The Terabyte Omes

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  1. Dear Mr. M., I eat terabytes for breakfast and move on to petabytes for afternoon tea.

    The terabyte seemed ridiculously large to me about 2 or 3 years ago, until I realized that my office full of several freelancers was already above a terabyte.

    I now own three drives that, together, are a terabyte JUST for backup. It cost $1,000 for a terabyte of FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b) equipped 7200 rpm drives in enclosures. Yikes.

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  4. Centralized storage isn’t too much of a problem. One can turn an (relatively, in computer-age) old PC into a dedicated Linux fileserver for very little. I currently run an AthlonXP 1700+ with Slackware Linux 10.2 as my fileserver. It acts as the central storage for all of my music, movies, documents and software installation files (CD Images, etc). It is accessible from Windows, Linux, and shouldn’t have a problem with Mac systems (I’m not a Mac user, so I haven’t tested this). I currently have 250 GB worth of storage capacity, but plan to move to at least .75 TB by the end of the year, due to growing needs. With a journaled filesystem and backups of really essential data (user home directories are backed up to an 8 GB Travan tape weekly), data loss isn’t too much of a worry. Add a second IDE controller, and you can run 8 IDE drives simultaneously, or RAID them together — if you didn’t want to go for RAID, you could use external FireWire drives, which would also allow you to remove volumes to take with you, since 250 GB of data is quite a lot to attempt to transfer to another device!

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