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    News - Western Digital 1TB mobile drive: much ado about nothing?

    WD has itself the world's largest mobile hard drive, but would you take the capacity of an HDD over the performance of an SSD?
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    Re: News - Western Digital 1TB mobile drive: much ado about nothing?

    Completely depends on the application of the drive. If you using it as backup then speed isnt necessarily as important as capacity however if you are using it for video work or something then maybe bandwidth is more valuable to you. Durability comes into it aswell i guess, if the drive is liekly to take a few bumps then maybe SSD is a bit more suited.

    Personally i would like a couple of SSDs as system drives at the moment but im happy to wait for them to drop in price.

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    Re: News - Western Digital 1TB mobile drive: much ado about nothing?

    seems about the right size - in both senses of the word - for a very small HTPC.

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    Re: News - Western Digital 1TB mobile drive: much ado about nothing?

    a couple of these in my laptop would be great. the price isn't bad either, considering the 500gb drives were £150 initially. they just need to get 1tb in a 9mm height drive first

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    Re: News - Western Digital 1TB mobile drive: much ado about nothing?

    For a mini-ITX htpc a 1TB 2.5" drive would be ideal, and I've got to wonder if this is the market WD are after - people wanting to upgrade ION boxes. I'd certainly consider it on that basis. Certainly it also make a lot of sense for a portable backup drive too - given I've just filled a 250GB one at work I'd consider this a reasonable option.

    For a laptop I'd probably prefer an SSD, but at the current £ / GB they're just a little bit pricey. A 64GB at < £80, or a 120GB at < £150, and I'd start considering it seriously. Once they reach £1 / GB, it'll be a no brainer.

    The rise of 2.5" SSDs means we're likely to see a steady shift towards 2.5" as the industry standard for storage on the desktop as well as the laptop, so it makes sense for HDD manufacturers to start positioning themselves to take advantage of more people moving to the smaller form factor in their desktop PCs as well as their laptops - I can see a lot of people using an SSD for the system and a 2.5" mechnical drive for mass storage...

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    Re: News - Western Digital 1TB mobile drive: much ado about nothing?

    No point comparing it with the new Intel to be honest. Similar price, sure, but the capacity is incomparable. Question is, do you need 1TB of bus powered external storage. If I need a drive for pictures, movies and music, then sure I'd pick it over an SSD. Price per GB is actually not that bad, the premium over a 500GB MyPassport is not that big (&#163;80 seem to be the going rate, twice that is &#163;160).

    Having said that, it would only be if I had to pick between the two. &#163;170 for storage is just too dear for me. I can't justify it unless it is something that's not yet available (say, maybe a 3TB desktop HD, or the a 250GB version of that Intel - actually even that I'd have to think twice).

    Push come to shove, capacity is king for me. If I can only have one system, and only HD storage for that system (no external ones), than I would rather have a 1TB of conventional HD, than 80GB of SSD.
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    Re: News - Western Digital 1TB mobile drive: much ado about nothing?

    a mini-notebook sporting an 80GB system drive as well as a 640GB data drive would be a fantastic compromise.
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    Re: News - Western Digital 1TB mobile drive: much ado about nothing?

    Quote Originally Posted by R3MF View Post
    a mini-notebook sporting an 80GB system drive as well as a 640GB data drive would be a fantastic compromise.
    And how precisely would you fit two 2.5" drives into a MiniNotebook form factor?
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    Re: News - Western Digital 1TB mobile drive: much ado about nothing?

    make one that fits it.................
    http://rusi.org/downloads/assets/FDR2.pdf - RUSI - A Force For Honour
    http://www.uknda.org/my_documents/my...essity_scr.pdf - UKNDA: A Compelling Necessity
    http://www.uknda.org/my_documents/my...ISIS_Sep08.pdf - UKNDA: Overcoming The Defence Crisis
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    Re: News - Western Digital 1TB mobile drive: much ado about nothing?

    I still have an 18GB 12.5mm IBM drive from (quite) a few years back... IIRC that actually had 4 platters in that height (I may be wromg though ...).

    These WD drives are great - give it 6 months when Hitachi and Fujitsu are making their 12.5mm drives in 1GB (or more...) for £70-80, then put 8 in a mini-itx NAS (you can get 5.25" hotswap bays that hold 4 of these) and you have an silent 8TB NAS that will run off a 60W psu. Sweet.

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