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Old 02-23-2010, 03:38 PM   #1
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Default Remember when 80MB was a lot of space?

Cause I do, and I'm only 23. Just got these in from Newegg.com, 74.99ea shipped with the docking stations.



That brings my grand total between 3 systems to:
36GB Raptor Drive
80GB
160GB
160GB
250GB
250GB
500GB
500GB
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1TB
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Remember when a 256mb flash drive was like $120...now you can't even find them that small.
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Wow thats a good price. At the college I went to they had a HD that was less then 80MB, and it was bigger then a brick!
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Nice, Im rocking roughly 2 tb shared on the network for my media and 2 drives making up about 500g in the main rig for games and misc.

Soon ill be buying 4 of the fastest 300g drives i can afford for a hotswap raid setup, with a 80g ssd for win7 for extra fast boot.
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Remember when a 256mb flash drive was like $120...now you can't even find them that small.
I know right, and now they have like 16GB for 30 bucks or something. I think the largest thumb drive I've seen is 128GB.
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Here's a 256GB thumb drive. You can have one too if you have $1,108.

Kingston's 256GB USB Flash Drive is $1,108 - Tom's Hardware
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I know right, and now they have like 16GB for 30 bucks or something. I think the largest thumb drive I've seen is 128GB.
Didnt someone release a 400+g but the price tag was pretty large. Cant remember who made it because i thought it was useless. My wd passport 160g that i keep with my laptop handles everything i ever throw at it.
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I still have a 3.4 gig hdd under my bed thats HUGE from many years ago.
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I have a 12GB HDD that is sitting in a non-functional computer. That is the smallest I own.
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I'm digging the docking stations. Going to research those now.
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Heh...

When I was in college at UF (mid 90s) they still kept a pair of VAX 11/780 computers up and running in the dinosaur pen. Truthfully, they were my favorite machines in some ways. Through the steel-impregnated windows, you could see the row of RA81 disk cabinets proudly set in front of the computers. A dozen or so of these, set side by side:



Each one of those cabinets contains three RA81 disk drives. Each drive held 456MB on seven surfaces (plus one servo surface), using 14" platters. About half of the cabinets actually had RA60s in the top slot, which was a 205MB drive that used removable cake packs. If you wanted a new disk pack loaded, you had to call up the data center on the phone (or visit in person) and schedule a disk change, which sometimes had a waiting list days long if the astrophysics guys were scrambling against some deadline.

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Deep-tech edit: I found the service manual for the RA60! http://bitsavers.org/pdf/dec/disc/ra...-001_May83.pdf
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Ive been tempted to get one of the docks but id rather it be a ide interface vs sata so i can use it to play with old drives, the case i will be upgrading to soon has 4 hotswap raid bays built into the front. If anyone wants to blow there mind on one of the most badass pc cases ever check this out.

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Ive been tempted to get one of the docks but id rather it be a ide interface vs sata so i can use it to play with old drives, the case i will be upgrading to soon has 4 hotswap raid bays built into the front. If anyone wants to blow there mind on one of the most badass pc cases ever check this out.

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I must admit this is pretty sexy:

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As i read over the specs to the case i repeatedly would say "NO WAY" out loud due to shear amazement that they thought of everything! I can't wait to be the proud owner of one of those bad boys.
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My first computer with a hard drive was a 10mb Miniscribe. It was MFM, used it for a couple of years with an RLL interface, which I think gave me close to 20mb. It took 2 5 1/4" bays, back in the day we called that full height. It never did fail, could still be running to this day. I donated it to a geek who ran a local BBS setup when I upgraded.

Now, not as archaic as Mr Perez's example but I did own it and kept **** on it at one point. I could show some pictures of some punch cards we have lying around work
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I remember when we upgraded out first PC from 8 to 16 megs.
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I remember when we upgraded out first PC from 8 to 16 megs.
i remember doing 4 to 8 so i could play doom without a boot disk. cost me $200 at a show
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Now, not as archaic as Mr Perez's example but I did own it and kept **** on it at one point. I could show some pictures of some punch cards we have lying around work
Mmmmm. Cards.

One thing which I really thought was hilarious about the VAXen related to the way that storage quotas were handled. An individual student account was alloted a certain amount of disk storage, which in practical terms was equivalent to somewhat under a megabyte. (The VMS filesystem used different units of measure from what we're accustomed to today.)

By comparison, the rather arcane regulations for the machine stated that an account belonging to an officially sanctioned student organization was permitted a considerably greater amount of disk quota. I can't remember exactly what it was, but it was a lot.

As a result of this, there was in fact an official student organization called VAX Unlimited (aka VAXu) whose sole purpose for existing was to get that extra disk quota to be shared among its members. Meetings of the organization were, shall we say, fairly random and mostly involved going out for Chinese food. The collection of dues consisted of forcefully throwing whatever loose change you happened to have in your pocket at the treasurer, in a game that somewhat resembled dodgeball, only with a much greater risk of losing an eye (or at least, scratching an eyeglass lens.)

I just did some googling, and much to my amazement, our old web page is still up! (well, most of it anyway) VaxU - About VaxU

I honestly don't know what ultimately happened to the club. The machines were finally turned off about the same time I graduated, though I wouldn't be surprised if they continued calling meetings to disorder long after that.
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How far are we going back?

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I have the non green versions, which are a little faster, and mine are only 640gb each (x2), plus a 500GB, but I have a nice WD 1TB external I use for backup. I guess that makes my one machine plus external total only about ~3TB. The days of 60GB and 80GB standard wasn't even that long ago. I have a receipt from Newegg for an 80GB ATA100 WD Blue from '06 for $51

I'm ready for SSD to drop in price. I need a fast SSD with decent capacity, but I'm not willing to spend so much.
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