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I just opened my local flyer to see that the least HD offered by a new PC is 80G and an economy model has 160G and 3.4GHz processor. Is there a need for so much speed, HD capacity for the average user ? If yes, what is all this used for ?
I am totally lost in this regard as I just installed both KDE, GNOME on my Debian that I consider a bloat and I have just used 1.4Gigs on my PC qith a 10G HD.
I personally think storage is getting a bit crazy. I was looking for components for basic workstations just for browsing the web, but the problem is i can't get a hard drive thats less than 40gigs. It seems lke 80 gig is the average now and probably won't be for long if people keep ripping mp3's and videos to their hard drives.
Well, if my in-laws are any indication, then 160GB is going to be SMALL in a few months They've got every single digital photo they've ever taken on there (5 Megapixel camera, set to maximum resolution for every shot..), and my nephew has copied or downloaded a ton of music. Thank God they don't have a broadband connection!
Seriously, with the emphasis on digital media these days, it's only logical that storage capabilities have shot through the roof. I've got 3 "large" hard drives (40Gb on a desktop, 30Gb on a laptop, and 60Gb external) that I've had for well over a year, and I'm nowhere CLOSE to filling any of them, even after putting my entire music collection on both the desktop and the external. Every time I see a sale for 100+Gb HD for 40 bucks, I have to stop myself from running out and picking it up, simply because I have no NEED for that much storage, no matter how cheap... Hell, I remember standing in line to get a 1Gb (yes, that's a "one") for $100USD and thinking I'd never EVER fill it up
You've got a small CD collection then. My CD collection took two 80GB hard drives, ripped at 320kbps (CBR). I have half a terabyte of storage and I'm constantly running out of space. I ripped most of my DVDs so I can watch movies on my PocketPC when I travel, all my CDs, and of course countless television shows (Futurama, Family Guy, Stargate) I've recorded with my All in Wonder card. =)
A lot of people do not know the difference in processor speed and hard drive speed. People still look at the processor speed to rate the previous system to the new system which is ok if they are running CPU intense program. Most what people use the computer for is writting up documents, spreadsheets, presenting projects, database, e-mail, web browsing, P2P sharing, and text chatting known as instant messaging. In this environment, the hard drive is the bottleneck not the CPU. They can buy a processor scortching several terahertz but it will be as slow as the desktop systems. Spending huge cash on the hard drive than the CPU will provide the user much faster performance using general applications. A hard drive with a good accessing time (lower accessing time the better) will make the computer seem that it is faster. People can use something like a 100 MHz processor with a very good hard drive and it will perform better than some of today's systems.
Very soon hard drives will reach up to a terabyte or to several hundred terabytes. Soon holographic storage (aka 3D storage) is comming out that can store several thousands of terabytes. Right now there is CD that uses 3D storage. The throughput or data bandwidth of 3D storage is several gigabytes per second.