Sunday, August 05, 2012

New Solid State Drive for my Laptop

Some days ago I came back to my hometown and I took some time to make some changes in my HP6710b laptop. I decided to change the 500GB Hard Disk Drive with a modern Solid State Drive. SSD prices are still high comparing with and standard HDD and as my laptop it's already an old guy I didn't wanted to invest to much on it, so I chose to buy a  OCZ Agility 3 SATA3 2.5" 120GB SSD  for about 100€ (for this price you can have a 1TB HDD). The capacity of my main drive has been reduced from 500 to 120 GB so I externalized all my data and projects and just used the new main drive for installing the OS and all the programs. As I am always dealing with big amounts of data I'm used to carrying around many external USB HDDs so it's not going to be a big change for me. And in  case I buy a new  laptop soon, everything important will already be out, so it will be much easier the migration.. Meanwhile I must say the leap to solid state drives it's worth the money. Everything goes smoother, windows as well as photoshop and this kind of big programs start up immediately. 

While doing this I was thinking a lot about how much data I am dealing with. I am used to small portable HDD that are more expensive but need no external power, are smaller and seem to be more resistant. I already have 1 to 9 labeled HDD's four of which are 1TB, and I still need more space. On the other hand I should do a backup of all my content just in case a Hard Drive crashes, or gets lost or stolen. Just to do so I will need at least another 4 HDD of 1TB, which adds 400€ just for backup, that hurts. I must start thinking on buying a desktop HDD to make make those backups instead of the small ones, otherwise I will get broke. 

I hope we will have less storage problems in the future. I just discovered a site where HDD prices and storege capacities are collected and I make this estimation.

In the year 2000 a 15GB HDD's price was 150€ approx, that's the equivalent of almost two DVD9 (8,5GB DVDs) and the price per GB was 10€. In 2010 a 1TB (1000GB) HDD was 100€ that means that each GB of data cost 0.1€ and the storing space was equivalent to 125 DVD9 or 20 Dual Layered Blu-rays. So if this progression continues I have calculated that by the year 2020 we will have 67TB Drives for about 70€ that means 0.0001€ per GB an the equivalent on 8.375 DVD9's or 1340 Blu-Rays storing capacity. All this in a device that fits in the palm of your hand .I wish that comes true in 8 years. We will see. 

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