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Just out of personal curiosity, how much disk space on the server does Stack Overflow take up? I'm guessing it's a lot, but I can't know for sure.

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Couldn't possibly be more than around 640KB. –  user27414 Nov 12 '10 at 17:05
    
No no no, that's the RAM needed to run it. –  Marko Carter Nov 12 '10 at 17:34
    
I don't see this listed, but you might find more information in the sources it cites. In particular, you might note that SO is several servers. :) –  Gnome Nov 12 '10 at 18:18
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Well, each vote takes up a little more space in the database, so let's just keep upvoting this post until it runs out of disk space –  Michael Mrozek Nov 12 '10 at 19:52
    
The size of the datadump may serve as an approximation. –  Alexandre Jasmin Nov 13 '10 at 12:34

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It was 12gigs compressed a few months ago, probably up to about 15gigs compressed (50 gigs uncompressed)

It is not a particularly huge database, most of the storage we have is taken up by history and indexes. Fitting most of our data in RAM is one of the reasons our performance is so awesome (that and Jeff's amazing wheel of blame).

When you look at perfmon: SQL server page life expectancy is massive, we barely go to disk.

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