Hard Disk Backup and the Terabyte drives arrive…


With the new Mac Os X 10.5’s backup plus ever more photos I’ve been scanning, I seem to keep needing more hard drives. So what is the latest from “Storage Review”:http://storagereview.com in terms of getting more. Well, the big news is that all of the big vendors, Hitachi, Seagate, Western Digital and Samsung now have terabyte drives and the costs are amazingly low, about $0.25-$0.30 per GB, so that means a terabyte is now about $250-300 (well, really a trillion bytes rather than a terabyte if you are stickler). I have some old Vantec Nexstar 3 enclosures that only support 750GB, but these drives are also much cheaper. So, what to get…the current “face off”:http://www.storagereview.com/1000.sr tells all which is in “summary”:http://www.storagereview.com/1000.sr?page=0%2C8 or as “888”:http://forums.storagereview.net/index.php?showtopic=26021 summarizes:

Looks like today’s HDD production and marketing is starting to move into new (in fact old but already almost forgotten) directions – every manufacturer has found its own special way with their 1TB drives:

* Hitachi 7K1000 = for performance fans (home gaming, processing and benchmarking users), but it is noisy, for about $205 in 750GB version. (“Pricegrabber”:http://computers.pricegrabber.com/hard-drives/m/49666369/search=hitachi%207k1000/sort_type=bottomline)
* Seagate = for server needs (high-load multi-user servers) at $230 for 750GB (“Zipzoomfly”:http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10005996 “Pricegrabber”:http://computers.pricegrabber.com/hard-drives/seagate/p/11/form_keyword=seagate+es.2/rd=1)
* WD Caviar GP WD10EACS = for “quiet&cool” lovers (home multimedia and consumer electronics users, but also for low-load storage like NASes ), but doesn’t have a 750GB version at $260 for 1GB (“Pricegrabber”:http://computers.pricegrabber.com/hard-drives/wd/p/11/form_keyword=wd+caviar+gp/rd=1)
* Samsung SpinPoint F1 = for budget lovers… hehe thanks to Samsung we have so nice HDD prices today!

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