dealsseagate 4tb 64mb cache sata 3.5" internal hard…

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Not a bad deal. It is certainly interesting to look at historical prices of hard drives - http://www.mkomo.com/cost-per-gigabyte (too bad this stopped being updated in 2009)

I remember getting a computer back in the early 90's and the salesman telling my dad, "It has a 40MB hard drive. You'll never need that much storage - EVER!" Isn't technology grand?

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I'll never have that much pr0n.

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@jha1223: We really should be due for 8TB drives by now at that rate at least.

But once we went over 1TB, it seemed like we were plagued with reliability errors for years (for those who chose to adopt early) and sizes grew half as slow. I wonder how much longer we can continue to increase drive density.

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It seems like every time I buy a HDD I tell myself, "Man, I'll never need something bigger than this." Then, suddenly, just installing Windows and a few basic applications takes up more space than any drive I've owned up until ten years ago. When I got my 500 GB a few years ago, I thought I'd be fine on space. Now, even without any music or movies I've somehow managed to nearly fill it up.

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@racinreaver: I remember thinking that once. Now, I can't even buy a big enough drive without spending too much. I want to rip my Blu-Ray collection to my media center PC and I don't have enough space for them all.

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It's cheaper to buy the N82E16822178111, although the packaging is harder to open to get down to the bare drive. You can search for how-to videos on opening the case. After the first step, removing the base, you can verify the hard drive via the exposed SATA data & power ports before opering the case.

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Just a warning for those wanting a DIY network drive... While a lot of wireless routers have a slot for a usb drive, very few of them will take hard drives larger than 2TB in size.

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@racinreaver: TESTIFY! I bought a home media server with a base 500 GB drive and three open slots which I filled with 1 TB drives. Then I upgraded those to 2 TB drives, then the system drive to 2 TB. THEN I combined the 4 1 TB drives into 2 external 2 TB drives and added them. Then I added another 2 TB external, so I have 14 TB in a mirrored RAID setup (7 TB storage) and I have 279 GB free. I've been watching the 3 TB drives for deals, but haven't taken the plunge yet. So I'll have to start watching this one now.

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Darn 5900rpm. Do they make 7200 rpm drives this size?

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@sharpjm: Yes, replace the DM in the model number with a DX and you find the 7200 RPM version. There is also the Constellation series 4TB (and WD and HGST also make 7200 RPM 4TB drives). None are down to this price currently though.

As mentioned by craighansen you can sometimes get the external "Backup Plus" USB version of this drive much cheaper. I have seen them as low as $129 shipped, without any coupons or mail-in rebates required, but they are typically more like $150. I've heard some people even found a 7200 RPM DX drive inside, although the majority of them seem to be the 5900s. And if you remove the drive from the USB enclosure and it fails you'll probably have to put it back in there to get warranty service.

These latest generation 5900 RPM drives are actually pretty fast and IMHO the 7200 RPM is no longer really worth the extra cost, extra heat, and extra power consumption. That's usually a personal preference though.