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1 Terabyte Hard Drive?

By hdmk
May 14, 2002
  1. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    Probably an intrical part of the home PC system within 3 years my friend....

    3 years ago, I distinctly remember oohing and aaahing with friends as we beheld a store PC with.... drum roll.....

    A giant 8 GB HDD!!!

    Jeez I had to put one of those in my rig as an emergency recently..... what a speed killer... :(
     
  2. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,581   +103

    1GB huge hard disks doesn't seem that long ago!!!
    I recently sold a P133 with a 800mb hard disk and a 1GB disk!!!

    I can just imagine...

    During windows 2020 installation from fd:
    "Please insert disk 69444444444444444.444444444444444"
    "The disk in drive A: is not formatted, Would you like to format it now?"

    ARRRRRGGGGHHH
    :mad: :dead:
     
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Marx Brothers?
     
  4. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,581   +103

    http://www.marx-brothers.org/
    [​IMG]

    They were like the three stodges but a little more high brow (i.e. slightly more intelligent humor rather than just pure slapstick).
     
  5. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    Well, wanna guess who first said Terabyte?

    Data from Star Trek ;)

    We don't go any higher than yottabyte because, simply, the sun will burn out before we gain the technology of a fraction of a yottabyte.
     
  6. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    Nah don't be daft.

    The sun is 5 billion years old and still has about another 5 billions years to go.

    I would not be surprised if we have machines with a yottabyte of RAM, etc but at least the time we are all dying like 2050, 2060, etc...
     
  7. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 1,595

    Well. Don't forget that the prefix mega does not remain true for machines as it does with our base 10 system. Sure, the proper term is supposed to be mibi but as it stands, the standard is mega for base 2 in machines stands for 1024, not 1000, and when you are using that from the lowest point (a kilobyte) and it is going in multiples, a terrabyte would be a lot more then 1000 * 1000 * 1000 and so forth and so on.

    1024 bytes = kilobyte
    1024 kilobytes = megabyte
    1024 megabytes = gigabyte
    1024 gigabytes = terrabyte

    and etc
     
  8. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802

    Well, that depends a bit..

    Whilst what you have printed is correct for software, the harddrive manufacturers decided to go with the "regular" definition for mega, giga and terra bytes... So a harddrive with with 1 tb space according to specs would only have:
    1.000.000.000.000 bytes instead of
    1.099.511.627.776 bytes....

    .02$
     
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,640   +322

    Yeh - it is a little dissapointing when you get a new 30gig hard drive and it shows up as 28.63 or thereabouts.
     
  10. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    Yeah SN, it is pretty annoying, but actually what's happening is that your hard drive really can't use the whole thing without two partitions - it happens to almost all drives with FAT32, and you can lose up to 3GB from it! :(
    I've had 10GB hd's show up as 9.54, 20 GB's show up as 18.24...
    Madness.
     
  11. drew888

    drew888 TS Rookie

    1000 yottabytes equals 1 Brontobyte
     
     
  12. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 1,040

    Re: Re: Re: 1 Terabyte Hard Drive?


    Agh! I wanted the honor to point it out to that computer brainiac.... Phantasm.

    In transfer and speeds, Phantasm would be correct (in that post).

    PS: Lol, drew888.... what gives starting up this long topic again lol?
     
  13. JSR

    JSR Banned Posts: 730

  14. jtaylor75

    jtaylor75 TS Rookie

    What's after a yottabyte?

    1000 yottabytes is called 1 nonabyte, according to this web page: Nonabyte
     
  15. jdman687

    jdman687 TS Rookie

    addition

    soul harvester said:
    "Well. Don't forget that the prefix mega does not remain true for machines as it does with our base 10 system. Sure, the proper term is supposed to be mibi but as it stands, the standard is mega for base 2 in machines stands for 1024, not 1000, and when you are using that from the lowest point (a kilobyte) and it is going in multiples, a terrabyte would be a lot more then 1000 * 1000 * 1000 and so forth and so on. "

    This is NOT entirely true... the prefix "mega" is used in engineering which uses a base 3 number system (i.e. 1 megawatt = 1x10^3 or 1000 watts) in any other application this would be kilo... but in engineering notation the prefix is changed every 3 decimal places... don't argue with me, I'm an electrical engineer...
     
  16. JackieChanIsGOD

    JackieChanIsGOD TS Rookie Posts: 83

    I found some meanings/explanations of the prefixes:

    http://www.maa.org/mathland/mathtrek_7_27_98.html

    Those 'marx bros' prefixes were created by hacker Morgan Burke in 1993... he proposed, to a general approval on Usenet, the following additional prefixes: groucho (10^-30), harpo (10^-27), harpi (10^27), grouchi (10^30). This would leave the prefixes zeppo-, gummo-, and chico- available for future expansion. Sadly, there is little immediate prospect that Mr. Burke's eminently sensible proposal will be ratified.

    So they aren't official... anything over 10^24 hasn't been given a prefix yet.

    Cept for that one site saying Nona...
     
  17. xKAliboor

    xKAliboor TS Rookie

    nonabyte?

    i think i found the answer to one of the posts in here... whats beyond a yottabyte? check this website: http://www.nonabyte.org/
    according to this, its a nonabyte...
    i hope this helped...
     
  18. Alvin Nixx

    Alvin Nixx TS Rookie

    i like phantasm66 idea beyond a Yottabyte. to me it seems like some one with the money and resours to store all the information one could find. i believe there is no limite. man tries to make all he can imagine, and if there is no more to imagine then it truely is the end.
     
  19. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Re: addition

    1. Thats *base 10*, NOT *base 3*.
    2. 1 Megawatt = 1x10^3 or 1000 kWatts.

    It appears you got confused. If you don't agree, then post a link that verifies your original statement.
     
  20. Tedman

    Tedman TS Rookie Posts: 61

    http://www.bandwidth.com/tools/fileTimeCalc

    To download 1 TB of data with a 56k modem you will need to wait, 4 years, 357 days, 23 hrs, 24 mins, and 49 secs. I don't even want to know how long it would take a 600 baud modem to download that.
     
  21. Tedman

    Tedman TS Rookie Posts: 61

    http://www.bandwidth.com/tools/speedTest

    To download 1 TB of data at my connection speed (cable 300kbps)it would take approx., 335 days, 15 hrs, 38 mins, 11 secs.

    Whereas with a OC-192 connection(10Gbps), it would take approx., 14 mins, 39 secs

    Anyone know how fast it would take a OC-256 connection?
     
  22. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    And your hard drive would probably pack in before you finished :=).
    - refers to modem post
     
  23. Tedman

    Tedman TS Rookie Posts: 61

    Well the scary part is 1 Petabyte of data would take a 1000 times as long...
     
  24. groucho

    groucho TS Rookie

    Yes of course you need a terabyte, to house all those illegal DVD's you have on your machine. Ah, but the cost of the TB drive will support starving hollywood artists anyways.

    Atomic Punk
     
  25. DrahconMan

    DrahconMan TS Rookie

    what comes after a YottaByte?

    I'm no expert on hard drive capacity or the prefexses we use to name them. My only encounter with any of this is work related. I've been working on the pie project for quite some years now. Many of you have said that a YottaByte is an insanily large number. well in my work we are forced to brake the pie calculations down because their is no hard drive that can hold all the numbers that pie has been traced back to. we veiw pie in chunks of about 100 gigaBytes at a time. The hunt for the repeating decimal number in pie as im sure you know, has been going on seemingly forever. It has been assest that we should save or retrieve all the data ever used or collected on pie. This project was headed up by a friend of mine. He told me that all the reaserch ever conducted they had calculated would egual about 1 YottaByte of hard drive space. When i questioned him as to what the heck a YottaByte was i got a response similer to the posts i read here. However, he told me that after a YottaByte comes an UltraByte. I was confused because im more used to the metric prefix system. I'm not sure where his source comes from, but in my line of work you hardly ever just make somthing up like that. So im sure its based largely in truth.
     
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