[QUOTE=negritude;2575580]Not so fast. 3TB drives are only just now making their way to the market, and they are still high-priced. You won’t see 4TB until next year.
Also, many older computers and operating systems can’t use drives over 2TB.
Lastly, most of the cheaper 2TB drives are so-called “green drives” which run at a slower 5400 or 5900 RPM, and not at the faster 7200 RPM. If you want the faster spinning drives or longer warranties, you have to pay more.[/QUOTE]
Actually, 3tb drives (in EXTERNAL configs) were available as far back as middle of last year… only Internal drives began shipping late September 2010! What we’re seeing is an inevitable price reduction going on. I think the EXTERNAL first to market drives were about $300-$350 if i’m not mistaken. Probably didn’t see much interest. So, they remedied that by September with the internal drives reaching under $250… With price erosion of 1-2tb drives down into $50-$99, 3tb drives looked quite pricey.
So, therefore, I do preduct that 4tb drives will hit the market sometime in 2011, not 2012, unless the economy (especially falls off a cliff or something drastic like that). $5 a gallon of gasoline can do that in short order…
In some sadistic way, I hope the oil companies & gasoline refineries & gas stations gouge the consumer, as there are new bio-ethanol & bio-gasoline micro fueling machinery which will become available to home consumers to make replacement fuels for as low as $1 per gallon (the ethanol anyway with a return to profit in just 10-13k gallons!). Then they’ll screw themselves right out of a customer base permanently.