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November 28, 2007 1:13:26 PM

Just out of curiosity what kind of user is the terabyte drive aimed at? Unless you are REALLY into video editing I don't see how the average user would need one. I barley have 200gb full between 2 drives, one of which is a backup, and I have thousands of pictures and a couple hundred mp3's.

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November 28, 2007 1:30:42 PM

mickeddie said:
Just out of curiosity what kind of user is the terabyte drive aimed at? Unless you are REALLY into video editing I don't see how the average user would need one. I barley have 200gb full between 2 drives, one of which is a backup, and I have thousands of pictures and a couple hundred mp3's.


Anybody who is building a HTPC and wants there DVD collection on disk will want a 1TB drive.
November 28, 2007 1:36:26 PM

mickeddie said:
Just out of curiosity what kind of user is the terabyte drive aimed at? Unless you are REALLY into video editing I don't see how the average user would need one. I barley have 200gb full between 2 drives, one of which is a backup, and I have thousands of pictures and a couple hundred mp3's.


I create a backup image of all my games and software so I don't have to hunt down the media. They add up very quickly.
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November 28, 2007 1:38:38 PM

I have 2.5tb with my HTPC and i'm running out! Then again, i have my entire 400 movie collection on there. Going to have to buy some another external drive soon :( 
November 28, 2007 1:39:30 PM

Me,
I need more space.
Although i dont specifically have a single terabyte drive. i have a 1000gb(just shy of 1tb) raid setup and a 320gb drive. at the moment i have around 250+gb free in total.

I have the 320gb drive for all my isos, 30gb from the raid set aside for vista. 15gb from the 320gb drive for osx, just under 300gb of dvds waiting to be xvid-ified, around 300gb of xvid-ified dvd rips(subs, multiple audio streams ie commentary etc).
about 50gb of digital photos from around 5 years or so.
about 25gb of mp3 music 192kbps. which i just trimmed down from around 45gb.
and a bunch of stuff ive snatched from computers at lans, work, friends etc.

but yeah i dont really think the average user would need the space.. but digital video is a major user. im only dealing with dvds and its taking up almost 300gbs.
imagine once you start dealing with hi def dv streams of almost uncompressed footage..
all i can say is that if they can make it why not..eventually the price will come down and it will be a no brainer to get your 750/1tb drives.
November 28, 2007 1:41:53 PM

There are a lot of uses but it's mostly for HTPC or file/media server applications. I have about 300gb used on my 500gb drive so I can see where some people might need the storage. I also rip my music to WAV rather than MP3 which takes up much more room because I like to have the full lossless copy on my drive and I can hear the difference between the two.
November 28, 2007 1:42:53 PM

In addition to all of the legal reasons to own a terabyte drive... software/movie/music pirates need that kind of storage as well.
November 28, 2007 1:52:56 PM

Hmmm.... "Because I can" ;) 
November 28, 2007 1:59:05 PM

quantumsheep said:
I have 2.5tb with my HTPC and i'm running out! Then again, i have my entire 400 movie collection on there. Going to have to buy some another external drive soon :( 


I didn't even think about HTPC. But isn't a DVD 4.7 gb? How many DVD's does the average user put on their PC?

And speaking of this...what is the connection of PC to receiver/tv? Do you use your TV's HDMI cable and plug it into your video card? Can it be done wirelessly or via your home's coax cables already running through the walls?

Thanks!
November 28, 2007 2:06:31 PM

rodney_ws said:
In addition to all of the legal reasons to own a terabyte drive... software/movie/music pirates need that kind of storage as well.


Amen..., don't forget the pRon..., terbyte just for that.....
November 28, 2007 2:10:10 PM

I'm using a DVI cable to my tv (Samsung M87). Basically my HTPC looks like a dvd player but is a pc (I keep it in the cabinet below the TV). However i mostly use my DVD player to play movies, because it's absolutly brilliant; Arcam DV88, couple of years old but still great.

Each DVD takes up around 700mb ish when ripped in divx format which looks fine on my tv.
November 28, 2007 2:11:30 PM

Oh and i have no idea how many dvds an average user has.....i'm sort of an obsessive when it comes to dvds. As long as it's less than £8 i'll buy it.
November 28, 2007 2:14:07 PM

quantumsheep said:
Oh and i have no idea how many dvds an average user has.....i'm sort of an obsessive when it comes to dvds. As long as it's less than £8 i'll buy it.


sounds like a nice collection QS....,
November 28, 2007 2:18:28 PM

I have 1TB total on 1 of my PCs; 2x250GB SATA drives in raid 0 plus an external 500GB drive. Last weekend I reformated the internal array and purged my external backup of any redundant, old or unnecessary files - taking me down to 400GB of used space. Besides things like videos, music, OS/programs, pictures one thing that has really begun to take up alot of space has been my VCDs. For both convenience and to protect my discs I've been making backups of all my games which takes up a lot of space. And that doesn't even include my HTPC which I haven't been using for the past couple months. That has a 320GB HDD and with all my recordings plus the games my son plays on it I was filling that hard drive up every few weeks then having to delete old recordings. A 1TB drive in that machine would be nice so that I can save recordings longer and especially when I upgrade the tuner to HD.
a b G Storage
November 28, 2007 2:21:55 PM

It's also like moving into a new house with lots of closets. A year later, you wonder where all the storage space went.
November 28, 2007 2:46:11 PM

Got just over 1Tb now and climbing...mostly for htpc stuff. Ripping the dvd's to disk so that my dvd's aren't destroyed with use. Some music, lots of photos (that take very little space), standard stuff.

Turns out the average 4yr old is NOT as destructive as a 20yr old and his friends. The 4yr old will put the dvd back when he's done with it.
November 28, 2007 3:43:37 PM

To back up all games, software, music, videos, pics, work data, and most importantly the porn.
November 28, 2007 3:49:20 PM

mford66215 said:
......The 4yr old will put the dvd back when he's done with it.



Which, if my nephews are any indication, will be sometime between 2009 and Peace in the Middle East.... You know it's bad when you reference the MTBF for your disc player to estimate when that F*%$^$ing Purple Dinosaur will exit your life. Preferably forever....

Anyone know if the old Barney mod for DOOM runs on Vista??? Anyone think it's sad that I *remember* that mod???


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November 28, 2007 4:10:22 PM

i would love to have it. at least i dont have to delet/burn my fave eps of different tv series/anime
November 28, 2007 4:20:08 PM

Between me and my roomate we have an endless collection of TV shows and anime. I think we have around 3TB total so far, not counting our movies (we just use DVDs for movies)
November 28, 2007 4:39:36 PM

At 9GB/hr HDTV takes up a lot of space - 100hrs/TB.

DVDs run 7GB for current movies - 140/TB. I usually compress them to just under 4GB into 1 VOB - 250/TB.

Repackaging my HTPC to allow 8 hard drives. Sure would like 1TB drives but it gets expensive.
November 28, 2007 5:01:58 PM

1 TB holds about 33 HD movies ..
November 28, 2007 5:44:15 PM

I could definitely use 1TB only for game installs, mods and stuff.. oh and of course the DVD images..

And thats before future-proofing..
November 28, 2007 6:11:11 PM

mickeddie said:
I didn't even think about HTPC. But isn't a DVD 4.7 gb? How many DVD's does the average user put on their PC?

And speaking of this...what is the connection of PC to receiver/tv? Do you use your TV's HDMI cable and plug it into your video card? Can it be done wirelessly or via your home's coax cables already running through the walls?

Thanks!






I have a HTPC connected to my Denon reciever through HDMI which is then connected to my screen. It depends on your setup as to exactly how everything should be connected. And a DVD is actually about 9gb so if you have a decent collection it can get full pretty fast.
November 28, 2007 6:20:59 PM

I do a bit of video editing and raw video is unforgiving... Also, at work i manage a database of patient photographs and charts.. as small as each jpg is, they add up fast...
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a b G Storage
November 28, 2007 6:32:03 PM

not to mention that the 1tb drives coming out have really good performance to boot.
November 28, 2007 6:42:06 PM

well, if one were to approach this a bit differently, no one NEEDS a terabyte drive. no one NEEDS a computer either. people NEED: food, shelter, clothing
and everything else is gravy
November 28, 2007 7:22:31 PM

I'll tell you from experience, back up your most sensitive on dvd aswell hard disk, drives, especially now, seem alot less relaible then in the past. I have had out of my 20 or so drives a good 5 that had failed within the first 2 years, and and 3 within the first few months, call it bad luck.. but the numbers speak for them selves. also with the larger drives, I have herd but not confirmed it, that they dont warrenty the drive if it has failed after using like 90% of its capacity.

I currently use 80, 160, 200, 250, 2x 320's, 2x400's, and a 500, ... that last one to go was my other 500 gig, and i lost 400 gigs of mp3's , ( why i encourage you to back up on dvd, or another drive u can load up and pack away for backup purposes, or a raid mirror or whatever ) point is dont trust your sensitive data on a single giant drive!!!
November 28, 2007 7:42:04 PM

Depending on the application,a lot of people need terabyte drives.Any movie buff or someone who is starting a small business,or someone who keeps lots of pics on their comp.(my mom is very bad for that).And let's not forget gamers.Some of the games out there require lots of HD space,just for the install,never mind the patches and updates.Suffice to say that the terabyte drive is aimed at any and all who will buy it.

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November 28, 2007 7:50:04 PM

I use to be fine with a 250gb hard drive and would constantly delete my unneeded files so my hd would not overflow. Now i have a 750gb hd (new build) and it is nearly filled up. Once you have it you are bound to use it...
November 28, 2007 8:56:37 PM

warezme said:
Amen..., don't forget the pRon..., terbyte just for that.....



funny that thats what some of my RAID 5 2TB array has on it... im getting scared though im down to 700GB free already and only got it ~3months ago... i did have alot to put on it to start with. My old file server, actually just had singluar drives, one for tv, games, porn, movies etc... but that aint real safe
November 29, 2007 6:14:01 PM

I would get one if I had the money.
November 29, 2007 6:32:00 PM

PRON
November 29, 2007 6:50:02 PM

chookman said:
funny that thats what some of my RAID 5 2TB array has on it... im getting scared though im down to 700GB free already and only got it ~3months ago... i did have alot to put on it to start with. My old file server, actually just had singluar drives, one for tv, games, porn, movies etc... but that aint real safe


LOL!, lots of these guys won't admit it but if you "need" more than a 1TB, its probably cause it aint Disney on there. I try to archive most everything but somehow I still run out of space.

I would like to coin a new word and call it.....PORNCRASH, its what happens to a terabye drive if you don't keep an eye on its contents, till it fills up. :sol: 


November 29, 2007 7:08:10 PM

Hey! There's little (and big) kids in this house - we don't store porn on the server drives!!

That's what the snapservers for dangit!
November 29, 2007 9:25:02 PM

mford66215 said:
Hey! There's little (and big) kids in this house - we don't store porn on the server drives!!

That's what the snapservers for dangit!


Never heard of priveledges or share permissions?

All my porn is on the same disk as what mum,dad and sister use for TV movies and what not... they will just never see it cause permissions wont allow it :) ... like a hidden folder but different
a b G Storage
November 29, 2007 9:44:41 PM

I have yet to fill up 160Gb let alone 1TB, though I got close once.
November 29, 2007 10:03:28 PM

My Terabyte drive just showed up today, maybe now I can record some of my own shows (in HD of course) instead of having the HTPC full of 'Oprah'
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