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$99.99 @ Amazon.

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3TB hard drive were about $140 a few years ago before the Thailand floods. Now they are down to $100, $90 with rebate? I'm still waiting for the hard drive industry to bring out 5 and 6TB hard drives to bring down the price.

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v.me saves you $10 as stated, couldn't have been easier -
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@danwat1234: There are already 10TB drives in the stream, but they are too costly for the consumer. I have several 4 TB drives, but I believe that much bigger ones require retooling and may be a while coming, at least in the price ranges you are used to.

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@tradergeorge: 10TB? That would require either far more than 5 platters, probably 8 or 9, resulting in a thicker drive than what has been designed in years unless they have been able to densify the data per platter or the # of platters in a given height (which the hard drive industry is starting to do, such as 9.5mm thick laptop drives now having 3 platters instead of 2).

In other words I don't believe you. 6TB, sure. 10TB, no not yet. You probably looked up an enclosure that had multiple drives that make up a total of 10TB. Not the same thing.

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That's a great price. I already have one of these tethered to my server for backup duty. It's been running silently and dependably for the better part of a year now. Just might want to grab another.

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Dang it, I just bought one of these on amazon for $109 a week ago (and already halfway filled it).

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I heard horror stories about these 3TB drives from Seagate, but I have always had luck with the Seagates I've owned, gotten for peeps, and put in machines I have built so I got one anyway. It was DOA. Still waiting to send it back to the company. I forget the exact model off hand, but it looks just like the one in the picture, but if this is the 7200 version, it likely is. I also then got a bare drive Seagate 3TB 7200 drive and it crashed too, clicking noises, the works! In this case, it was far worse because I did have things on that one. I was able to use recovery software to recover the files but the software couldn't recover all the names so here I sit with a gazillion files with no names. Some of those files were videos I was creating for customers, so now I have to render them and create them all over again, I wouldn't wish that on anyone! I have a few 2 and 3TB WDs too, no issues with those. Just beware, read the reviews if you don't believe me on amazon or newegg.

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The perfect drive for people who want to copy their data somewhere, but don't care about the fate of that somewhere!

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@yohams: Regardless of the drive, if you only have your data in one place, you are begging for disaster. If you are running a business, it is criminal to not have a backup (or several)...For every one of these drives that fail (yes, I have had failures), there are literally millions that are running fine. However, Hard drives are like tires on a car. They work until they no longer work. ALL drives have a failure percentage. It is up to us as professionals to have enough of them to cover the possibility. I am sorry for your loss. But it would not necessarily have been prevented by a different drive.

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@danwat1234: Believe me or not, there are a lot of devices designed for the Enterprise that do not necessarily make it to the consumer level. Do you think that Cloud servers have a bunch of tiny little 3.5" drives in large banks? Not likely....When you are dealing in thousands of exabytes of data, your devices rise to meet the occasion. But, back to the OP.....Yes, there are 10TB drives even at the 3.5" form factor. Even larger ones are in development. New technologies such as vertical data recording allow for much more data on the same platter size. Most of the current 3.5" drives also have 2.5" counterparts, so it is not the platter that holds them back.

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Picked one of these up last year and it works great!

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@tradergeorge: Looking up the Hitachi, WD and seagate Enterprise drives, the largest available right now is 4TB.
Hitachi Ultrastar 7K4000 drive
Western Digital Re 4TB / Se 4TB drive
Seagate Terascale 4TB and Constellation ES.3 4TB drive

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@danwat1234: If you don't believe 10TB drives are in the works today, look at how far we've come, and how small we've gotten, in the last 30 years. http://youtu.be/CBjoWMA5d84

Believe me, density is increasing at an exponential rate with technology such holographic drives and 3D optical storage (in existence since 2004).

You also need to keep in mind that platters are not a requirement for SATA or IDE disk drive anymore. Traditional platter 2.5" drives and SSD are readily interchangeable.

Will 10TB storage be able to fit in a 3.5" enclosure? Don't be surprised if you see them at your local Best Buy before the end of the decade.

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@danwat1234: Again, what you can Google is not the be all and end all. Do you think NASA uses a wad of tiny drives? Youtube gets 100 hours of video uploaded each minute. Where do you think this data is going? It is certainly not filling up tiny little drives. This is what I meant by "Enterprise", not your local medium size business. The storage tech used by LARGE users is leaps ahead of anything "mere mortals"...(LOL) have access to today. But it does not mean that there are limitations on what COULD be available once there is a need for it at that level.You remind me of a friend I have who thinks a 560 cu/in engine is the largest gasoline engine because it is the largest he can Google....And HE is a mechanic and should know better. I would guess you are at least a "techie" to be involved in this conversation. Broaden your thinking. Ask yourself how MASSIVE amounts of data is stored.

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@tradergeorge: Why wouldn't Hitachi, Seagate and WD make available drives for the Enterprise for the public? I regularly visit storage forums where the majority of people on their work in the Enterprise, such as storagereview.com and I have not heard anything about super duper secret high capacity drives that the public cannot know about.

Those 3 HD companies are huge in the industry and why wouldn't they show off their latest generation high capacity 15K and 10K and SSDs on the Enterprise portion of their sites?

Show me evidence of a 5TB or larger drive a big company like Google could purchase today?

You have nothing to back up your claims because you think there is secret technology out there that is widely used by big companies that somehow hasn't leaked to the public and the manufactures of those devices have a strong desire to keep it secret. Which makes no sense.

Sure, they exist in HD company's R&D facilities but aren't ready for the field yet.