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Old 12-23-2006, 01:55 AM   #1
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Old 12-23-2006, 01:57 AM   #2
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Wow! I was wanting to pay $130 or so for a 250 Gig hard drive. What on earth was I thinking?

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Old 12-23-2006, 01:59 AM   #3
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I remember when that WAS a deal! Shoot, I installed 5 MB drives (4.2 MB formatted) in many machines.

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Old 12-23-2006, 05:44 AM   #4
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I once paid $1,200.00 for a 500MB SCSI drive. Seemed like a good deal at the time.

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Old 12-23-2006, 05:48 AM   #5
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Paid $500 to upgrade to a 5 1/4 floppy drive from an audio casette drive for my atari 800.

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Today, I paid $29 for a 1GB SD memory card whose chip is no bigger than my thumbnail. We've come a long way, baby.

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Yeah, but that's from Radio Shack. You could probably get the same thing from Newegg for about half that.

I just bought a full Dell system complete with a 19" flat screen for $613 after tax, shipped free. A long way, indeed.
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Today, I paid $29 for a 1GB SD memory card whose chip is no bigger than my thumbnail. We've come a long way, baby.

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Today, I paid $29 for a 1GB SD memory card whose chip is no bigger than my thumbnail. We've come a long way, baby.
A question for you computer experts out there.
With storage technology advancing as it is, will hard drives eventually be replaced with flash drives? It seems to me a flash drive would be more reliable. I'm thinking that a 200GB or bigger drive wouldn't be all that big. Would access speed be a problem?

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Current flash drives develop errors way too fast. We don't notice this problem because we use them in applications that don't require a lot of I/O. [In this case, I'm talking re-writing the same bits] There are some newer technologies coming down the pike (including ferrite memory) that will replace mechanical drives. I've seen a couple flash drive laptops, but they use very aggressive memory monitoring & exclusion.

I looked into using a flash drive as the boot drive for servers. A couple months operation is about all you get from one.

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