My new hard drive can store that many bytes. That’s more than one trillion (or one billion for my British readers). It’s a Fantom Drive G-Force 1TB, model MDU1000. That’s not quite a “terabyte”, since the traditional, base-2 definition of a terabyte is 1,099,511,627,776 bytes = 10244 or 240 bytes . But still, seeing all those digits is impressive:

Capacity of Fantom Drive

I ordered it Thursday, and it arrived Friday (even though I chose the cheapest shipping, UPS Ground – the warehouse is just 15 miles away). There’s another model, the MDC1000, which is a little more expensive, connects to FireWire, and has twice as much cache (32MB instead of 16MB).

That’s a lot of space. The online description says, “this terabyte monster could store a whopping 414 two-hour DVD-quality movies, 1,500 hours of VHS-quality video, 880 days of around-the-clock MP3 audio, 373,000 vivid digital photos, or up to 2,132 action-packed games!” I know that this will sound like a lot of space for a few years, but 20 years from now, it will seem small.

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