Less Hard Drive Space = Less Frustration and Higher Productivity

Nowadays no matter how huge your hard drive is, you eventually are going to fill it up in the next few months.

I should know it for sure because I’m in this exact position for more than a decade.

Back then, when 1.2GB was a lot, and MP3 technology just got invented, soon I ripped all my audio CDs and saved them in digital format. Soon I needed to upgrade to 4.3 gigabytes hard drive. It went on and on.

The next purchase was 8.4GB, and then 20GB, 40GB, 80GB, 160GB, 250GB, and 500GB.

Every time a larger capacity was released in the market, I would acquire one or a few. The funny thing was that they all cost about the same, except the latter ones. The prices of hard drives have gone down in the past few years.

I never consider buying 1TB storage for now. I have given up my obsession of storing everything.

Technology usage has gone to a stage that could be counter productive for me.

I learned it the hard way that what I thought I might need some day was not worth storing 98 percent of the time. Often I could just fire up a browser and perform quick search to fetch the data at anytime.

While larger capacity hard drives are useful in some applications, smaller hard drives are mostly beneficial if you don’t work extensively with large multimedia files.

It may even prevent you from stuffing everything you could find online and scattering them all over the place on your virtual storage space. For me, and I finally got it, that is more the sign of laziness.

When you want to avoid making decisions, you create a temporary storage space and dump everything in it. That piles up your frustrations that will soon explode in the future.

A 250GB drive is often more than enough to save a few educational programs you are committed to, your favorite music, all your working project files, and then some.

And if you really need that much space, buy an external drive. Move all data that you are not working with right now, or soon in the future, out of your sight. They may still be on your list of stuff to “read / review” but once they are not there, you are free from all kinds of distractions.

Limited disk space also forces you to make decision to purge things on a continual basis, which leads to a more efficient workflow and increased productivity.

So, be cheap and limit your access to larger hard drive. Agree?

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2 Responses to “Less Hard Drive Space = Less Frustration and Higher Productivity”
  1. Lawrence says:

    Yes I agree with this Hendry. You posted about it first so now I know that atleast one other person has found this to be true.

    My Desktop is cluttered and almost full at the moment. But, that can be managed easily. My entore HD is not in the same shape. And I am glad that it isn’t.

    I like your suggestion about getting an External HD if you want to save all the files. I may employ that merthod soon. At the moment, I use an online backup storage service. So the files are within reach if necessary.

  2. Hendry Lee says:

    I actually like to consider an offsite backup, just for redundancy. Not any particular backup service.

    Amazon S3 should be enough for my need.

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