Calculating storage requirements, disk space

Posted on 2009-04-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I'm trying to figure out a disk size for a XP pro machine that will be acting as a file server in a small business. They will be storing photos. I'm getting lost in all the decimal points of MB and GB and was wondering if anyone could put me on to something that would make it easier.
Question by:bwierzbicki
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    You can't go wrong with a 1 Terabyte drive for storage.  It will last a very long time depending on the amount of users, and pricing has dropped enough to make them feasible:
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    If you are storing photos mainly, I would use a NAS product (Network Attached Storage)

    2 Tb of NAS space is about $400.00 Saving you thousands of dollars over a server.

    (2 TB = 2000 Gb = 2,000,000 Megs. Hires Pics max size is usually 3Mb so you would be able to store approximately 700,000 Hires Images of 2.9 Megabyte (12.1 Megapixel Nikon images)) On one Buffalo Drive.

    If you have 1 Tb you could store 350,000 Images.

    Either way, you should configure your NAS as a RAID 1 (Mirroring) so that if you have a drive failure, you won't lose all your valuable data so... I recommend you buy  a 2 TB Buffalo NAS unit, Configured as mirroring.


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    thanks for the advice

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