Are 512GB (2x 256GB) Solid State Drives Raid 0 enough for storing movies, games, pictures, music, applications etc.?

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  1. daz7781

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    Are 512GB (2x 256GB) Solid State Drives Raid 0 enough for storing movies, games, pictures, music, applications etc.? I will have the M17x probably for about 2-3 years. Should i go for a bigger hard drive like a 1TB or will 512GB solid state drives be enough? I'm not sure if i should sacrifice the smaller capacity but faster solid state drives for the much larger but slower hard drives.
     
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    I've downloaded tons of music, movies and games and I never even managed to fill up half of a 500GB RAID array on my desktop, which actually currently stands at only about 200GB full. That's after about 14 months of use. So yes, I'd say 512GB will be plenty unless you're really into your movies.
     
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    just get an external 1-2tb disk when u need the space .. 2x 256GB is big enough for the time being if ur a normal user.. If ur a hoarder u might need more space than that.
     
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    thanks for the quick response. I've just recieved my M17x so i'm within my returns period. The thing is when i first switched the computer on, even though i got 512GB solid state drives, i was already down to 430GB and once i installed a game, one or two applications and some updates i'm down to 398GB left. So that's why i'm worried if it that storage space will last me around 3 years. I was surprised that already 82GB was used when i first switched on the laptop when i first got it.
     
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    You'll need 1 of THESE
     
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    I store a lot of music, quite a lot of pictures and videos from my camera and video camera, a few games, a few movies but once i watch them i delete them, and a fair amount of applications.
     
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    Maybe AW now being Dell is also installing a whole load of useless stuff on your computer. Plus dont forget u might also have the backup partition wich varies in size according to the install/machine.

    Games these days are quite large.. Cant really help there.
     
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    ...That's a bit overkill.

    Ah yes. The Dell crapware.

    Check your system and get rid of all the crapware dell has likely installed on it.
     
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    Lol.. That just might be a little much :p

    I'd go for external storage if u need to store/save game images/movies/alllllloooot of music but doing so with an external disk of a networked storage ( smaller/cheaper then the Dell ) would be the wisest choice.
     
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    I've had a look and Dell/Alienware haven't installed much at all just the essentials so very little crapware. Even though i ordered 512GB my computer is saying the maxium storage available is 461GB. I guess all that space is being used by the recovery partition and storage drives never have the actual storage space that is advertised. When i first switched it on it showed about 430GB free of 461GB so i guess the 31GB is used by the operating system and preinstalled programs.
     

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