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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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HD Space
By drunkenmastermind on 3/2/2006 2:11:23 AM , Rating: 2
Why have Terabytes when you could have...Petabytes!

RE: HD Space
By Brassbud on 3/2/2006 3:22:54 AM , Rating: 2
My main desktop uses one 80 GB HDD and is 50% free right now. Sure, I'm not doing much content creation, and my music exists mainly in my head, but until individual programs start getting in the 100 GB+ range, I think I'll be fine with a sub 500GB HDD...but we shall see.

RE: HD Space
By sieistganzfett on 3/2/2006 7:25:51 AM , Rating: 2
if individual programs get into the 100GB+ range, they damn well better run well and look real (if they are games/sims for something) or they better be using the 100GB for some good purpose. I'd hate to see that 5yrs from now where they just manage to waste space for something like MSword.

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