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My primary, active (vs. backup) local disk space is ...

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Between zero and 20 percent full
  1502 votes / 7%
Between 20 and 40 percent full
  2847 votes / 14%
Between 40 and 60 percent full
  4412 votes / 21%
Between 60 and 80 percent full
  4581 votes / 22%
Between 80 and 100 percent full
  5432 votes / 26%
More than 100 percent full
  749 votes / 3%
I don't use local storage, you insensitive clod!
  625 votes / 3%
20148 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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My primary, active (vs. backup) local disk space is ...

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  • Re:Gauss is back (Score:3, Informative)

    by timothy (36799) Works for Slashdot on Monday April 08, 2013 @12:38AM (#43388207) Homepage Journal

    Sorry -- the polling system is a bit clunky, and doesn't get the love we would like sometimes ;) There are 8 options, max, so we'll never get really smooth curves without a complete overhaul ;)


  • Re:Gauss is back (Score:5, Informative)

    by timothy (36799) Works for Slashdot on Monday April 08, 2013 @01:06AM (#43388341) Homepage Journal

    You'll find plenty with *fewer* than 8, but (so far as I know, and barring warps in the space-time continuum) none with more.

    And by-the-by, polls (prompt question only, or prompt question and response choices) are always welcome!


  • Re:Gauss is back (Score:5, Informative)

    by arth1 (260657) on Monday April 08, 2013 @01:54PM (#43393431) Homepage Journal

    Why? Speed.

    - Most filesystems will slow down as they approach a full status. This is particularly true for write speed.

    - Rotational disks are faster near the outer rim (start of the disk) and slower near the hub. A 2TB WDC drive I have here does 150 MB/s near the beginning, and only 70 MB/s near the end. That's typical figures. By only partitioning the first 60% of the disk, I get 120-150 MB/s speeds. (This is not to be confused with short stroking, which reduces the access time by reducing reading arm movement.)

    - For mechanical drives, disk fragmentation also becomes more of a problem the fuller the disk is. (And yes, fragmentation also affects Linux file systems.)

    - SSDs need to spend a disproportionally larger time doing garbage collection and clearing up sectors as a disk approaches full (yes, even with TRIM, unless you always delete entire sectors).
    For a near full disk, it's not uncommon to have 1 second or more hiccoughs because the drive firmware hasn't been able to prepare sectors for writing.

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