Kb, Mb, Gb, Tb, Pb, Eb?

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by audiobahn1000, Oct 17, 2006.

  1. Voltt

    Voltt New Member

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    Yeah. I guess its just a waiting game till they figure out how to make them huge. Also the the decline in price is interesting, is it something like: every year the price of 1GB is halved?
     
  2. 2048Megabytes

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    It will be a while before we see petabyte hard drives. Hard drives haven't even got near 15 terabytes in storage space. I don't know what to do with all the space on my 232 gigabyte hard drive.
     
  3. Aastii

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    lol +1 on this, of my 500Gb hard drive, I have just over 20% used, and ~60% of my 200GB storage used. I personally have no use at all for such vast amounts of storage yet

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  4. Geoff

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    I wish I was as lucky as you, my total storage is over 1TB right now. Most of it are photos and videos.

    I have the following drives:

    1x 300GB
    1x 500GB
    2x 750GB
    3x 1.5TB
     
  5. joh06937

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    are you running backups? if not, you are brave :eek:
     
  6. Aastii

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    most of mine is games. I think the total of all 4 computers in the house is only 1.4TB
     
  7. Geoff

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    Haha, yeah. The desktop has the 1x 300 and 2x 750's. I use a 1.5TB for backup via USB, one 1.5TB for backup via NAS, and one 1.5TB for backup that is stored offsite.
     
  8. apj101

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    who can spell redundancy ;)
     
  9. Resurrection

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    we now have 3TB drives don't we?

    when will be getting 1PB drives, anyone?
     
  10. Geoff

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    Did you create this account just to resurrect threads?
     
  11. Resurrection

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    Despite what my nick means, no.

    I'm dying to get my hands on 1PB drives.
     
  12. 2048Megabytes

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    It will be a long while before we see petabyte hard drives. Hard drives haven't even got near 20 terabytes in storage space (and there are 1024 terabytes in a petabyte). I don't know what to do with all the space on my 295 gigabyte hard drive. I left about 100 gigabytes of my drive unformatted because I simply did not need it.

    From what I have been reading recently, hard drives larger than 750 gigabytes have a higher failure rate than 750 gigabyte and lower capacity drives.

    Why do you need a hard drive with a storage capacity larger than 1 terabyte?
     
  13. jamesd1981

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    when do you think we will see a bit of a jump in hdd size, with hd video becoming common and soon 3d could become common place, what we think of as big now will be insufficient, i mean i have a 1tb spinpoint just for files and it is in the red and thats me being careful, i read a blog a while ago that seagate thought they could manage a 300 tb drive by 2010 and obviously that didn`t happen :(
     
  14. S.T.A.R.S.

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    rofl!!!hahahaha!!! :D omg rofl!!! :D
     
  15. Resurrection

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    I am not familiar with the failure rates of the large drives these days. I do know for a fact that the 2TB drives seem to fail more frequently, but 1TB drives have been out for ages now and the technology should be pretty mature at this point of time.

    I believe the bottleneck now is due to the MBR issue XP 32-bit. So drive makers see no point in pushing beyond 2TB, simply because consumers will be wondering where did the extra TBs go. There are a few 3TB drives out there, and I expect 4TB drives to be out this year.

    Most people actually do need more than 1TB in their computers, especially when media files these days are so much larger. Pictures from a digicam are easily 10MB each. The videos I have downloaded over the years come up to about 700GB, which isn't a lot honestly.
     
  16. Geoff

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    Quiet you, that was from 2006 :p
     
  17. gamerwithoutrig

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    in the future.. i'll have a cookie
     
  18. PohTayToez

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    It's an interesting question. Judging from this information, it took roughly 15 years (give or take a couple) to make the jump from megabytes to gigabytes, and a similar amount of time to jump from gigabytes to terabytes. I'd guess that it would take a similar length of time to make the jump to petabytes, although there is another factor to consider. With the emergence of solid state drives, the focus of hard drive development seems to be more along the lines of reliability, affordability, and speed rather than capacity. Even though 1TB or more drives are not uncommon, I've noticed that the average consumer has little use for more than 100GB (and I consider that to be a high estimate).

    Programs and operating systems no longer use a significant portion of hard drive space, so these days hard drive capacity needs relate solely to the amount of media being stored, namely video. Of course this brings up another interesting point, that streaming media is becoming more and more common and will likely replace downloaded media as the norm (if it hasn't already). In fact, as internet accessibility and speed increases, I would guess that we'll see slow down if not reversal of the increase in average storage space.

    Maybe I'm just rambling, but something to think about.
     
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  19. 2048Megabytes

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    I would suggest going thru and editing your videos and deleting data you do not really want. If you really feel you need everything you have buy another 750 gigabyte hard drive.

    Edit: I agree with you PohTayToez on the point that the focus seems to be more and more with increasing data read and write times on hard drives not on increasing storage space. The main market just is not there in my opinion for storage larger than a 1 terabyte in the general population.
     
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  20. S.T.A.R.S.

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    Who cares lol.Its funny haha :D
     

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