Western Digital Does External 2 TB HDD

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Nice, if this drive fail you just may have lost 2 TB of data, not 250 GB or 500 GB. HD can fail without reasons or warnings, especially when they are big or very fast (10 000 RPM). You must have a copy of your data somewhere, but with a 2 TB hdd, where the original copy will be? I don't trust HDD bigger than 500 GB. They reming me "don't put all your eggs in one basket" expression...

It's crazy how HDD are evolving.
 

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I like this idea, even though they are easily broken or cut, it acts as a deterrent.

""the Kensington Security Slot allows users to secure the drive to the desk using a Kensington lock kit (sold separately). ""
 

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Uh, so if you don't trust a HD bigger than 500GB, what are you going to do when you want 10TB of storage? Have an array of 20 hard discs somewhere?

I currently have 320GB, 750GB, 1TB and 1.5TB drives. I am pretty much out of space on these and I need to get a new one and only have 4 sata ports on my board and 4 HD slots in my case. Sure I could build a storage server, or have a ton of external drives, or buy an expensive 4 bay NAS. But I think I'll just wait and pick up a 2TB drive and swap it in for my 320. Then down the road I'll have to swap a 3TB (or whatever) for my 750GB.
 

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I remember the good ol' days of 20 MEGAbyte hard drives and people questioning what would you possibly do with 200MB of storage. There's always going to be a need for more and more storage, there are always pics, docs, and just stuff that you might not use or look at all the time, but that you don't want to delete.

As drives get cheaper and cheaper, it might make sense for ordinary people to use a RAID configuration that automatically creates a duplicate HD for your most important files and stuff that you really don't want to lose. That would probably be extreme even now, but no one I know backs up important files more than once every 6 months at most. In that time you can create a lot of important documents, and there are always pics from new trips that you would hate to lose. Perhaps they can make a single device that is actually two HDs in RAID configuration so that if one fails, you still have the exact same copy on the other HD and can take appropriate steps. Do you think that sort of device, 100MB+100MB would have big enough of a market to make it worth producing?
 

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[citation][nom]gm0n3y[/nom]Uh, so if you don't trust a HD bigger than 500GB, what are you going to do when you want 10TB of storage? Have an array of 20 hard discs somewhere?I currently have 320GB, 750GB, 1TB and 1.5TB drives. I am pretty much out of space on these and I need to get a new one and only have 4 sata ports on my board and 4 HD slots in my case. Sure I could build a storage server, or have a ton of external drives, or buy an expensive 4 bay NAS. But I think I'll just wait and pick up a 2TB drive and swap it in for my 320. Then down the road I'll have to swap a 3TB (or whatever) for my 750GB.[/citation]

RAID 1? 10? 01? 5? pick what you need. A RAID array is much more faster and safier, and probably cost less. Personnaly, I have no ideas about what someone could do with such a big hdd, except video editing, very big media station or simply a lot of warez... Because with windows vista using max 7 gb, games using 10 gb max each, apps using 1-2-3 gb max each...

 

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[citation][nom]deadlypredator[/nom]RAID 1? 10? 01? 5? pick what you need. A RAID array is much more faster and safier, and probably cost less. Personnaly, I have no ideas about what someone could do with such a big hdd, except video editing, very big media station or simply a lot of warez... Because with windows vista using max 7 gb, games using 10 gb max each, apps using 1-2-3 gb max each...[/citation]

Um... how does raid magically give me many more SATA ports and/or space in my case? Yes raid is good, WTF does that have to do with this converation?

As for what I use my space for, well about 80% of it is movies and TV shows. The rest is a mishmash of games, home video, photos, porn, etc. I like to keep 20% or so free to lower fragmentation rates, but I just haven't had the space lately.
 

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Kevin just go buy a WD20EADS ! I've got one of those and it's fairly quick for a green drive. And I happen to have taken a 1TB mybook apart before. You can't really reassemble it if you're too violent (I was), but you can salvage the electronics, and just attach a bigger drive. It doesn't even have to be the same make. I've used the electronics from a mybook on a wd 1tb drive, a wd 500gb drive, a seagate 250gb drive and even a raptor 36gb (gets quite warm) .. so I'm fairly sure it'll handle 2tb drives too. Might even try it out for you if you want (since I have both ingredients at home). And then all you need do is sell the 1tb drive to some other dork. Perhaps demonhordes665 or one of the other trolls.
 

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I really don't think size has anything to do with the failure rate of the drive... Most of the time it is the controller that fails.. Big drive are great... I would be upset if I lost 500 gig or 1 Tera or data...
 

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Well the size does have some relation to failure rate. The idea is that the larger a drive is, the more reads/writes that will be done and the more likely it is that it will wear out / have an error.
 

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Size definetly makes a difference in fail rates if size differences mean differences in platter number .... more parts, higher temperatures and higher risks of other failures.
But in general I'd not worry too much about fail rates. I have to mention though that I've had 4 500gb drives fail within the last 6 months.
 
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