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Full Hard Drive

by fmweisse / September 16, 2006 5:38 PM PDT

My Dell computer is less than 3 years old and runs fine, but when I try to upload movies from my video camera it says that I don't have enough space on my hard drive. I checked and it says that of my 40GB I only have 5GB's left. I hardly ever use this computer and there is no way I have filled up all this space. What could be using up all my hard drive space? Is it possible that a virus is using up all my hard drive space?

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Digital Videos
by john_mcdoogle / September 16, 2006 7:00 PM PDT
In reply to: Full Hard Drive

Many people would be surprised at how much space digital videos can take up, and this could easily account for your "missing" space.

While not impossible, I've never heard of a virus that fills a hard drive. I've known of software and movie pirates to drop a trojan onto someone's computer, and use it to serve up pirated software and movies, but they usually like to go after systems on University networks or other really high bandwidth places. Also, with a 40GB drive total, you're not likely worth the effort in the minds of these people.

Simple fact is, 40GB just doesn't go that far these days, and you probably want to be looking for a second drive. You can either get an internal one, or spend a little extra so you don't have to open the case, and get an external. I'd just suggest getting something in the 250-300GB range or more if you're dealing with digital videos.

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I Have To Say............
by Trance_Zac / September 16, 2006 7:31 PM PDT
In reply to: Digital Videos

Go with an internal hard drive slaved to your master.

I've used many different configurations for external drives, both USB & FireWire

There is no such a solid contact as with a slaved drive on IDE channel 0

I have one madchine built on IDEO HD Master, CD Slave & using what would normally be CD channel (IDE1) for a "hot swap box" for data recovery, clean-up etc.

No way of getting this kind of functionality from an external drive

In my opinion, External Hard Drives are for those of us who don't know how to set-up a PC!

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