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the terabytes for under $84 each

Disk storage keeps getting cheaper as technology continues to advance. As a data collector, this always keeps me interested. A 2TB SATA internal hard drive with a 32MB cache from Hitachi is currently on sale for $168 with free shipping. Hard drive space is well into the terabyte zone, and they’ll just keep getting bigger and faster.

The days of clearing off disk space to make room for new files is behind us. Cloud computing allows access to a near infinite macrocosm of disk space to individuals, companies, and enterprises. Storing gigantic files like Blu-ray ISO images is easy with cloud services. Using a cloud can be costly to the average user since it’s a monthly bill versus a one-time investment. This is one of the main reasons why hard drives are still desirable.

The speed of file transfer is important when moving multiple files at once. With the 32MB cache on this 2TB hard drive, the Deskstar can keep up with all the data flowing through the network to reside on this inexpensive chunk of space. One of the main advantages of a local hard drive over using a cloud service is less time is consumed moving the data since bandwidth speed can be an issue on a home user level.

You might be asking yourself how you will ever fill up two terabytes of disk space. Imagine clearing physical space in your home by turning your Blu-ray and DVD collection into digital files and streaming them over your network to watch movies and TV shows with XBMC. You’ll save time not having to load tangible discs into your player and can enjoy the comfort of your entertainment center without having to leave your couch. Blu-ray discs require tens of gigs, and they add up quick.

This is just one of the ways you can take advantage of a 2TB hard drive. Think of how many smaller files like digital photos and music files you can store on one of these.

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