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Windows 7: Western Digital Launches World-First 2TB Hard Drive

27 Jan 2009   #11
ittech

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regarding the large drives, since people tend not to back up their drives, that's a lot of data to lose if a drive goes south. i cater to small business more than home market, so the question is not how big a drive do you want, rather it is how much data can you afford to lose? backup strategies don't get nearly the attention they deserve.
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27 Jan 2009   #12
Mark

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ittech View Post
regarding the large drives, since people tend not to back up their drives, that's a lot of data to lose if a drive goes south. i cater to small business more than home market, so the question is not how big a drive do you want, rather it is how much data can you afford to lose? backup strategies don't get nearly the attention they deserve.

You company or personal Data would only make up a tiny percentage compared to the actual programs installed so as long as you are backing up personal Data you can reinstall everything else.
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28 Jan 2009   #13
ittech

XP/Vista/Windows 7 builld 7000
 
 

true, but people tend in home markets anyway to use their drive to 80 or even 90 percent capacity, hence the trend to larger and yet larger drives. you can reinstall your programs true but 2 TB, that's a lot of mp3's or photos. On a drive that size, i rather doubt it's ms office documents. for business, the data would be backed up anyway, (although you'd be surprised in the new client small business market).
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30 Jan 2009   #14
racook2

Windows 7 Beta (64 bit) Build 7000 || Vista Ultimate in VPC 2007 SP1
 
 

Humm? Looks more like $300... not $250... I would rather do 2 1tb in a stripe I think and save about $80...

just my 2 cents

Newegg.com - Western Digital WD20EADS 2TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
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30 Jan 2009   #15
damoh

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

2TB!! what would you fill it with that was not copyrighted?
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31 Jan 2009   #16
Bellerophon

Windows Se7en Ultimate x64
 
 
Movies

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by damoh View Post
2TB!! what would you fill it with that was not copyrighted?
Backing up your legit DVD movie collection? I have 1TB and haven't got nearly half my DVD's on there yet and need more room.

MS Operating system or backing up your 1TB disk/partition!! lol
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31 Jan 2009   #17
johngalt

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bellerophon View Post
Obsolete or at least it will be in the next year. SSD's are already up to 1TB. Article here. Can't believe that already the prices are starting to drop for these and boy they are fast, forget about the WD VelociRaptor already comparable size and price

I want one.
Better read the fine print:
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PureSilicon has not said how much its 1TB drive will cost, saying only that it will be available in the third quarter of this year with "pricing to be determined".
That is still a long way away, right now. Meanwhile these 2 TB WDs are 'in the wild - as in finalized, RTM and gold status.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mr GRiM View Post
That's good to see they have come along so far so quickly, i can't beleive they are at 1TB already, I want one too!! The next step will be to incorporate the system RAM into the same device and then we can say goodbye to the page file and have even lower latency.
You'll never say goodbye to the pagefile - High density RAM is still not *that* cheap, and even if it gets to a point where it is, RAM is volatile - so you'll need a nonvolatile medium to store info for things like write caching, program info that is not to be changed (read only), etc.

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2TB........ WOW!

I am young and don't remember the small drives (under 10GB) but 2TB! Still alot of space!
I do - Hell, I love Seagate, but WD made themselves a major player in the storage medium market by buying out what, IMNSHO, was *the* best HD manufacturer ever - Conner. I swore by Conner when I used to use their 425 MB HDs, and the *only* problem I had was trying to get a double density 850 MB HD to work with a WD - they didn't exactly like each other before the buyout....it worked wonders with a 425 on the same IDE channel, but put anything else there and the 850 went stupid.

Ahhh, 425 MB....

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I remember when my mate got his first computer, it was a Commodore Amiga 1200 and he had a 100MB hard drive which was considered pretty good back then around 1994 I think.
lol Tandy 1000 EX, 256 K RAM, dual 5.25 360K drives, ***no hard 'card'***
And had a Ti/99-4A....

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for mr. grim, try a sinclair zx80 with no hd but a whopping 2K...yeah, 2K of ram. an add on pack of 16mb cost more than the original unit. circa about 1980/1981. ran in basic but if you learned machine code, you could do an amazing amout of work with 2K.
OK, that has me, unless I get to count my ColecoVision console?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ittech View Post
regarding the large drives, since people tend not to back up their drives, that's a lot of data to lose if a drive goes south. i cater to small business more than home market, so the question is not how big a drive do you want, rather it is how much data can you afford to lose? backup strategies don't get nearly the attention they deserve.
OTOH a drive that size with W7 and VHD load technology would allow for a *nice* plethora of desktop virtualization options, both for businesses *and* homes users....

It's funny, I see people getting these super fact raptors and putting them in RAID to get every ounce of speed out of their system for whatever reason -0 I say RAID 5 your data and let the OS boot off a normal SATA drive (or SSD if you want the speed) - and save yourself the headache from, not a reinstall, but a data erased / lost / unrecoverable" scenario....

But that is just me....


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mr GRiM View Post
You company or personal Data would only make up a tiny percentage compared to the actual programs installed so as long as you are backing up personal Data you can reinstall everything else.
Ummm....That is a glittering generality that you cannot afford to believe is 100% true.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ittech View Post
true, but people tend in home markets anyway to use their drive to 80 or even 90 percent capacity, hence the trend to larger and yet larger drives. you can reinstall your programs true but 2 TB, that's a lot of mp3's or photos. On a drive that size, i rather doubt it's ms office documents. for business, the data would be backed up anyway, (although you'd be surprised in the new client small business market).
True, but one of the reasons they are doing so is because of increased bandwidth speeds as well as increased storage - it means I can now go to NetFlix and do video on demand, without of running out of HD space when streaming HD quality video over the Internet, or whenever I want to make FLAC or OGG lossless recordings of my albums, etc.

The *usual* lament I hear from tech support when items get lost is that "I only really need that one folder, the rest were {insert media type} and I can get those again....

Of course, there has been the one or two clients who needed simply absolutely everything because their entire life's work (artist / photog) was on there....
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31 Jan 2009   #18
racook2

Windows 7 Beta (64 bit) Build 7000 || Vista Ultimate in VPC 2007 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johngalt View Post

OTOH a drive that size with W7 and VHD load technology would allow for a *nice* plethora of desktop virtualization options, both for businesses *and* homes users....

It's funny, I see people getting these super fact raptors and putting them in RAID to get every ounce of speed out of their system for whatever reason -0 I say RAID 5 your data and let the OS boot off a normal SATA drive (or SSD if you want the speed) - and save yourself the headache from, not a reinstall, but a data erased / lost / unrecoverable" scenario....

But that is just me....

Well, people can go around all day on this, but I run 2 Velociraptors 150gb drives in Stripe for my OS & programs only and couldn't be happier. I see your point about backing up however, and I have all my data on 2 mirrored drives.

Any OS and programs can be reinstalled in about an hour or two, which is probably just as much time it would take to jack with 'recovering' an OS from a single drive... and then you still have a recovered OS so who knows the problem in there that made you lose it in the first place... and if its failure of HDD, then recovering it isn't an option anyways, so wether your main Single OS HDD goes out, or one of your stripes, you are still looking at a fresh install, If the extra $ isn't a big issue, then why not get the speed?

Having said that, I do feel that spending the money on a data back-up (like a mirror or Raid-5) takes prioroty over the stripe.

Another tip for those really not wanting to lose the most irreplacible files, I back those (Pictures, Bank Stuff, Etc.) on a flash drive and keep it in a fire safe. *just incase* Don't wait for the fire to think of this, cause your raid-5 and 6 won't do in that case. Spend the $20 on a 2-4gb flash and you will have peace of mind.
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