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Sorry, bringing back the Start menu won't help Windows 8

  1. #51


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    I have 5.75TB, and am thinking of getting another 2TB.


    Wenda.
    I'm just curious. What in the world do you people have on your hard drives? My old PC, the one that I lost in a burglary, someone told me I should put in a bigger hard drive. I thought it was a good idea, too. Put in a 2TB one. Never filled it up with anything. It was almost empty when I lost it.
    Well personally, I collect Operating Systems, and also have many hours of video & recorded TV shows. Most software is also backed-up there. I won't store anything in the cloud under any circumstances, so I can never have too much physical storage.There is over 15 years'-worth of stuff backed up as well. I also have the installation files and patches for all my software because if we do get forced into the cloud and subscription-based software, I'll be disconnecting and going 'net-less'. The cloud holds no interest whatsoever for me, and I refuse to pay for software more than once, or buy software which requires an internet connection in order to buy or use.


    Wenda.

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  2. #52


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    I have 5.75TB, and am thinking of getting another 2TB.


    Wenda.
    I'm just curious. What in the world do you people have on your hard drives? My old PC, the one that I lost in a burglary, someone told me I should put in a bigger hard drive. I thought it was a good idea, too. Put in a 2TB one. Never filled it up with anything. It was almost empty when I lost it.
    Video content for me. When my old hard drive died last December, I lost over 300 gigs of video along with about 100 or so gigs of music which I'm slowing rebuilding back. I had four, five drives with varying capacities full of videos that I copied over to my new terabyte drive, I only have just about 300 gigs left and I have yet to recover my other ones.

    Ripping DVDs is what I do. I used to copy them over as .isos but I'm getting fed up with the over the top amount of promos and crap I can't forward through quickly enough so I just take the video and leave the rest. The whole 24 series for example, will take up about 300 gigs.

    Which is why with my new desktop PC I shall be building this summer will have capacity for either four or five 3 drive hot swap bays that will be used for Storage Spaces in Windows 8.1 with ReFS.

    There's that, as well as backing up other peoples' user data when I do clean installs of Windows onto their PCs.

    Games. I haven't been doing a ton of PC gaming in the past couple years unfortunately, and I'm concerned that if I start Steaming, I will never stop. My gamer friend has gone through a whole terabyte drive (I think it might be 2, I don't remember what drive we put into his rig when I built it) JUST from Steam downloading and installing.

    If I could, I would download a copy of the world!
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  3. #53


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    If I could, I would download a copy of the world!
    FYI, you are currently living in the matrix. I am a sentient program posing as a forum member. Your real body will feed me for years to come.

    Anyway, a backup copy of the matrix is made once a month. I'll see if I can get you a copy.
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  4. #54


    New Zealand
    Posts : 91
    Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Video content for me. When my old hard drive died last December, I lost over 300 gigs of video along with about 100 or so gigs of music which I'm slowing rebuilding back. I had four, five drives with varying capacities full of videos that I copied over to my new terabyte drive, I only have just about 300 gigs left and I have yet to recover my other ones.
    That is the reason I have a lot of spare Hard Disk capacity. I have my media files backed up onto three computers. No way do I want to lose my music videos downloaded over several years or spend weeks re-ripping and tagging my Music collection.

    I may have gone a bit overboard though. My current motherboard has 14 SATA ports, though not all are in use yet
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  5. #55


    Adelaide
    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    Backups and Video


    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    I have 5.75TB, and am thinking of getting another 2TB.
    I'm just curious. What in the world do you people have on your hard drives? My old PC, the one that I lost in a burglary, someone told me I should put in a bigger hard drive. I thought it was a good idea, too. Put in a 2TB one. Never filled it up with anything. It was almost empty when I lost it.
    The short answer is backups and videos.
    I also keep all of the documents, music , videos and installers I've downloaded, on my Downloads partition as backups.

    I have 4.5TB of storage in internal HDDs (3 drives) and 5.5TB of storage in external HDDs (5 drives).

    Click image for larger version

    I got a new 2TB external HDD in January and transferred ~1.5TB off of my PC, so I actually have some spare space at the moment.

    There are also a couple of ext4 partitions (Linux Mint) on my system, which don't show up in Windows Explorer.
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  6. #56


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    Here's the current drive configuration on this laptop.

    The top row are internal drives, 2 x 750GB each partitioned in two equally sized partitions.

    Row 2 are external pocket-drives, each 640GB again partitioned into two equal partitions.

    Third row is an external 2TB with multimedia files (backup drive).

    Plus Blu-ray drive and a 1GB thumb-drive.

    There's another 500GB external not currently connected, it also contains backups.


    Wenda.
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  7. #57


    Sydney
    Posts : 6
    Windpws 8 Pro x64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Or...

    Just literally pin EVERYTHING from the start menu into the File Explorer jumplist and pin Control Panel to the Taskbar. The need for the start menu is irrelevant minus the search bar and All Programs to find a program you rarely use.

    I know this, because that's what I did with my setup and EVERY install of Windows 7 I did. Pinned EVERYTHING useful and relevant to the Taskbar, cleaned up the All Programs list, start menu becomes a vestigial piece of UI.
    I do exactly the same and did it with Windows 7 too
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  8. #58


    I just go by Murphy's law of warehousing , "if there's an empty space, it will be filled"
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  9. #59


    Posts : 123
    Windows 8, 2012, 7, 2008R2, 2008, 2003, XP,SUSE


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    I just go by Murphy's law of warehousing , "if there's an empty space, it will be filled"
    Oh yeah. At home, I tend to fill up hard drives with databases, music, virtualization, and movies. At work, nothing but databases. Does everyone really need their own personal copy of our warehouse?!
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  10. #60


    Adelaide
    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)


    Quote Originally Posted by Wenda View Post
    Here's the current drive configuration on this laptop.

    The top row are internal drives, 2 x 750GB each partitioned in two equally sized partitions.

    Row 2 are external pocket-drives, each 640GB again partitioned into two equal partitions.

    Third row is an external 2TB with multimedia files (backup drive).

    Plus Blu-ray drive and a 1GB thumb-drive.

    There's another 500GB external not currently connected, it also contains backups.


    Wenda.
    That seems to be quite a "chunky" laptop you have there.
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