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March 13, 2005

I For One Welcome Our New Storage Overlords


Aieeee! Behold the mighty Max-Tor, avatar of the Storage Gods! In its capacious guts are 250 GB of file-encompassing void, designed to swallow the vast mass of mp3s, jpgs, wav and mov files that so recently threatened to swamp my computer's hard drives. No more! Bow down, foolish multimedia! Thou art foiled, yea verily, I say.

More prosaically, my shiny new Maxtor drive is now the repository of all my various music/movie/picture files, which are generally the files that I keep accumulating, and which were crowding up my other hard drives, on which I keep my applications. I transferred over 90GB today and have another 143GB of space to fill, which should last for a while (the 250 GB claim is a marketing lie in which they round down to 1000 MB from the more proper 1024MB, so you really get 233GB, which is still quite a lot). By the time I fill up the 250GB, I'll likely be able to get a 500GB or 1TB drive for the same price I got this drive for, and so on and so on. Basically, unless the Apocalypse comes, I'll probably never run out of storage space. Heady times to be alive, I tell you.

Anyway, that's one of my wants down. I'll probably go for the chair next. I know, I'm livin' large.

Posted by john at March 13, 2005 08:01 PM

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Chris | March 14, 2005 04:08 AM

It's not really a marketing lie, it's just a correct usage of S.I. units.

1024 MB is technically a gibibyte. Or giga binary byte.

JH | March 14, 2005 04:40 AM

Got me a nice chair just yestaday at Office Depot — one of those leather executive ones. Though it smells like vinyl. Anyway, there was a rebate, so it came out to $60. Might want to see if there's one in your area with a similar deal.

-dsr- | March 14, 2005 10:54 AM

...one of these days that giant repository of data will die. Probably without much warning. Invest in your sanity now: buy a second giant disk in an external enclosure, and backup everything. In between backups, keep it switched off.

John Scalzi | March 14, 2005 11:09 AM

I already have backups of every important file, of course (by which I mean, my own writing and other irreplaceable files -- applications, games and such I'm not going to fret over).

phh | March 14, 2005 03:03 PM

Basically, unless the Apocalypse comes, I'll probably never run out of storage space.

Yeah, right. That's what I've thought about every hard drive I've ever owned. In ten years we'll all be storing copies of our dreams and sexual fantasies in 3-D holographic direct brain transfer files that come in at a cool 35GB each, and wondering how we could have ever expected to be satisfied with less than a petabyte on our desktops.

John Scalzi | March 14, 2005 03:21 PM

Heh. Patrick, I meant that there will always be more space to upgrade to, at relatively low cost for the upgrade.

I hope we won't be storing our dreams, though. That will put me out of a job.

Bill Blum | March 14, 2005 11:13 PM

I've got an older computer serving up my webpages for family members, hosting a shared printer, and running as a fileserver with RAID storage.

Not keen on a single storage device, single point of failure.

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