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How Much Music Storage Space Do You Currently Use?  

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Note: I store my music and video files in the same partitioned space, but I answered for only the size of the music files. I expect that the music and video files will grow significantly in the near future.

 

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I use storage distributed on several computers. For backup archive used SATA HDD via USB-docstation.

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I'm researching a couple really neat music storage options and would like to know how much drive space people require. Please be honest. The poll is anonymous so nobody will know how large your collection is or how little your storage needs may be.

 

Hi Chris. Do you want backup storage included?

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Even with backup I currently use less than 1TB, but I fully expect that to continue to grow significantly. Beyond new downloads, I haven't ripped even 15% of my CDs. I have two 4TB drives that I use as backups for each other, plus cloud backup.

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While I use a 2 disc RAID array on a NAS, I only counted the size of the music library once.

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I voted 1-2 TB as the working files for my music library are on a 2TB FireWire raid connected to my desktop computer. It is 2/3 redbook rips and the rest hi-res downloads: 1200+ albums (approx. 900gb, plus room for more). The attached cover art adds another 50gb.

Files are then duplicated to a 7200rpm 1TB FW drive attached to my playback Mac. Another 1TB FW drive is stored in my fire-resistant safe as a safety backup. I maintain a 4th copy on another 1TB drive to be stored off-site, but haven't decided where yet.

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Interesting - so of the 60 responses, 60% require over 1TB, with a significant plurality requiring over 4TB. So I would think the answer is clearly "the more, the better" ;)

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300 MB Redbook

650 MB High Resolution

350 MB DSD

325 MB "Duplicate Album Archive" (I don't delete older versions, I keep them in a curated archive for comparison purposes)

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1.625 TB Total "playback" size (current).

 

Add to that triple redundant backup (two on-site, one rotated off-site). The backup was not included in the 1-2 TB vote cast. I suspect I will be over 2 TB in a year...

 

Best,

John

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300 MB Redbook

650 MB High Resolution

350 MB DSD

325 MB "Duplicate Album Archive" (I don't delete older versions, I keep them in a curated archive for comparison purposes)

_______

1.625 TB Total "playback" size (current).

 

Add to that triple redundant backup (two on-site, one rotated off-site). The backup was not included in the 1-2 TB vote cast. I suspect I will be over 2 TB in a year...

 

Best,

John

Thanks for the breakdown.

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I've got 4.6TB currently, there are duplicates of albums in there (different versions but the same album). So if I kept only one copy of things, I'd probably be right around 3TB I would think.

 

Most of the space comes from Hi-Res, Vinyl and SACD Rips, which everything is lossless Flac, so I don't compress them down to make them more portable. The other part of the space would be CD Rips which are all (well about 95%) in Flac.

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