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Wed Jul 12 03:13:37 AEST 2006
At 01:10 PM 11/07/2006, Antony Barry wrote:
>Disk space seems to run at about $1.20 per gigabyte these days so...
Maybe for a 2.5" 100 Gig drive. I pay about 66 cents per gig for
320Gigs. 400Gig drives are still a little high at around 80c, and anything
under 300 starts to creep above the 70 cent range.
I recently purchased half a dozen 3.5" SATA 300G drives for $150
each. 320G was $175 at the time. (Not using IDE any more, and you can buy
SATA to IDE adapters (or the other way too) for about $5.)
I do recommend unless you really have a desperate need to buy a 3.5" drive
now, try and hold off for around 6 months. 2.5" drives are getting
cheaper, still higher than 3.5's but they get nowhere ear as hot as a 200+
3.5" drive, run off only 5Volts and consume less and less power every few
months of new product.
100 Gig drives are a great price and good value presently, the 120's are
still a premium by comparison at a cost/gig basis, but if you need that
extra 120, then it's worth it (I did, and don't regret the extra cost.)
But there are some 150's coming out soon which will push the 100's and
120's down in price considerably, and these new drives run on less Amps
than the previous ones.
You can buy a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter for a few bucks and the added benefit is
that the 2.5" drives will take a hell of a lot of punishment in comparison
to their 3.5" counter parts.
Now I just want SATA in 2.5" and I'll be really happy :) And Ecstatic when
they hit the 300+ Gig range :)
But I always tell people the usual rule for buying Hard Drives and Memory:
If it's a new system, split the difference between memory and hard drive
and hget the most you can.
If it's an upgrade, buy the drive that has the best Cost/Gig (use to be
Megabyte not that long ago!) and don't look back.
Murphys Law: The amount of disk space you will need is always greater than
the amount of space you have on your system.
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