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Topic # 151504 27-Aug-2014 17:18
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What can I say that's a whole lot of space on one drive.

http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/26/seagate-8tb-hard-drive/




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  Reply # 1116727 27-Aug-2014 17:22
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We saw that this morning, too.  Local distributors don't have stock yet.

I was so excited when my first 'real' computer came with a 20Mb hard drive....  :)




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  Reply # 1116728 27-Aug-2014 17:25
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That sure is a whole heap of data to lose if/when it dies!




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  Reply # 1116731 27-Aug-2014 17:28
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BigHammer: That sure is a whole heap of data to lose if/when it dies!

I was thinking about RAID arrays when you posted this.  You can only get data on and off a drive at X speed.  Replacing an 8Tb drive in a RAID array will trigger a RAID rebuild putting more stress on the remaining drives making them a little more likely to fail.  Rebuilding 8Tb of data would take quote a bit of time.  I would be nervous and have my backups ready in case it all went toes up.




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  Reply # 1116738 27-Aug-2014 17:36
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Wow, I can remember changing platters and R/W heads on 10MB drives after 2 of us lifted it onto 2 school desks.

I also remember having a cup of coffee in the canteen and the boss asking why I wasn't working. He then walked away laughing when I explained that I had dropped the spin tight onto a hard disk platter.

Probably a number of years ago.... 35 but who is counting?

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  Reply # 1116740 27-Aug-2014 17:38
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BigHammer: That sure is a whole heap of data to lose if/when it dies!

I was thinking about RAID arrays when you posted this.  You can only get data on and off a drive at X speed.  Replacing an 8Tb drive in a RAID array will trigger a RAID rebuild putting more stress on the remaining drives making them a little more likely to fail.  Rebuilding 8Tb of data would take quote a bit of time.  I would be nervous and have my backups ready in case it all went toes up.


Used to take ~25 hours to rebuild our array of 48 3TB disks in Raid50 after a drive failure. On the plus side you can now run Raid10 and still get decent capacity from only a few spindles.

The I/O per GB will also be terrible, certainly only useful for sequential read/write.



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  Reply # 1116748 27-Aug-2014 18:02
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Yup I remember driving all the way to chch to spend $700 on a 20mb hd which was going to go in my 286 , things have moved ahead just a tad.




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  Reply # 1116756 27-Aug-2014 18:21
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And I thought floppy drives were just 'the stuff' when they were do thin and light and [i]fast[/] compared to the tape drive before...

More recently remember marvelling at 300GB drives a few years back when I moved to NZ with all my life games/songs and movies on a 64gb :)

Have yet to need more than the 4x500gb and a 1TB backup drive since I switched to legal movies I can stream (and who bothers watching most movies again these days?) or redownload from iTunes for my kids rewatching...

So many 'Linux disks' editions would fit on 8TB!

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  Reply # 1116757 27-Aug-2014 18:21
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Dream come true!




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  Reply # 1116761 27-Aug-2014 18:26
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On the other hand, will we see higher capacity 2.5" drives? It seems to have stopped at 2TB. It is very handy without need for external power




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  Reply # 1116772 27-Aug-2014 18:59
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Presso: Yup I remember driving all the way to chch to spend $700 on a 20mb hd which was going to go in my 286 , things have moved ahead just a tad.



Ouch. The smallest drive I owned was a huge 320MB unit. I remember spending somewhere around $550 on a floppy drive for a Commodore 64. Much better than the cassette recorder we'd used prior.




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  Reply # 1116974 28-Aug-2014 07:28
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You will love this then -

Seagate hits 1 terabit per square inch, 60TB hard drives on their way - http://www.extremetech.com/computing/122921-seagate-hits-1-terabit-per-square-inch-60tb-drives-on-their-way

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