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Old 03-24-08, 07:42 PM   #1
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External hard drives

What is the absolute biggest you'd use? This is for digital images, music, and videos.
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Old 03-24-08, 07:50 PM   #2
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Right now, it seems you get the most bang for your buck at 500 GB. So more than likely, 2x500 GB would be cheaper than 1 TB, or 4x250 GB.
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Yeah, but do I really want 500g if important data on one drive?

I suppose I can back it up on DVD's...
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We've successfully tested 1TB for Security Video applications; still we recommend a RAID6 config when over 500GB
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Has anyone been shopping these recently? I could use another and so could my roommate. I've got the old Seagate 120G from a few years ago and it's worked fine. What's the best bang/buck these days?
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I'm debating on buying a 2TB external, but at that capacity, I would run the drive in raid 1 mode for mirrored 1TB just to minimize the loss of one of the drives pops.
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Has anyone been shopping these recently? I could use another and so could my roommate. I've got the old Seagate 120G from a few years ago and it's worked fine. What's the best bang/buck these days?
have been looking, but not really digging deep.

the Iomega Desktop Hard Drive 500 GB at $120 (plus shipping) is tempting.
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that is a lot of volume for $120!
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Old 03-24-08, 10:40 PM   #9
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This gets me wondering. Why can't HDD makers come up with some sort of standardized cartridge format for their drives, so I can completely get rid of tapes altogether, and use libraries of hard disks.

I know Imation has something like this called the Odyssey, but their capacity only goes up to 250 gigs. Dell has OEMed this, pitching it as a good removable solution for SMBs. Now, if we can just get a standard like this, but easily indexable and usable in the large size autochangers, this would be great.
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