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    >500GB hard drives

    I am planning on getting a Shuttle SN27P2 along with an FX62 come June, but what I can't find anywhere is any plan on hard drives growing beyond 500gb each? The obvious plan is to go with a single 150gig raptor, and two storage drives, but will they be bigger like 750gb or something by then? Anybody know anything? Just meaning that 500gb drives have been around for ages so it must be time for something bigger!

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    You can always add harddrives

    Harddrives generally follows the moore's law (but I would say its a 2yr cycle), so you can do your maths.

    If you want something as fast as the raptor, but want larger capacity, your only solution is to go SCSI. (300G)
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    Can a Shuttle handle more than 3 drives? I am surprised they can handle that many already!

    SCSI won't be a feasible choice since you will need some kind of adapter. And if you are capped at 3 drives, you'll get more storage space with 1x Raptor and 2x 500GB than 3x 300GB.

    As for HD larger than 500GB.. Oddly enough (or maybe not, 500GB is still quite new) nothing announced yet. Perpendicular should be on the horizon at some point though.
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    a large RAID 5 array filled with raptors would be cheaper than a SCSI job.. Although SCSI is better for high throuhput and is more reliable.. depends on your needs..

    3x 500GB disks in a RAID 5 array would give you a 1TB array plus data intergirdy should a drive fail. Performance should sustain a 100mbps ethernet link with a proper hardware RAID controller like 3ware or acera in reading.
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    >500gig drives just aren't available right now. I've heard talk of 700 - 800 gig drives on the horizon (on RAID discussion forums). I think we might see them later in the year, but you are talking probably ~£400 at launch. Although they will push the 500gig drives down in price enventually too.

    I'm planning a 5x 400gig RAID 5 array in the next few months. Should do me until i can afford a 5x 800gig or something

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    The new shuttle has space for 3 drives, and I want the most storage I can in there, including a raptor as a boot drive without having to use an USB ones (of course will have some as well), but obviously the most inside is the best

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    You're really be better off with 3x500gb disks in raid 5 if you want maximum capacity with redundency.. I love my Raptors, but they don't hold much.
    Thats why I have a server with a bunch of disks for that job. Oh, and if you wanted massive capacity, what the hell did you get a shuttle for?.. that wasn't smart was it?
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    Hey Hey, I am on my 5th shuttle, absolutely love them and will never go back to a full tower! (and I suppose have now put together about 30 for friends and family etc...)

    Reason being that they are quiter... smaller... good looking... portable - the last one being absolutely vital in my case as I'm moving around a lot for a few weeks at a time, and want to take my desktop with me. I'm prepared to put up with only having 3 drive bays, but having a 150gig raptor and two 500gig dives is plenty! My current 550gigs is completely full, but it will take a while before I fill up 1150gb . It's just when I'm building a new one I want to put in as much as I possible can, and some thing like a pair of 750gig drives to support the raptor would be nice! mmmm over 1.5tb in a shuttle

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    Can you not use eSATA?
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    What's that?
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    External SATA. You basically get the performance of SATA outside the box (PC).

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    Oh of course, sorry being slow there

    I'm just not too keen on having to use external drives as they're just more effort to carry around etc... Basically going to be waiting for the biggest storage internal drives, and I suppose just a case of waiting for the next generation of slightly larger ones!

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    Well just 1 month after that post and the first 750gb hard drive leaks

    http://www.engadget.com/2006/04/21/s...acuda-7200-10/

    Sorry if everybody already knows about it!

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    Im sure there will be 1tb drives by the end of this year or early next.

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    well the 750gb is perpendicular so we should see the sizes rising even further shortly.
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    i believe that perpendicular storage increases desity by a factor of four, so potentially we could be seeing 2TB drives in years to come.

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