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It would probably be wasted space, since I would not have use for 12 TB today. I think I should have about 2 TB at home, counting internal and external disks and today, it is more than enough for my needs
The other thing that is possible to take up a good amount of that space is if you can get a copy of every musical recording ever made and store in on there. That would be one massive music collection and one massive copyright case. But you could claim that you are building a music archive for generations after you, that way when you die. 30 or 40 yrs later someone might just stumble onto your collection and then you have your place in the history books... Just a thought.
12TB for home storage, if anyone needs that much space, they're just a pack rat to me. I have around 20GB of music, which is about 1/4 my actual collection, unlike some, I actually own every album that I have digitized, I buy CD's as they serve as my backup if I do decide to rip them. I have about 26GB in video of the kids and around 5GB in pictures. Kids are under 3, so number is going to continue to grow but not by too much.
Everything else is already available on the internet, I don't need to keep every ISO I download and so on, I burn to CDR and then delete.
12TB? Hrmm.. I could encode my entire CD collection into flac, make full ISOs of my DVD movies, and backup my PS1 and PS2 games, and probably only use about 2% total of that drive... I'm sure though I can fill it up more with movies and music as time goes by.
Lots and lots of movies and music. I already have about a half TB of movies and music on my RAID but I'm running out of space... Oh, also I would put a swap partition on each drive in the RAID, the combind bandwidth would be getting close to my physical ram , though I think I'd hit the BUS limit way before that, ugh.
By the way, only 12TB for youtube? Yeah rightttt. It's probably like a few PB with all the movies they have on there.
Also, if the human brain stores ALL the information that our senses take in, as well as everything we ever think... That's a shitload of information. An unfathomable ammount of information. Imagine taking a 500 megapixle video camera and recording everything for ~100 years. I wonder if every computer on earth combind could even store that much information, and thats only sight, thats not even including touch, sound, taste, smell, time, etc. If we were actually able to recall all that information on the spot we wouldn't even need hard drives .
What would you do with 12 Terabytes of storage space.
I would wonder what the hell I would do with all of it.
I think I have about 100GB of data between myself and my wife. Any archives (music, images, etc.) are all burned to DVD for backup. We probably only actually keep about 30-40GB of actual data on the hard drives.