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I currently own a 256GB SSD, a 126GB Raptor X, an old 500GB HDD and a 2TB HDD.

My 2TB is where I dump all my TV shows and Movies. The issue is, the 2TB is starting to get full often and rather than spend time managing it, I figure I throw in another 4TB. Right now, one can be had for $170-180! Given a 2TB is 50% of that price... and that 2TB has been sitting at roughly the same pricepoint the last two years, it seems no reason to expect any sudden price drops.

I am kind of looking for a confirmation or refutation of that notion. Any reason I shouldn't just buck up and clean my 2TB more often, and not get the 4TB, and hold off to purchase a HDD in another year or two? A bit of a loaded question, I know!
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I don't know what the future of HDD may hold so I don't know if you should wait or not.

But like you, I have a 1.5TB external HDD where I put all my movies, tv shows and games and I only have 300GB left. I never thought I'd actually be able to fill it up. So I bought another external 4GB HDD for 140. Now I'm losing desk space and have a bunch of cables underneath. Maybe I should have gotten an internal one. @.@
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4TB drives, or any drives with lots of platters, are more prone to failure. More disks = more possible points of failure. If I were you, I'd grab 3 more 2TB drives and go for RAID 5 - a lot more secure than a 4TB drive.
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I say go for it. Hell I would.
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i was under a similar dilemma over the weekend, precisely over my "movies" storage...
so i jumped on this biggrin.gif

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Quote:
Originally Posted by redxmaverick View Post

I don't know what the future of HDD may hold so I don't know if you should wait or not.

But like you, I have a 1.5TB external HDD where I put all my movies, tv shows and games and I only have 300GB left. I never thought I'd actually be able to fill it up. So I bought another external 4GB HDD for 140. Now I'm losing desk space and have a bunch of cables underneath. Maybe I should have gotten an internal one. @.@

Dang I'm pushing 140+GB of Music, 1.05+TB of Movies and 600+GB of games.
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With how much content (movies/games/music) coming out in higher capacity, I suggest you bite the bullet for the 4TB. In a year or 2 you might be able to fill it up. My only paranoia is if the drive fails or you get a faulty one, thats a LOT of data gone or corrupted. But the same could've been said when the first 1tb's came out as well.
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My only paranoia is if the drive fails or you get a faulty one, thats a LOT of data gone or corrupted.

This basically. That's a lot of data to lose in case of a single drive failure. If you do buy 4TB, I'd strongly suggest getting 2 of them so you can mirror/backup.

If funds are a concern, I'd most likely just get a couple of 2TB drives, one to supplement your existing storage and another to use for parity.
Edited by rui-no-onna - 5/15/13 at 9:53am
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4TB drives, or any drives with lots of platters, are more prone to failure. More disks = more possible points of failure. If I were you, I'd grab 3 more 2TB drives and go for RAID 5 - a lot more secure than a 4TB drive.
Technically that is true, however TV and Movies can be re-downloaded since it's not precious data. 3 more 2TB drives means more cables, more bays being used up, and it reducing the longevity of the HDDs, since you'll replace a 2TB sooner than needing to replace a 4TB.

If I do get concerned about the hassle of having to recall what I lost, I could write a powershell script that just backs up a "list" of all episodes and movies that exist at the time of capture, which outputs to another drive. That way, in case of failure, I just reload up the download queue.
Edited by Mehdi - 5/15/13 at 10:10am
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With how much content (movies/games/music) coming out in higher capacity, I suggest you bite the bullet for the 4TB. In a year or 2 you might be able to fill it up. My only paranoia is if the drive fails or you get a faulty one, thats a LOT of data gone or corrupted. But the same could've been said when the first 1tb's came out as well.

well there are always enterprise drives, they cost more but, are a little bit beefier and usually come with a 5 year warranty (at least from WD).
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