January 8, 2006
Need More Storage?
I'm thinking about purchasing some additional disk storage, as I'm bursting at the seams from shooting so many digital photos. Also, it's fairly widely documented that any CD or DVD you burn has a limited shelf life of around 2-5 years. They suggest using magnetic tapes, but magnetic tapes have their own problems.
I found a review of disk drives at Tom's Hardware from September of last year. At the time, they were recommending the Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200JD 320GB Hard Drive. Western Digital sells these drives for $144.99, so the cost is roughly 50 cents a Gig.
I found another article that indicates Windows XP can actually support RAID Level 5, as delivered. So, it appears to me that I could convert my home computer to support an internal 1 Terabyte RAID Level 5 for about $500, which is a very attractive proposition.
Update: Slashdot has a lot of feedback on setting up a decent sized RAID for a home network.
Posted by Peenie Wallie on January 8, 2006 at 7:53 PM