Can you please tell me what percentage of the data you store is generated by yourself (or family) ? I mean not downloaded or copied. For example if you have a 500 Giga disk what percentage of it has personal stuff you created yourself and did not download or copy to someone else ? Things you created, documents, photos, videos etc…
I am trying to understand how much data could be duplicated overall. The downloaded or copied data is duplicated so it gives me an idea.
For example when I look at my total used storage (3 TBs) 95% is filled with downloaded content. So I at most generated only 5% of my total storage capacity. That downloaded content is in probably in many other computers elsewhere, massively duplicated since it was also downloaded by others. I have like 100 Gigas in photos and videos I made though but that’s a minor (3.3%) part of the 3TBs used.
So I though I’d make a poll and ask each computer user that minds to answer what % of their stored capacity is user generated. You can simply comment if you want. Like that I can have an idea of how much data is subject to duplication. That helps me understand more about Western Digital, one of my investments.
To finalize, a funny comment from a storage expert:
“Let’s face it, we’re not changing the world. We’re building a product that helps people buy more crap – and watch porn.”
Bill Watkins, Seagate’s Ex – CEO (source: Western Digital: Yet some some more thoughts)
Post Data: To understand how data could be released and massively de-duplicated.
Imagine you have lots of movies (or music), for example if 80% of all your storage are movies. But then comes a service where you could access the movies you have, in better quality, anytime, for basically no cost or very low. For example you can watch the Godfather anytime from anywhere.
Then the need to download it or copy it is gone for lots of people. 80% of your storage can be released (you can see the same movies/music almost free or free if you can stand 1 minute of publicity or commercial break, and better quality you had, top quality, any language, directors-cut version etc…). If everybody suddenly did the same a lot of storage capacity would be released. Most would watch the Godfather from the same few sources instead of having it duplicated millions of PCs/notebooks/external drives).