Two Trillion Bytes

Earlier this week I plugged in two new hard drives to my desktop computer. When configured as a RAID array, they appear as a single volume, with 2,000,275,460,096 bytes of free space:

New Hard Drive 2009

New Hard Drive 2009

That’s 1.8 Terabytes, unless you work in a marketing department, then it’s “2 Terabytes” with a disclaimer that you’re using a different definition.

After tax and shipping, it cost me $195.01, which is less than 10.5 cents per gigabyte (compared to $2.94 I spent in 2001 when I bought a 40GB hard drive). I ended up deciding to use the drives separately, so I now have that storage space split between two drive letters.

On piece of advice: I read several places that if you’re buying hard drives online, you should ship them with FedEx – they’re more gentle on packages. The UPS web site even says packages shipped with them are subject to a 6-foot drop.

5 Responses to “Two Trillion Bytes”

  1. eric O Says:

    Given the condition in which some UPS packages have shown up on my doorstep, I think they need to add to their website that the 6-foot drop may also be from a moving vehicle.

  2. shaun Says:

    Awesome. Curious what your backup strategy is for so much space…?

  3. Vladsinger Says:

    umm. Where exactly on the UPS website does it mention the 6 foot drop? Everyone keeps saying this, but I can’t find this.

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