation is not a severe affect. However, if the drive is only 60GB, 20% of the disk the would need traversed.
Fragmentation was a bigger concern when the drives had less capacity. File:Hard drive capacity over time.png - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia is a history of hard drive size. When the drive capacity was smaller, defragmentation would sometimes save 10%-20% time on a minute operation.
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