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Disk space usage

A statistic which occurred to me overnight.

This blog moved from Blogger to its own webspace in August 2005 [1], only taking up a couple hundred megabytes at the time (this includes the photo gallery which was moved from a server in my house to the same server as the blog).

By March of 2007 the website had grown to approximately 4 gigabytes. If memory serves, it was about 3.8 GB at the time and grew to over 4 GB quite quickly. I remember this because I moved the website to an Australian server owned by a company which I worked for at the time. I was given the first 4 GB of disk space for free and paid for the rest, and at the time of moving the site, it only just managed to fit within 4 GB.

The site has since moved from Canberra back to the US and is now on a server in Melbourne where it takes up 7,068 MB.

The rate of growth has slowed a bit, probably due to the cessation of regular production of multimedia files (podcasts etc), but still, for what is essentially a personal blog, it is a fairly impressive amount of disk space being consumed. Impressive, that is, until you have to try and move it.

I have no intention of moving the site again, although I’m sure it’ll happen again at some stage as these things do tend to happen. Moving a site this size is not a trivial task as, despite the rapid increase in data transfer rates in recent years, it still takes a considerable amount of time to move this much data, and it is quite frankly a task which I prefer to avoid.

And that’s your dose of useless information for this week.

Samuel