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    New 2TB hdd on sale in UK

    scan is selling the new 2tb monsters.

    It's a western digital wd20eads caviar green with 32mb cache. The price at the moment is 258£ which is obscene (it costs 3 times more than a 1tb spinpoint for example). It's also not in stock at the moment but you can preorder.

    Anyone has any experience with these monsters, or intends to buy any?

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    Re: New 2TB hdd on sale in UK

    Its silly when you can buy 4 1TB drives and run a raid 1+0 array for better performance.

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    Re: New 2TB hdd on sale in UK

    I will be buying a couple in the next few months to start migrating my 5x500GB RAID-5 array. Then eventually will move up to a 5x2TB RAID-5 array.

    No-one has any rel hands on experience as they aren't freely available yet. There are quite a few other threads about them though, I know as I've started at least one of them

    Quote Originally Posted by Meaker View Post
    Its silly when you can buy 4 1TB drives and run a raid 1+0 array for better performance.
    Sometime though, you need the data densite that 2TB drives will allow

    Although, thinking about it, I would be better off upgrading my 5x500GB and my 5x1TB to the 1.5TB Seagates right now.

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    Re: New 2TB hdd on sale in UK

    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    Although, thinking about it, I would be better off upgrading my 5x500GB and my 5x1TB to the 1.5TB Seagates right now.
    Why do you need 15 TB of disk Funkstar? You running a Pr0n server?...

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    Re: New 2TB hdd on sale in UK

    True if you are running a single drive machine or multiple 2TB setup.

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    Re: New 2TB hdd on sale in UK

    Quote Originally Posted by Fraz View Post
    Why do you need 15 TB of disk Funkstar? You running a Pr0n server?...
    Nope.

    It's mainly for a rather large media storage system. Music, videos, HD video... none of which has been downloaded. My TV recordings are starting to take up a frightening amount of space too.

    Also taken about 1,500 shots on my 40D in the past 2 months, so that isn't helping either. And I suspect this will be the pattern for the rest of the year too. Not to mention the amount of space HD camcorders chew through.

    Anyway, you can never have enough storage space

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    Re: New 2TB hdd on sale in UK

    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    Anyway, you can never have enough storage space
    True!!

    However the price on these 2tb disks is just obscene.

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    Re: New 2TB hdd on sale in UK

    No more than 1TB drives were on first release.

    With the exception of the 1.5TB Seagate, the new highest capacity drives always launch at around £230-250.

    Should see them reduce fairly quickly to a shade below £200 though. But you will (pretty much) always pay a premium for the highest data density

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    Re: New 2TB hdd on sale in UK

    when the 1.5tb drives are about £106 it makes it a hard choice to pay an extra £150 for another 465gb of usable space. you can get 3tb and still have £50 left over if you buy at the right time. i was thinking about getting one or two for my personal home pr0n server if the price was about £150, but it looks like it will be a while off until the price drops

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    Re: New 2TB hdd on sale in UK

    Quote Originally Posted by Fraz View Post
    Why do you need 15 TB of disk Funkstar? You running a Pr0n server?...
    Was thinking about this in the car on the way home (oh how the mind wonders...).

    It wouldn't be 15TB anyway, only 5.25TB per array with 1.5TB drives once you take the RAID-5 redundancy, file system overhead and of course that cursed gigabyte<>gibibyte difference.

    Leaving me with a mear 10.5TB of usable storage split over two NAS boxes.

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    Re: New 2TB hdd on sale in UK

    No-one's had a a lot of experience with them as they've only just come out, but I have found that WD's 1TB Green drives are just as good as any other WD drive, obviously with a little less power with them being "Green Power", but unless your using it as your OS drive your not really going to notice the difference; and so based on that I can't really see how the 2TB's are going to be any different unless they struggle under heavy loads with power usage?!?

    I'm waiting until they come down in price though before I purchase one - hope this helps.


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    Re: New 2TB hdd on sale in UK

    Funkstar: What do you use to store your HD? I am a bit of a space hog myself, though I've resisted the urge of buying many HD because I am not sure what is the best way to stack them once I fill my case up. Going external would be a pain because of the number of cables and power sockets required.

    I am curious about NAS box, but they don't seem cheap, and I've yet to set one up. Furthermore, I can't change the router settings in anyway since it's not mine and the landlord probably wouldn't want me to mess about with it.

    Thanks.

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    Re: New 2TB hdd on sale in UK

    Far as I'm concerned, more power to you nutjobs!

    I could live on my 75GB drive forever. But as long as guys like Funkstar find the need for terabytes of storage, I'm benefiting as my small needs will be satisfied more cheaply thanks to the trickle-down effect. Therefore, you won't hear me complain!

    Wow, hard to believe that a decade ago, 20GB drives were considered luxuriously large.

    http://www.alts.net/ns1625/winchest.html

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    Re: New 2TB hdd on sale in UK

    Quote Originally Posted by Funkstar View Post
    No more than 1TB drives were on first release.

    With the exception of the 1.5TB Seagate, the new highest capacity drives always launch at around &#163;230-250.

    Should see them reduce fairly quickly to a shade below &#163;200 though. But you will (pretty much) always pay a premium for the highest data density
    The new 2TB have already dropped to about &#163;140 in China from what I heard from my friend. 1.5TB Seagate is about &#163;89 which when adding VAT is not that far from the UK price.

    I really wanted these 2TB drives unfortunately the price is not coming down as fast as I would like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TooNice View Post
    Funkstar: What do you use to store your HD? I am a bit of a space hog myself, though I've resisted the urge of buying many HD because I am not sure what is the best way to stack them once I fill my case up. Going external would be a pain because of the number of cables and power sockets required.

    I am curious about NAS box, but they don't seem cheap, and I've yet to set one up. Furthermore, I can't change the router settings in anyway since it's not mine and the landlord probably wouldn't want me to mess about with it.

    Thanks.
    I currently have just over 200 HD-DVDs sitting on a shelf, they are rather unsightly, but that does make about 5TB of data (ignoring double disk releases). I don't have any of my CDs or DVDs on display anymore.

    NAS boxes are expensive, but then so are decent RAID cards. I've been looking into building my own dedicated server rather than relying on my two Thecus N5200s. But that will have to wait until I get a large flat and have more space.

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    Re: New 2TB hdd on sale in UK

    Quote Originally Posted by arthurleung View Post
    The new 2TB have already dropped to about £140 in China from what I heard from my friend. 1.5TB Seagate is about £89 which when adding VAT is not that far from the UK price.
    Thats interesting. If they can drop to £150 over the next couple of months I'd be happy

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