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El_Cadejo's avatar

How full is your hard drive?

Asked by El_Cadejo (34504points) September 11th, 2012

Today I got to thinking, if our brains were hard drives, how much capacity would they hold? So off to the googles. It appears we could store approximately 2.5 petabytes (2560 terabytes) of information. Insane.

So the question is, thinking of your brain as a hard drive, how much of your internal hard drive are you using?

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rojo's avatar

Well, lets see: Do I keep forgetting things? Yes. Where has that information gone? No Idea but since it will pop up later today, I know it is still there so maybe I just need to defrag.
Anyone got any ideas on how you do that with a brain?

rojo's avatar

But, then again, maybe it is just a case of GIGO.

Pandora's avatar

No more than a thumb drive. LOL

jerv's avatar

I scatter my knowledge to The Cloud. Sometimes I am lucky enough to find it again when I need it.

ragingloli's avatar

Still got over a Tbyte free.

Bellatrix's avatar

I think it’s in the red zone and it isn’t working to full capacity. I need to defrag and wipe some of this stuff.

bookish1's avatar

I need some more RAM.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

What was the question?

CWOTUS's avatar

Non-system disk or disk error.
Format CWOTUS?

This is why more and more I depend on EverNote and (to a lesser extent) PearlTrees.

wundayatta's avatar

I think I have plenty of storage. My problem is that the information retrieval system is messing up. Not sure if it’s because there are a lot of bad sectors that have not been walled off, or if memory addresses have been shifted without being recorded in the fat or what. Whatever—the memory is there, but it seems that I can’t get at it directly so much any more. More and more, I have to get at it indirectly. So my retrieval function is growing more inefficient and that is quite frustrating.

But I gather this is normal for a people my age, and only gets worse. I wonder if anything could be done about it. I think it has to do with changes in brain chemistry, and the decreasing availability of certain hormones.

On the other hand, I am wiser, and the wisdom usually more than makes up for the lack of ability to retrieve specific memories. This, too, is typical for people my age.

rojo's avatar

@wundayatta I would trade the wisdom of age for the knees of youth.

wundayatta's avatar

@rojo Oh Man. That’s a tough one. Such a tough one. My knees are really killing me and I’m sure it will get worse, but I make my living with my wisdom. I was just thinking about this this morning as I rode my bike to work. It is getting tougher and tougher to ride, not because I don’t have the strength, but because I need to ice down key parts of me after wards now or else I suffer a lot. So is there some other way of getting exercise that provides less impact? More gentle exercise? Like yoga, I guess?

There’s only one thing I would give up my brain for. People who know me might remember what that is.

Keep_on_running's avatar

Some parts are fuller than others. Mostly the wrong parts, but nevertheless! I must carry on…

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Tropical_Willie if you had to turn everything you know and remember from your life into data files how much space would that all occupy. Essentially, how much shit do you know?

Tropical_Willie's avatar

@uberbatman I could fill the the Hollywood Bowl ! Seats about 18,000, and the band shell.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Ok I think I wrote the question in a really shitty way since no one has really answered it at all yet.

If everything you’ve ever learned or had memories of was digitized and put onto a computer, how many gigs or terabytes do you think it would occupy?

Keep_on_running's avatar

@uberbatman Let me just sift through my whole life for a sec, then I can give you a figure. Hold on…

tranquilsea's avatar

Given what I know about how much memory a video takes up….

I stream memories fairly instantaneously and I have a LOT of them. So I would put my guess at 9 or 10 terabytes. But there is a lot in there that just needs to be jogged in order to be brought forth and that could up my total to over 15 terabytes.

downtide's avatar

Mine is full of obsolete files that are of no use to anybody. I also seem to get a lot of read-errors.

CWOTUS's avatar

@uberbatman I read the question and understood it, but I have no way to answer “that question” since I can’t just “treesize” my brain to tell what its capacity might be. There’s currently no way for me to evaluate the capacity of this “soft drive”. So I answered the way I did.

But it was a good question, I thought. Something to think about.

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