They had announced that Seagate had developed a 400Gb hard disk that they were putting on a space probe or something like that and now you can actually buy it!
Ps. Not sure if this is old news though.......
well, it's not old news in the sense that 400GB is the biggest hdd that you can get in the market, but at the same time, it's not as dramatic either (i.e. space probe) I believe a 500GB drive is expected to be in the market soon.
Anyway a 400GB hdd comes for about $250 - $300, but wait a few months and the prices would probably drop significantly...
Only movie freaks gonna need such a mammoth drive. Not for regular chaps like us ! Well, my 40 GB drive is only 20% populated with a fair collection of Audio and Softwares.The smaller the size, better is the performance. Of course, I mean a reasonable size, not 1GB ! :lol:Also such large drives are a maintainance hazard sometimes. They heat up and the seek-time, lag increases.A 40/60GB drive with ATA100/133 compliance is a good one to choose.
i have 160 gigs and i think i might need a new hard disk sometime next month. not every guy is average and not everyone just surf the net to check mails. people do video editing. they store home videos. with High Definition Videos coming next, any storage will be little storage. a 5.1 meg camera takes photos which comes at 5 meg a piece... times are changing and i am scared of it.
The most obvious user would be a person who does video editing - when you are working with high quality videos, those GBs go reeeeaaaaaal fast.... so anyone making things like music videos, documentaries, video art, or even editing home videos woud need this drive...
and the next most obvious user would be the avid movie downloader / DVD ripper, who say perhaps likes having all his movies on his hard drive at the touch of a button... considering that simple DivX movies can be 1 - 1.5 GB a piece, a 400GB actually is not that huge for someone with a sizeable movie collection.
and along the lines of what idiot said, one of the disadvantages is that anything you do, like scanning the whole drive for viruses/spyware, is going to take a loooooong time if the drive is filled up significantly! And also, if you have that much data, you would probably want to back it up... which means buing another 400GB drive, or at least a DVD burner (but if HD-DVD vs. Blu-Ray ever gets sorted, a backup for that drive would be quite easy, though probably time-consuming).
advantages - you have 400GB of space and never have to delete an e-mail.. I mean file again.