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    1TB drives on the way

    Hitachi announced yesterday, just before the start of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, that it will be shipping a 1TB hard drive by the end of the first quarter in 2007.
    http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070105-8559.html

    This is of course because i bought a 500gig drive the other day and they want to spite me

    Anyone else remember When you needed a tower full of drives to make a TB, or am i showing my age?

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    sat down stairs i have a 859MB (that is a m) drive made by wester digital. you would have needed a tower BLOCK full of these to make 1tb (1165 if im correct)
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    Read about this earlier on Engadget. Sound slike they are going to be very agressively priced, $400 has been sugested. Compair this to the $399 list, discounted to £329 for the Seagate 750gig drive on BestBuy. So i think we can quite safely assume that the 750gig and 500gig drives are going to shift down in price quite a bit.

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    At this moment in time I would estimate that these drives should debut at around £300, will be a premium for them at the moment as they are the highest capacity drives around.

    Nice if you can afford it mind, wouldn't mind 3 in a Raid 5 setup but I don't have £900 to blow on it.

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    If these launch at £300 I'll probably buy one just to dump all the cables out of my case, currently got 6 drives in there

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    I think £300 would be a fair price. Assuming that is inc VAT that gives us 30.00p/gig, this compaires to 28.93p/gig for the current 750gig drive from Seagate.

    However, the 500gig Seagate is £15 less than the 500gig Hitachi, so there may be a further price premium.

    This is of course just idle speculation

    (all prices are based on the Scan price list)

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckskull View Post
    If these launch at £300 I'll probably buy one just to dump all the cables out of my case, currently got 6 drives in there
    Only problem with that would be if one drive fails it's bye bye everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madafwo View Post
    Only problem with that would be if one drive fails it's bye bye everything.
    S'ok only need 200 DVD-r's to back everything up

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckskull View Post
    S'ok only need 200 DVD-r's to back everything up
    If you have the time to do that the be my guest, once you've got yours done if you want to do mine go ahead

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    Just bought 2x500gb drives. Gutted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckskull View Post
    If these launch at £300 I'll probably buy one just to dump all the cables out of my case, currently got 6 drives in there
    Heh, I've got 8 in my rig, soon to be 12 next month, not to mention my 3 external ones, so these 1TB drives might come in handy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Madafwo View Post
    Only problem with that would be if one drive fails it's bye bye everything.
    A Valid point, I've never used Hitachi Deskstar drives, what's their reliability history like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarrenLCooper View Post
    Just bought 2x500gb drives. Gutted.
    You can always add more, well that is of course if you have spare ports & room inside your rig that is.

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    I d rather have two 500gig ones. Less painfull failures. The bigger the drives become, the higher the need for additional drivers to backup becomes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alsenior View Post
    sat down stairs i have a 859MB (that is a m) drive made by wester digital. you would have needed a tower BLOCK full of these to make 1tb (1165 if im correct)
    I'll really show my age here.....one of my first jobs was fixing 20Mb hard drives which were almost the size of a washing machine! They has a whopping great motor in them with a pulley and drive belt to the platter assembly - used to switch them on and then leave them for 10 minutes for the speed to stabilise Try telling the kids of today that and they won't believe you! Also worked on 8 inch floppy drives that held 100k!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madafwo View Post
    Only problem with that would be if one drive fails it's bye bye everything.
    then buy two and have the second and an external backup drive.

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    Just bought a 500gb Lacie external drive for £110 from Dabs! Unfortunately the best value is to buy 4 x 250Gb drives... Was looking at the LaCie 2Tb Bigger Disk... mmmm.

    Perhaps I just have too much data... Couldn't imagine losing 2TB of data! Try backing that up on DVD.

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