Disk space is relatively cheap, but you need to
organize and back it up to make it effective. I have over 1 GB of documents,
saved web pages, and journals. My "New Computer Install" folder requires 6GB
and that doesn't include the OS. Our website takes up 1.5GB, our music 15 GB,
and in four years we have collected over 15,000 photographs which takes up
35GB. The real disk hog is video at a whooping 10GB per hour, yes you read
right. We now have close to 1000GB of storage dedicated to our photos,
video, and their backups. Disk space is cheap - especially if you consider the
pain you’ll feel if you lose everything.
We typically partition our main disks into two
partitions; one for the operating system and program installs (executables
and supporting files) and one for the data and documents. This makes it
easier to plan the backup phase. Make sure you understand which files each
program updates when you use it. Where are your emails stored? Where does
your photo management software store its additional data, such as category
tags etc? Where does your iPod store its music library index?