Hot Donkey, One Terabyte Hard Disks Within Six Months
DailyTech – Seagate Confirms 1TB Hard Disk Drive Daily Tech is reporting that Seagate Technology has said that within 6 months they will have a 1TB hard disk.
From Seagate: “Seagate’s 1TB hard drive will be our second generation 3.5-inch hard drive to feature capacity-boosting perpendicular recording technology, and it will use fewer heads and discs than similar-capacity products we expect to see from our competitors. It is clear that fewer heads and discs, along with our proven perpendicular technology, can increase drive reliability, and also reduce operating temperatures, power consumption, noise, and weight.”
By way of disclosure, Seagate recently gave me a 750GB drive and a 8gig flash drive for my camera. They sponsor Robert Scoble’s Photo Walking show that I work on with Robert.
Still, I definitely have to hot donkey this one. As someone who routinely shoots 8 gigs of photos a day, my personal storage needs are intense. I’ve got over 4TB of personal storage right now and when these 1TB drives are out I’ll be looking forward to simplifying my set up by retiring some of my older 250GB drives that store photos today.
I will say that I have had a ton of experience with hard drive storage over the past 5 years. In addition to over 177,000 digital photos (most in RAW at full high resolution) I’ve got a personal mp3 library of about 100,000 songs.
Of all of the hard drives that I’ve used Seagate is consistently the best.
The worst? LaCie. I bought into the sucker move early by buying some of LaCie’s early big disk products and they are some of the worst hard drives made. When you buy a LaCie terabyte drive you are really not getting one drive but multiple drives networked together inside of a casing. I’ve had several LaCie’s fail and the I/O device errors when copying to or from them are simply horrid. Avoid LaCie at all costs.
I’ve also got a bunch of Maxtor drives as well. They are not quite as good as Seagate drives but have served me reasonably well.
One thing I will tell you is that I have had drives fail over the years. It is my opinion that every hard drive will eventually fail. It’s not a matter of if it’s when. This is why it just kills me when I see so many of my digital photography friends who don’t have good backup strategies. You have no idea how bummed you will be to see two years of your life just erased in the event of a drive failing.
If you are a digital photographer and don’t have your photos at minimum backed up on a drive, DVDs, multiple drives, off site locations, etc. you are setting yourself up for a big fall. Oftentimes when people ask me what lens they should buy, or what camera they should buy I’ll instead ask them how their photos are backed up today.
Bigger, cheaper storage is a great thing for the photographer. I’m excited about this new terabyte drive from Seagate and I’m looking forward to visiting with them next week at CES.