Do you need a 1TB drive?

Do you need a 1TB drive?

Summary: 1TB drives are in the pipeline from both Hitachi and Seagate - but do you really need a drive that big?  Do the downsides outweigh the benefits?

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1TB drives are in the pipeline from both Hitachi and Seagate - but do you really need a drive that big?  Do the downsides outweigh the benefits?

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  • Yup people will need

    Work always grows the size of you hard drive space available.

    You might not need it now but a year or two from now you sure will. Also in a year or two the price will be better for the drive too.

    So any saying the will never need this is wrong.
    voska
    • Future needs....

      ... may dictate the space requirement. For instance, if I could be bothered storing TV, Video, etc on a hard drive then it would be useful.

      In terms of everyday I.T. I would like external hard drive units for data backup with TB capacity.

      In an individual PC? I think not.
      bportlock
      • Things grow

        People do what they know they can do with the space available. More space mean they will do more. That mean more digital pictures, more music, more software, more video content and so on. It also means they will clean up less too. So give an averate user a TB drive and they will fill in year or two easily. That's just how space work. It's the same with space in a home. It looks like ton of space but with a few years you end up running out of space.

        An argument could be made that restricting users disk space means they will keep only what they want and have less useless data saved. Also have less disk space means average users are more likely to back up data as they need to make room for new data. I suspect TB drive will mean more lost data. So do average user need it, probably not but they will want it.
        voska
  • Two rules

    Rule one - There is no such thing as too much RAM.

    Rule two - There is no such thing as too much storage.


    ;-)
    No_Ax_to_Grind
  • For the average desktop user?

    Probably not. On the other hand this will do a nice job of shrinking the physical size of those multi TB RAID arrays...
    3D0G
    • I'd say they will need it

      Back when users had 1 GB hard drives and that was tons of space. Then suddenly it was full. So 10 GB drives had tons of space then 20, 40, 80, 160, 250, 300. I know people with 300 GB hard drive that are having space issues. I have 120 GBs of hard drive space and I'm constantly running out of space. I think if I had a TB of disk space that would suffice for me for about 3 years then I'd be running out of space again. For me it's games. I can install about 4 games on my current system then I'm out of space. Many of my game take over 10GBs of space each. Then add the digital picutre, music, video content and I'm out space really quick. Having TB of disk space would just mean I put more on my Hard Drive.
      voska
  • Minimum Requirement

    We will all need one for the next version of Windows after Vista. I'm sure the O/S will take up at least 900 Gigs itself! LOL
    YottaVolt
  • hdd's, external storage, and bloatware...

    The problem with giant drives today for the average consumer is: how do you back up all that data? For the average user, the data is completely entangled in Documents and Settings. Saving it to reliable media such as a CD or DVD is not an option, instead we have to rely on external USB drives. For those smart enough to disentangle Windows from their data and minimize the Windows O/S partition, it still often exceeds the capacity of a CD while DVD is often too expensive.

    More storage often just serves as a flag to programmers to create bloatware. Just because software is bigger doesn't mean it is better. I still long for the days when my Win98 O/S and MSOffice load fit on a 1GB partition and could be imaged to a single CD. The hacker ethos often found glory in bumming lines out of code. Nowadays it seems we are back in the 50s when IBM and other COBOL programmers got paid per line.
    Cornhead
  • By the time I need that much, it will be on line

    Doubt I will get one soon (voted for maybe) but I barely use 100GB today. I predict on-line storage is where the future is anyway and maintaining that storage is a service that will be widespread.

    No surprise to me why Google allows so much storage today.
    Prognosticator
  • Back in 1983...

    ...I didn't think I'd run out of space on a Tallgrass 20MB drive!
    Anyone remember those halcyon days?

    Who knew?
    D T Schmitz