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    Wow, this is great, just about to buy, but I have one question about hard disk space.

    This would be running on a Linux partition here at our work, I imagine the database can get rather big and a lot of attachments would be involved as well. What's the optimal hard disk size for most high-traffic sites using vB?

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    The largest forums take 3-4 gigabytes of hard drive space for the database. This is 1-2 million posts though.
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    Wayne Luke
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      With vB there is 2 different types of disk space usage.
      1. web space - for php/html/image files and you vB files
      2. mysql database space - which is separate from web space in that the mysql database space resides on a different partition from web space on nearly all web hosts.

      When you use vB, you have to take into account, both web space and mysql database space. vB 2.2.x consists of

      1. php/image files in the zip file you download = 1.65mb in size once the vB zip file is extracted and uploaded to your web site account.

      2. mysql database space which holds your vB data.
      - on initial install the mysql database space used is ~2mb which is mainly the database table structure and initial data in the database tables.
      - once you start posting, adding threads, members, polls, private messages, attachments, avatars etc, your mysql database space is the one that mainly grows and should be your main concern - mysql disk space.

      How much mysql disk space is used is highly dependent on the type of forum you run, and such factors as
      - your avergae allowed attachment and avatar size
      - how many attachments and avatars you have stored in your vB database
      - how many private messages you have stored in your vB database from members
      - how many posts and threads you have and the size and variables you have set for your searchindex
      - how many members you have
      - how many forums you have
      and so on.
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