14 votes

The $15/terabyte hard drive is coming

10 comments

  1. [10]
    jcdl
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    I certainly hope so. I can’t believe how expensive rotating storage still is. I distinctly remember buying a WD 1TB drive for $50 CAD about a year before the floods. Today, that drive is something...

    I certainly hope so. I can’t believe how expensive rotating storage still is. I distinctly remember buying a WD 1TB drive for $50 CAD about a year before the floods. Today, that drive is something like $80 CAD. Factor in stronger exchange rates and inflation, and it’s a wash. A little later I bought an 80GB SATA Intel SSD for $300. Today, a 1TB Intel NVMe SSD goes for half that.

    I can’t even buy used spinning drives on eBay for a reasonable price (not that I’d want to). My current ~7TB RAID5 setup is getting old and full and I’m getting nervous about drive failures.

    I don’t want to have to “shuck” external drives to get a decent price. I just want a simple RAID1 or maybe a RAID10 setup somewhere in the 20TB range for around $500 CAD. I don’t feel like that’s unreasonable.

    6 votes
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      gpl
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      Perhaps a bit off topic to the main thrust here, but what do you use all of that storage for? Most of my machines have been in the ~250-500 GB range and I’ve never come close to filling them up. I...

      Perhaps a bit off topic to the main thrust here, but what do you use all of that storage for? Most of my machines have been in the ~250-500 GB range and I’ve never come close to filling them up. I had a 1TB backup drive and again, with a total system backup as well as some other files, I only filled up maybe 60% of it. Just curious what it is that generates so much data for you.

      2 votes
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        jcdl
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        Lossless music, mostly. More recently RAW photos (30MiB each). I also would like to keep downsampled .ogg files for streaming when I’m away from home, but I haven’t figured out a workflow for that...

        Lossless music, mostly. More recently RAW photos (30MiB each). I also would like to keep downsampled .ogg files for streaming when I’m away from home, but I haven’t figured out a workflow for that yet.

        I also have some modestly sized VMs that I’d like to start taking full snapshot backups of.

        10 votes
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          Moonchild
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          Is flac not small enough to be streamed usefully? I can't imagine it's larger than video, which people regularly stream.

          I also would like to keep downsampled .ogg files for streaming when I’m away from home

          Is flac not small enough to be streamed usefully? I can't imagine it's larger than video, which people regularly stream.

          1 vote
          1. jcdl
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            Ah, I should have been more specific. To stream over LTE when I’m driving.

            Ah, I should have been more specific. To stream over LTE when I’m driving.

            4 votes
      2. nothis
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        If you work with graphics, you can fill any hard drive. I recently upgraded my laptop to a 1TB SSD, thinking it should hold for a while. I just checked and only have 35GB left. All you need is a...

        If you work with graphics, you can fill any hard drive. I recently upgraded my laptop to a 1TB SSD, thinking it should hold for a while. I just checked and only have 35GB left. All you need is a client sending a few folders of messy, needlessly high-res stuff and space is eaten up quickly. Data tends to expand with the amount of space available. If you don't force people to zip their archives and avoid duplicates, space will be filled.

        8 votes
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        spctrvl
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        For me, it's mostly games, movies, and TV shows. The latter in particular can take up boatloads of space, and especially if they're from DVD rips and the like, can't be re-downloaded when needed...

        For me, it's mostly games, movies, and TV shows. The latter in particular can take up boatloads of space, and especially if they're from DVD rips and the like, can't be re-downloaded when needed like games can. Though there's some savings to be had in re-encoding them in h265 and other more efficient codecs, I still need at least a couple TB for my collection.

        5 votes
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          gpl
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          Very interesting. Do you find yourself using a decent percentage of what you have saved, or is it more a ‘just in case you need it’ type of thing. Just curious because I have often wondered who...

          Very interesting. Do you find yourself using a decent percentage of what you have saved, or is it more a ‘just in case you need it’ type of thing. Just curious because I have often wondered who these big drives were marketed for!

          2 votes
          1. spctrvl
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            If I had to throw out a number, I'd say probably somewhere in the range of 20% of my library gets accessed a year. I don't rewatch stuff too often, but storage is cheap (my library fits on a $50...

            If I had to throw out a number, I'd say probably somewhere in the range of 20% of my library gets accessed a year. I don't rewatch stuff too often, but storage is cheap (my library fits on a $50 3TB HDD), and I don't like my access to content being subject to the licensing agreements of megacorps.

            I will say that I'm not necessarily a representative sample though, I'm pretty sure most of the gigantic drives are marketed towards people who fill them with games, at least in the home market. I'm fortunate enough to have a decent internet connection, so I tend to only have games installed that I'm actively playing, since downloading doesn't take too long.

            1 vote
      4. stu2b50
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        Not OP, but Destiny 2, for instance, is 160 GB by itself. Blurays are often the same size. Lossless music builds up, too. It's pretty easy for media to come up to several GBs these days.

        Not OP, but Destiny 2, for instance, is 160 GB by itself. Blurays are often the same size. Lossless music builds up, too. It's pretty easy for media to come up to several GBs these days.

        1 vote