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1TB Hard Drive "Unveiled"

By acidosmosis
Feb 10, 2004
  1. A company called Lacie has officially unveiled a one terabyte hard drive. The 5.25" drive, which should become available in February, will sell for about US$1,200. This 11-pound device supports USB 2.0 and FireWire, and has an average seek time of only 10 milliseconds. The price/capacity ratio of this device (over $1 per gigabyte) isn't particularly impressive, and the drive's 7,200 RPM mean that data access may not be quite as fast as with the 10,000 and 15,000 RPM drives that are now available.

    Link: http://www.geek.com/news/geeknews/2004Jan/bch20040115023453.htm

    1TB Hard Drive @ $1200 = $1.17/GB (1024/1200) if 1GB=1024MB
    1TB Hard Drive @ $1200 = $0.83/GB (1000/1200) if 1GB=1000MB
    (depending on what Lacie considers a GB)

    Not bad at all.
     
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    It's not impressive at all... It's just a few hard drives stuck together.
     
  3. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,574

    You can't believe everything they say in the comments. Unless you found actual proof of that somewhere? If so link me :)
     
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    Lacie doesn't actually manufacture their storage mediums... Just the enclosure. So Lacie by no means created a single, 1TB drive.

    Allow to me to explain my postulation...

    1.) They've crammed multiple drives in external enclosures before and called it "big".

    2.) It weighs 10lbs. This isn't because really IS a terrabyte drive, but four 250's put together. For example, a 250GB drive is not 25 times heavier than a 10GB drive. So I doubt a terrabyte drive is going to be about 7 times heavier than a 250GB external drive.

    3.) The dimensions are 6.3" x 3.4" x 10.6" (LxWxH). Four 250GB drives would fit great in this size of an enclosure. Imagine the unit lying horizontally instead of vertically. Two drives, side by side stacked on two other drives side by side would fit a little TOO perfectly...

    4.) And the fact is "7200 RPM" and "8MB cache" screams that Lacie designed from this device consumer drives... And we all know that if consumer drives could reach these kinds of capacities, then we'd be enjoying them in our desktops first. :)

    5.) A REAL external, terrabyte drive would cost much much much much more. The seek time (10ms) says it all.. IDE (at the most, SATA). It's not SCSI. And since I don't see any 1TB IDE or SATA drives....

    It's all speculation, but I'm willing to wager a large sum of computer components its not a single 1TB drive.
     
  5. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,574

    Well, that's not cool.
     
  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    Well, it is still kind of cool to have all that space in one consolidated unit... No matter how unwieldy and awkwardly heavy it may be. :)

    But pretty disappointing that the hype for this thing doesn't match the facts.

    BUT, I don't have facts though.. I'm pretty certain, but yeah.
     
  7. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,373   +289

    Rick is correct on this one Acid - we've been talking about that drive here at work for a while now - deciding if we need any of them.
     
  8. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Posts: 369

    im guessing you're not good at math:

    1200/1024= $1.17, you got that correct, but, 1200/1000= $1.20, not $0.83.
     
  9. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,574

    You apparently didn't pay much attention. I didn't say 1200/1000. I said 1000/1200.
     
  10. ellis90009

    ellis90009 TS Rookie

    ok math guy

    1TB Hard Drive @ $1200 = $1.17/GB (1024/1200) if 1GB=1024MB
    1TB Hard Drive @ $1200 = $0.83/GB (1000/1200) if 1GB=1000MB


    even if you put it like that your math is wrong

    1024/1200 = .85 and
    1000/1200 = .83

    it shoutl be the otherway around
    1200/1024 = 1.17
    1200/1000 = 1.20

    get it right
     
  11. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    holy sheepsh*t batman. I have 1/2 a terabyte right now and I don't even use 30% of it.
     
     
  12. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 1,058

    1,024GB @ $1,200


    so then you would go



    1,000x = 1,024

    divided by 1k

    x= 1.024

    or $1.02 per a gigabyte

    I bet it's a bit less then a 1tb even at 1,000 mb per a gigiabyte.

    :hotbounce :hotbounce
     
  13. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 1,058

    Ratios aw so much fun. We have loads of it so "We don't forget" argh....
     
  14. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,851

    Why are we replying to a 2 year old thread?
     
  15. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    Lol, some people just have too much time on their hands.

    1tb drives are now actually out. Well, almost. We've got 750gb drives already :D
     
  16. mickrussom

    mickrussom TS Rookie

    Now the real 1TB drives are out. This thread is hilarious, "Lacie" claiming a 1TB drive. Did anyone ever actually buy that? It reminds me of those fake 2GB drives packard bell made from 2 1GB drives, or the old Micropolis Micrapolis drives that were huge.
     
  17. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,573   +9

    Took them long enough to produce one.
     
  18. mickrussom

    mickrussom TS Rookie

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