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Windows 7: Hard drive prices - and innovation - decline


03 Apr 2013   #11
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Damn Nigel, I need to go to bed. I read those figures as 27th and 60th. yes in drive-speak it is 1000 GB=1TB.
Sorry NightHawk.

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03 Apr 2013   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

It happens to all of us - Try watching the live posts stream by for a few hours - and so I decided to delete some of my old subscribed threads and selected and deleted the newest page not the last, and that was when i first got up this morning, doesn't bode well for the day
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03 Apr 2013   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Gee maybe I should reword that to "from 20 TERA-BYTE to 60 TERA-BYTE during these early hours?

The real problem to be seen when drives that size come out will be with the OS used! You won't be seeing a 7 primary fill a drive that large with a single primary only! The drive that large when OSed would need to be split up since presently Vista, 7, 8 alike don't get past the 2 TB mark. OEM 2tb drives are equipped with a recovery partition that takes a piece out there on the new machines coming out now while C may be only 1.5tb.

The solution? It won't be from using the MBR(Master Boot Record) method seen from 2000 and newer but the GUID partitioning theme deployed to make anything 2tb or larger work with the present versions(Vista, 7, 8) to work with. Early last year WD updated their own Knowledge Base about the 2tb limitations seen at Hard drives greater than 2 TB do not work on existing operating systems
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03 Apr 2013   #14
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Yeah, that I can read fine.
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03 Apr 2013   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Yeah, that I can read fine.
I think it"s the day after April Fools Day that has everyone a little zonked! This is now a few days later so you can relax a little!

I'm still trying to figure out what I would do with a pair of 20TBers presently having a pair of 1tb Sata IIs for OS work and another pair of Sata IIIs for storage as well as another Green Power 1tb in a usb enclosure I bounce around to laptops to grab system images from. The total on all those is still under 4tera when counting everything. Back up everybody's pc in the neighborhood maybe?
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04 Apr 2013   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

I've always found that as my available storage capacity has increased - somehow my need for storage has increased accordingly

I've currently got 1.5 Tb on my main system plus the obligatory 1TB portable drive and am seriously thinking abour one of these 3 or 4TB drives both internal and of course as the internal capacity rises you need larger portable drives.

I intend to get a desktop drive dock and standard internals for backup in future - my main case has an external caged drive bay so it makes sense so I can swap the drives with my backup systems or client machines
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04 Apr 2013   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Stuck on 2TB

I guess there's no point in me getting a 3TB or larger drive since XP can't handle it.

Installing Windows on a GPT HDD also seems to be a nightmare.
There are thousands of Google hits about problems (and there seem to be a few threads on this forum too).
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04 Apr 2013   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

I was considering bumping the storage drives a pair of Sata IIIs up from 1tb to 2gb and then adding in a 2tb Sata II model as well for storing system images which will still leave the twin 1tb OS drives inplace while boosting the internel capacity. But the cost wasn't going to be worth it at the time since I was already paying out $110 for a Black edition 1tb drive. You might see $5 or so knocked at times at newegg.

A 3tb would be another thought while still not preferring the Green Power type drives there either. That would replace the 1tb which fills too fast when grabbing images from the laptops and a pair of desktops. That's using Acronis TI for the smaller image sizes(compresses image sizes down) for not only 7 but one Vista desktop and Vista laptop as well as a second 7 laptop plus the second 7 Pro mini tower.

Fortunately those do not see the larger volume of files ilke the main case does on a regular basis since the second case is a remote station for other projects as well as others not trying everything out as far as examining various apps and trying various things out along with working with video capturing. That can chew up drive space in a blink of an eye!

The docking station idea will work if you have several small drives or need to recover files from one without opening up the case to install it internally if not having an enclosure. You can stack drives to one side while working with others! You don't see those too often anymore however. When running a fast search EBay and amazon come up first. Amazon.com: 2.5" 3.5" SATA IDE HDD Docking Station Dual Hard Disk Drive Dock e-SATA Hub-red and black: Everything Else

Mainly this is due to the increasing popularity of usb/eSata external drives and enclosures seen in the last few years as well as larger capacity drives being available now that weren't seen let's say 6-7yrs. back. Plus not too many still use ide drives except for maintaining older pcs when needing a replacement. Most now look at either larger capacity, external, or SSDs and wouldn't even look at docking stations.
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04 Apr 2013   #19

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Well I have been watching hdd prices the past couple months, I have noticed this myself without having a article to tell me this. I hope they go back to at least normal prices so I can get myself a couple bigger hdd's.
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04 Apr 2013   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

I am still not as familiar with the WD Intellipower models but a 2tb Sata III model is now being seen for what I paid for a Sata II 1tb Black edition. Western Digital Red WD20EFRX Internal Hard Drive - Newegg.com

Yet the 1tb Black edition went up $10! The RE Enterprise 1tb drive is also priced the same which is not so common since they typically ask a bit more for those. The 2tb size for that runs $225 however.
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