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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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RE: $9,000 or a DVR
By jkresh on 3/1/2006 5:58:35 PM , Rating: 2
Most dvr's can only record a few hours of hd, 8tb's could hold hundreds of hours, which no consumer dvr can currently do. Plus as others have said it’s also a high quality pc so it’s silly to compare the two. Another thing to consider is if it uses current 500gig drives then its using 16 hard drives, which requires a rather large case, and with a retail price over $300 per drive, then 8-9 grand for the machine doesn’t sound so bad (with nearly 5grand in the drives alone). I don’t expect it to be mainstream at that price, but I can certainly see uses for it (having both 2 comcast hd dvrs and a mce system with 1.1tb’s of space, I know how fast it can get used if you are recording in hd).

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