Every file I own is less than 40gb on my desktop. Although I have MS office installed on my 16gb hd (as well as Adobe acrobat), I have 8gb left. I use a 8gb sdhc card for my docs and music files (only using 1gb right now, mostly music)....so it is apparent that I don't need a bunch of applications I don't use and don't make much in way of files. The mini is my travel companion and is used mostly for surfing the internet and answering e-mails.
is quiet, fast, and rugged. I am not sure if it uses less power (I assume as it doesn't have moving parts like HD), but the mini doesn't have/need a fan which is quieter and uses less power (even if infantismally less). So the cost and limited space is worth it to me. I am not bothered by limited lifespan either (10,000 writes, I think)....how old does hardware get before it is considered ancient anyway? I think of computer and music storage devices (12 inch then 5 inch then 1.4mb), zip drives, 8-tracks, and cassettes....none of these had more than 15 years of promenent use....but if new sd cards can go to 1Tb and decent ssds improve quality, increase size and drop in price, the disk type Hard Drive is dead....I can't wait for CDs and dvds to go too.