TDK Looks to Deliver 2.5TB Drives By Early 2010

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kookykrazee

I know 15-20 years ago when I built my first computer, I had figured I could never need multiple drives, but as the years have gone on and more options have become available, the more space I have the more I want.  I currently have 2 1.5TB, 2 1TB and my main 500GB for my C Drive.  At this point, I am about 85% full.

Granted, the average Joe or Jane do not need this kind of space and prefer to play their DVD or even VHS tapes, but for me, I will continue to add drives as the costs come down.  When the 2.5TB drives come out, that will lower the 2TB and 1.5TB drives even lower than than they are now.

The only limitations I have is that I can 'only' have 8 total SATA drives in my system and have 2 DVD burners with one being upgraded to BR before the end of the year.  I have one open port and am keeping an eye on 1.5TB drives to add for space.  It appears that my only future options will either be external drives or getting a PCI SATA card.

At this point, I have ripped all of my 100s of CDs and DVDs along with my TV shows and that takes up almost 3.75TB of space.  I also have taken all of my games and programs and converted those images, too.  It is really annoying to have to put in the disk or remove it and I just would prefer to play games on my HD TV, ya know?

 Bring on the bigger drives!  The faster the come the quicker the others go down in price, right? lol

I would love a reasonably priced SSD, but the price of HDs are low enough it doesnt matter, yet!

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jechaucer

I have seen the cost of WD 1tb drives under a hundred bucks. Spending a hundred bucks or even two is a smal price to pay to safeguard your data. 250gb is no small matter of data to be lost. I realize times are tough and many of you folks here are on the younger side, but just like air, food, and water, backed up data is one of life's essentials. I am very paranoid with my data. I have a half dozen external drives plus back up to internal network drives. I would never trust my data on one hard drive. I never could understand how computer savoy people do this. I can see the layman who doesn't know better. I'm a person who relies on my computer alot. I store everything in. I scan receipts, personal documents, family photos, etc. In addition I own a small business and have my business data. I am no different then many of you. I take the warnings seriously. BACK UP YOUR DATA!! So if you do purchase this 2.5gb drive (I will) make sure that 2.5gb of data is backed up somewhere else.

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nekollx

 sometimes you can't aford that 100 bucks (well at one time, if i had a few week i can pull it together) cause bills are tight now. What i do is back up my important documents to my existing exteral as best i can manuall andpost my works in progress and finished work to Deviant Art.

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tkddan87

Wow talk about missing the point.  Ok so here is the point i was trying to make, its not the total amount of space, i see truely massive storage quantities being a normal for a home user in the near future. was i was saying is drives fail we all know that and alot of times without warning.  it is better to lose 250-300gb instead of a TB or more in a drive failure. i think its just investing too much in one place.

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barfly711

Nuff said.

Also, for you people that can't afford multiple drives to support a redundant solution, how is that my fault?

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jechaucer

A comment was made to the effect that these hard drives are pointless because they are too big.  First, it depends what you are doing. If you are ripping movies and storing them on the puter then terrabytes get eaten up pretty quick. Even if your not storing movies. How about a 20 year collection of home movies, photographs scanned in, family documents, songs, and all the other crap. That's pretty much what I got. I use about 4TB of strorage. I have numerous external HD's for backup. Hey, don't complain about losing data. External drives are so cheap these days. Everyone should have several with multiple backups. I remember the days when megabyte drives came on the scene, then gigabyte drives. Everyone said we would never fill them. Guess they have egg on their face. The computer industry is trying to pull the wool over our eyes though. They want you to think you need the fastest computer with the largest hard drive, you know the latest and greatest. It all depends what you do. My wife only surfs the internet, gets email, and sometimes maybe she will use MS Word to type a letter. Does she really need that P4 with 500gb hard drive and 2 gb ram? Of course not. She could get by with an old fasioned 486. All depends on the need. Oh, and as far as defrag. Aftermarket programs are quicker than Windows defrag. Still will take a bit of time, so just run it before bed.

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israel09

Exactly, I've seen people skip a computer for $500 dollars. buy one that cost $2000 dollars. and then all they do is get on Myspace and play games on Yahoo. lol .

 

because they think it wont be "fast" enough. 

 

whats even worse is when windows wont load or has a problem, they think they need a whole new computer, LOL (although that is slightly complicated for the average user) 

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arch-chancellor

I first heard the points made by the writer below about ten years ago when the first computer I bought had an 8GB hard drive.

By the way, that hard drive pictured above, that doesn't look like a PATA or a SATA interface. I think I got one like it collecting dust in a parts bin somewhere.

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Devo85x

I could be wrong, but it looks to me like the drive pictured above is a SCSI interface... anyone know for sure?

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comptech08

your right. 

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tkddan87

im sorry but i really dont see the point of these really high storage hdds...ya ok you can download the internet but say one fails or you need to virus scan or defrag the sucker...its going to take lifetimes. and on top of that how about redundancy...if you have even a TB drive and it dies..everything is gone..while if you have many smaller drives say 250-320gb..thats pleanty of space but if one does you only lose 250gb not EVERYTHING!

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comptech08

o and Bill Gates said we would never go above 512mb, or w/e size he said.  You cannot judge these sizes on todays terms, you can only judge it for the future.  Someday this will be a budget build size harddrive.  It was not to long ago that 1 gb of RAM was to much.

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Devo85x

The actual quote by Bill Gates was, "640k should be enough for anyone" :)

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comptech08

lol ya i thought it was k after i submitted but didnt feel like looking it up. o well.

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barfly711

What are you people who complain about how big/fast hardware is becoming doing on MaximumPC? Does innovation really bother you that much?

I rip most of my music to 320 CBR MP3 and to FLAC. If you have a large music collection then this starts to add up quickly. I also have a large collection of 5.1 SACD and DVD-Audio discs ripped to FLAC and those can consume 5-6GB. Ripping even a standard def movie to your library uncompressed can easily consume 6-8GB. Add in shooting still images to RAW, working with HD video in Final Cut and you can see how the need for something as large as a 2.5TB hard drive is necessary.

If you're content listening to your 128kbps mp3s you pulled off Limewire then by all means enjoy hanging out in 1998.

However, there are many of us power users who aren't content with living in the dark ages of highly compressed media.

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snapple00

Some people don't rip everything they have to their computer. Some people also don't care about uncompressed media.

You can fit quite a bit of 320 kbps mp3s on a regular 500 GB hard drive; more than most care to pay for.

But movies do indeed take up quite a bit of space. I'd much rather have high def video taking up a ton of space than crap compressed video that is a pain to watch.

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Devo85x

If defraging is a problem, schedule a defrag every day, it will only take about 5 minutes each day... belive me, I could use 2.5TB... backup movies, tv shows, linux distros, games, music, pictures, programs, etc... as for virus scanning, just scan when you arent using your computer... do you go to work? start a scan when you leave and schedule a shutdown for a couple of hours later... as for if the drive fails... that is what RAID 1 is for... just make sure to check to make sure both HDDs are working, and if one fails, just replace it... nothing lost... and you may be able to stick with 250GB, but for most people, 250GB and even 500GB-1TB might not be enough... especially if we are talking servers... web, home, or otherwise...

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Pinkyblister

I wish TDK well, but I hope their quality exceeds what I have found with their CD media.  My company lost a $500 computer program on a TDK CD.  I was able to recover a copy from another source, but the original program was put on a TDK blank CD by the manufacturer-and it did not last 3 years.  I have become very wary of storage on CD and DVD.  It is really too bad that it does not always work.

Maybe their hard drives will be state of the art.  We can hope for another good competitor in the market.

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Digital-Kid0101

I want Western Digital to make a 1.5" SSD that is 5TB and has xtreme read/write speeds!

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Devo85x

You wont get it any time soon :) I want a 1cm drive with a 2 pin cable for power and data, with 25 exabytes with a read/write speed of 100 exabytes :) but I wont get it...

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