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Any harm in filling hard drive completely?
« on: November 16, 2014, 03:33:31 PM »
So I know you aren't supposed to fill your system drive past like 80% or whatever, but is there any harm in filling a media only drive? I've got a 4TB HD in my server (one of three), which has 2GB of free space left. I don't see any point in leaving any more than empty, unless it poses a risk to the files.

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Re: Any harm in filling hard drive completely?
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2014, 06:13:20 PM »
As far as I can see, your 'suspicions' are correct! The reasons for leaving free space on your system drive don't apply to a media-only drive, so go ahead and fill it up.

I say that with confidence because a 4TB drive must be a physical disk (unless you're a millionaire). I'd be a bit more wary of filling a SSD right to the end, simply because of the way the filesystem works (log based). I'd still leave, like 1% free on one of those, just so that the management chip had 'room to manoeuvre'. But then, who would use a SSD for media only?


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Re: Any harm in filling hard drive completely?
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2014, 09:28:31 PM »
I've actually read about someone else's editing suite on a different forum, and he has got 1TB SSD's in a RAID 1 array that he can access across his 10gigabit wired network. He uses them for temporary media storage, but yeah, I'd agree that he has a pretty rare setup. Since we are speaking of me, yes, my 4TB hard drive is a physical disc. A western digital green in case you're wondering, which I recommend. It's slowish, and takes a long time to spin up (so long that my server's BIOS doesn't recognize when it wakes from sleep), but it runs cool and if you run the WDIDLE3.exe utility it appears to have quite a lifespan.