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bodyharvester
September 16th, 2009, 12:07 PM
my netbook uses a 500GB external but im running out of room so...

what would you suggest? a 1tb external (3.5") or a 1.5tb (3.5")? its a long term investment of course, i cant see too much need for 1.5tb but then i never thought i would need 500GB.

1tb http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-External-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B001BG4QS4/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_1

1.5tb http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-PX1524K-1HK0-1-5TB-External-drive/dp/tech-data/B002JM25CS/ref=de_a_smtd

handy
September 16th, 2009, 12:19 PM
I've just bought a 1.5TB WD Green drive with 32MB cache. The difference in price was negligible between the 1TB & the 1.5TB.

t0p
September 16th, 2009, 12:33 PM
I find it quite remarkable that terabyte-capacity drives are now available at consumer level. Not so long ago, people were astounded at the prospect of gigabytes. And now that's nothing: the other week I bought a 400GB external drive for 50, and 1TB drives don't cost very much more than that.

To the OP's question, I say: buy the biggest drive you can afford. You're bound to fill it a lot sooner than you imagine.

bodyharvester
September 16th, 2009, 12:37 PM
I find it quite remarkable that terabyte-capacity drives are now available at consumer level. Not so long ago, people were astounded at the prospect of gigabytes. And now that's nothing: the other week I bought a 400GB external drive for 50, and 1TB drives don't cost very much more than that.

To the OP's question, I say: buy the biggest drive you can afford. You're bound to fill it a lot sooner than you imagine.

my 500GB was also 50, but that was in a half price sale!

im leaning toward the 1.5 for the reason you stated (toshiba do good, my 500GB is toshiba), but its not that time runs too fast, its just that we cant keep up with time

remember that thread yesterday about the SSD of 1tb which cost thousands?

t0p
September 16th, 2009, 12:53 PM
my 500GB was also 50, but that was in a half price sale!


Yeah, mine was reduced by 20 (http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=281691) (from 69.99 to 49.99). I'm sure I could have got one cheaper online, but I wanted it there and then so I walked into my local Maplin and bought it. Plus Fujitsu Siemens is a good make I believe. But Maplin also do a 1TB Seagate drive for 79.99 (http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=226879), and a 1.5TB Seagate drive is currently on offer at 109.99 (http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=257318). Remember, these are store prices - walk in off the street and buy them, not order online and wait for delivery.

sideaway
September 16th, 2009, 12:54 PM
1.5, basically you'll fill it up eventually.

bodyharvester
September 16th, 2009, 12:57 PM
1.5TB Seagate drive is currently on offer at 109.99 (http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=257318).

my friend lives in middlesbrough and i think there is a maplins store round the corner from his house, ill probably get the 1.5tb form them, similar prices online anyway :)

Groucho Marxist
September 16th, 2009, 12:58 PM
my netbook uses a 500GB external but im running out of room so...

what would you suggest? a 1tb external (3.5") or a 1.5tb (3.5")? its a long term investment of course, i cant see too much need for 1.5tb but then i never thought i would need 500GB.

1tb http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-External-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B001BG4QS4/ref=pd_rhf_p_t_1

1.5tb http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-PX1524K-1HK0-1-5TB-External-drive/dp/tech-data/B002JM25CS/ref=de_a_smtd

If you're storing large files, such as video or audio files, you may want to go with the 1.5 TB, as a "1 TB external drive" actually features ~ 930 GB of storage. If you absolutely do not need to store that much information, the 1 TB may make sense to purchase in said scenario.

t0p
September 16th, 2009, 01:19 PM
a "1 TB external drive" actually features ~ 930 GB of storage.

Indeed. My "400GB" drive is actually 370GB according to df -h. But as I was aware of this shrinkage when I bought the drive it didn't actually bother me. Still, I don't understand why the manufacturers get away with this con. They say it's a 400GB (or 1.5TB) drive, it should actually give 400GB (or 1.5TB) of storage. Flaming crooks!

pwnst*r
September 16th, 2009, 02:11 PM
always go for more than what you think you need in terms of storage. the stuff is cheap, just do it.

4th guy
September 16th, 2009, 03:38 PM
Remember that when you buy a hard disk you get 93% of the advertised storage space because for the manufacturers 1000 bytes = 1kb.

bodyharvester
September 16th, 2009, 03:42 PM
Remember that when you buy a hard disk you get 93% of the advertised storage space because for the manufacturers 1000 bytes = 1kb.

is that seriously why its advertised as, say, 500GB when i only got 467GB?

coz they cant unberstand the difference in bytes and bits?

jeez...

4th guy
September 16th, 2009, 03:47 PM
is that seriously why its advertised as, say, 500GB when i only got 467GB?

coz they cant unberstand the difference in bytes and bits?
I'm not 100% sure, but kilo means a given quantity x1000 *shrugs* I'm not qualified to extensively discuss this subject.

bodyharvester
September 16th, 2009, 03:51 PM
i cant remember if it was 8 bytes in a bit or 8 bits in a byte.

handy
September 17th, 2009, 01:05 AM
The marketroids are paid to make things look & sound better at the consumer level wherever & whenever possible.

So they bastardised the scientific notation by giving it a false metric equivalent & then quite quickly took over the world with it.

Also, the size is stated as the metric pseudo size & unformatted.

You will have different amounts of available space depending on which file system you format your partition(s) with.

handy
September 17th, 2009, 01:06 AM
i cant remember if it was 8 bytes in a bit or 8 bits in a byte.

Its bits in a byte.

Did I just bight? :)