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Just a few years ago, a 1GB HD set me back nearly $900

Memory has always been a sticker for Windows upgrades. Each time Microsoft prepares for an OS release, memory and storage companies wait in anticipation because more memory is always required. Industry insiders however, predict that with Windows Vista, memory will not play as big of a role as it has been for the last several years. Instead, storage capacity will be the number one concern.

With HD video, music, and saving broadcasts to disk becoming ever popular, this trend wouldn't be much of a surprise. Hard drives of all types have become extremely affordable and knowing Windows, hard drive capacity requirements will always be high. Despite this, manufacturers are beginning to build systems that offer capacities in excess of 500GB with some systems shipping with over 1TB off the shelf.

In an interview with Voodoo PC, the manufacturer says that it may begin to ship systems with up to 8TB of storage, possibly with a sticker price of $8,000 to $9,000.

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Not just DVR function
By lennylim on 3/1/2006 5:24:10 PM , Rating: 2
I'd imagine the main reason for so much HDD space for storing video is if you're editing or creating content, not just recording off the air / cable / satellite.

What about Blu Ray? Dual layer 12cm Blu Ray discs can store 50GB per disc.

RE: Not just DVR function
By latrosicarius on 3/2/2006 12:49:31 AM , Rating: 1
I thought they were going to be 13 cm or some crazy sh**. Just enough to NOT fit in a 5.25 bay drive.

anywho, you gotta be careful with some of these things like ordering a butt load of HDD space b/c most current operating systems don't support arrays over 4TB.

I got about 1.5TB now, soon to be upgrading cuz of so much music & videos

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