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Clem Cheesy:
Why the ever larger, ever more inexpensive storage fascinates me, I don't know.

Between 1000 to 4000 hours of high quality music.
A waking year of non-stop tunes.  (365 days, 12 hours a day, FLAC of CD quality or better)

I'm being conservative on my guestimate.

That's a bunch o' music...

morst:

--- Quote from: Numpy on August 18, 2021, 01:09:42 AM ---Why the ever larger, ever more inexpensive storage fascinates me, I don't know.

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While it's true that long term prices have fallen historically, this year has been the exception to the rule.
There is a new cryptocurrency called Chia which runs on what is called Proof Of Storage, and so large capacity hard drives and fast SSD's have been going at a premium, much like graphics cards have been very competitive due to Proof Of Stake mining (used for the Ethereum cryptocurrency.)
In March of 2021 I bought a 14TB drive for $232 from Best Buy. That works out to a little over $16.50/TB.
18 TB for $500 is more like $27.75!
I was buying 8 TB drives for $135 before this spring's price spike. That's still under $17/TB but now those same 8TB drives go for $180-200 which is $22.50-$25/TB.


here are some price tracking resources if you'd like to see the data
https://pcpartpicker.com/trends/internal-hard-drive/#storage.hdd350.8000
https://diskprices.com
https://shucks.top

daspyknows:
My first hard drive at a bank I worked for in 1984 was $10,000 for 10MB.  That's $1 million/TB.  Can you imagine how our lives would be different with those prices?

nulldogmas:

--- Quote from: daspyknows on August 18, 2021, 12:52:45 PM ---My first hard drive at a bank I worked for in 1984 was $10,000 for 10MB.  That's $1 million/TB.  Can you imagine how our lives would be different with those prices?

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My first external drive was a cassette recorder.

lsd2525:

--- Quote from: nulldogmas on August 18, 2021, 01:30:08 PM ---
--- Quote from: daspyknows on August 18, 2021, 12:52:45 PM ---My first hard drive at a bank I worked for in 1984 was $10,000 for 10MB.  That's $1 million/TB.  Can you imagine how our lives would be different with those prices?

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My first external drive was a cassette recorder.

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5.25 floppy disk

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