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Hardware Hard disk capacity can sextuple with ‘pinch of salt’

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Claave, 20 Oct 2011.

  1. Unicorn

    Unicorn Uniform November India

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    Made my day! :hehe:

    Seriously guys, one more time; "alot" is not a word. It never has been, it never will be and if it was a living breathing thing, it would euthanize itself, because it's just not correct.

    On topic, drives with that capacity would never make it into my network. Losing one disk with 12TB on it would ruin me. Right now I have a large file server and a NAS to back it up. They are both 5TB+ and pretty full now, but I'd rather expand them with 2TB or 3TB disks because that's the sweet spot for desktop hard drive capacity in my opinion. I think that anything higher than that introduces too much data loss risk.
     
  2. metarinka

    metarinka New Member

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    I think one day we'll look back at 1-3 TB hdd's in the same way we look at 1-3GB hdd's. wow so small.

    I agree that data capacity is outpacing data redundancy. But in some level it really isn't. I have 3 1TB hdd's, 2 are in a mirror as backup and the other one is by itself. so I only have 2tb but they all information is on at least 2 HDD's. I think this will end up being the path in the future. Some things like Blu ray rips etc aren't "critical" data in that they are readily available, my home pictures and video are much more critical and I always keep them on multiple sources.
     
  3. Bladestorm

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    Of course if you can increase density sixfold you can potentially have the same 1TB or 2TB drive for something approaching one sixth of what it costs now. Probably also in a much smaller drive with faster access too?
     
  4. Anfield

    Anfield Well-Known Member

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    Every kind of data increases in size, operating systems? each time microsoft releases some windows 7 updates you download more data than what years ago used to be a entire OS, downloading a new driver? they used to fit on a 1.44MB floppy, these days they easily hit 100MB, have some music stored on your pc? change from highly compressed garbage ehh mp3 to flac, remember the days when Games where sold on a single cd? these days you easily download 20GB from Steam for a single Game, take some photos? gone are the days when they where stored in paper form in some box but instead eat up harddisk space.

    Then there is of course always porn.
     
  5. rogerrabbits

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    I don't really need any space. I have about 2.5tb because I used to horde stuff. But I now get all my music on Spotify so I don't need any music on my computer now, I just stream it when I want it. For porn I can get that online now on some really good youtube style websites so I dont need to have a secret stash of that. As for video, I used to collect that too but a lot of what I watch now I watch on On-Demand web channels. There are some bits I download but I tend to just watch that and delete it, and if I ever want anything again, I can download so fast now that I get it quickly anyway.

    So all I have on my disks now is installed games and even with several of those its only like 100gig or something. So my 2.5tb is hardly used now.

    When I did used to hoarde, my issue was that if I bought a cool new 2tb disk and filled it with nice stuff, I was then concerned that if it died.. I would have masses of stuff to replace and I wouldnt know what was on it and it would take forever to recover. So I ended up then wanting to back it up and that means getting two 2tb disks... So almost every time I upgraded my storage I felt like I wanted to double it to backup :( But I'm glad now I hardly have anything stored on my pc anymore.
     
  6. philic51

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    Storage

    Currently have 4Tb storage consisting of 2X2Tb hard drives in a media center....and already runnign at 15% free space! I welcome the introduction of these drives!
     
  7. antiHero

    antiHero ReliXmas time!

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    w00t more space is always good. Then I could rip my entire music collection lossless, only took my 1,5 years last time. (it`s all on vinyl)
     
  8. l3v1ck

    l3v1ck Fueling the world, one oil well at a time.

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    In the ideal digital world we'd all have our entire film collection in full HD quality on HDD's to be streamed to our TV's..... So yes, we always need more capacity.

    Certainly in the short term I want to see larger portable HDD's. 1.5TB just isn't enough.
     
  9. fluxtatic

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    Yes, bring them on. the 2.5 TB in my desktop already feels a little thin, and adding another 2TB when my server is done won't help enough, as that means I'll finally have enough space to back up everything. I still remember, not so many years ago, when I got a PC with a 3GB drive and I was quite sure I'd never fill it. Of course, that was long before video or even mp3s were common. Now I have over a terabyte of just music and video. It'd be delightful to be able to put back on HDDs what I ran out of space for and burned to DVD, too.

    Incidentally, before ripping to FLAC, test it. It's entirely unnecessary for the vast majority of people. It's a limitation of human hearing itself - in a blind test, you would not hear the difference between FLAC and a 320k ABR mp3 done with a decent encoder. Try it yourself, even - take the same track ripped to FLAC and high-bitrate mp3 or ogg and have someone play them back to back so you don't know which is which and see if you can even hear a difference. It's the same sort of mentality that leads to things like Monster Cable. Seriously, look into it. A tiny percentage of people might hear a difference, but 99% of the people who insist FLAC is greatly superior have been misled and/or are misleading themselves. Especially once you're over 30...if you have buttloads of space, go for it. For those who don't, there's a perfect way to get some space back.

    Oh, wait - once I can get a 12TB HDD for $60, I'll re-rip my entire freaking collection to FLAC. Maybe twice, since I'll have so much freaking room! :D
     
  10. Unicorn

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    I properly started my digital music collection about 6 years ago, when I got my first iPod and was (now gratefully) forced into using iTunes. My MP3 library now stands at well over 750GB, with another 300GB of a 1TB+ video collection in the iTL as well, for Apple TV streaming. My FLAC library is about 400GB but there's an awful lot still to put into it, it grows by a few gigs every day. I have 150GB of 720p music videos as well. Yeah, I'm a data hoarder. What of it? I love my media collection :)
     
  11. debs3759

    debs3759 Was that a warranty I just broke?

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    12GB? I'll take 10 to go in my HAF 932.

    Seriously though, I would buy 1 (or 2, for RAid, so if 1 fails I still have the data!). I seem to be buying at least 1 new HDD each year, so something that large might last me a few years (unless I start downloading every torrent in sight!).
     
  12. thil

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    Aye. Everybody knows that all data is gaseous: it expands to fit the container it's put in.
     
  13. grevaeg

    grevaeg Insanity driven

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    Hmm.. there will allways be too much material out there... so having enough space aint a option ^^

    48tb and counting on the home server... yet only 40gb free -.-
     
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