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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: Foolish
By Eris23007 on 3/2/2006 1:19:12 PM , Rating: 3

You're thinking Raid 0 (striping) across all 16 drives being an MTBF problem.

Raid 1 (mirroring) across those drives would be a solution, though I agree a RAID 5-based setup with a hardware controller card (I can't imagine asking the host CPU to do that many XORs and still run well) would be a pretty good solution if 8TB were really that necessary.

Anyway... In a few years I do think we'll get holographic storage going in a practical way, and hopefully HDs will be a thing of the past (wouldn't that be nice).

RE: Foolish
By Wwhat on 3/7/2006 8:01:58 PM , Rating: 2
Oh so very nice yes, can't wait :]

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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