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Seagate Expansion Desktop 16TB External HDD (STEB16000402) - $398.99

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game_fanatic wrote: Ah dammit...must....resist
this drive is just calling to us all: Shuck me! Shuck me now!
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how reliable is this one?

It looks the WD 14TB drive has 2.5M hours MTBF
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Isn't it better to focus on say 2x 10tb when on sale so you can raid them?

16tb committed to one drive.
If it fails.... Ouch!

I'd suggest 2 x 10tb
And a cheap 2 drive Nas if you need it quiet and somewhat portable. Can always start with just 1 drive and 2x bay Nas. Add the 2nd HDD later for backup security.
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alkaint wrote: Then look it up. My 4K movies are around 25-30gb each, I have about 300 4k movies and around 400 1080P movies. Storage gets depleted quick if you know how to use it and I'm sure my collection is significantly lower than many out there.
I have 300 terabytes that are beginning to age and I need to replace the drives. Not sure if I can buy a dozen of these 16 terabytes drives and spend time shucking them
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I think I am going to wait for that 10Tb to go back to 199$ again.... 16TB is just too big....
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Gee wrote: I have 300 terabytes that are beginning to age and I need to replace the drives. Not sure if I can buy a dozen of these 16 terabytes drives and spend time shucking them
Similar situation here. Looking to buy 8 but quantity limit is 1 and I'm not sure if using my alt accounts is a good idea.
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Never was a fan of Seagate but these recent sales of external drives at these sizes are nice. Looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more sales of high TB drives.
turbine wrote: I know it's prudent to have external storage but 16 TB? I thought 4-5 TB drives were sufficient these days. I mean, how much porn do you guys have to archive? (You know it's true)
4-5 TB of storage is nothing these days for Media Files.
EliteJay wrote: Similar situation here. Looking to buy 8 but quantity limit is 1 and I'm not sure if using my alt accounts is a good idea.
Amazon needs to get rid of the restriction of buying high TB drives, only in place to prevent people to resale.

Just order of your alt account, should be no issue.
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EliteJay wrote: Similar situation here. Looking to buy 8 but quantity limit is 1 and I'm not sure if using my alt accounts is a good idea.
Didn’t know there was a limit of 1.

Thank you, you’ve made my decision for me
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rambokid wrote: A lot of data to lose if it craps out lol
YUP, that's why with tax it's $917.67, ouch, gotta buy two!
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Clearly many news abound/posting today on this sorta thing.

It's a perverse economy but yup, 'shucked' drives from external enclosures have been cheaper than the internal version for at least a couple of years now...

For Network Attached Storage (NAS) users a larger drive size initially is preferable as RAID (another acronym you can look up -- redundant array of independent disks) setups typically use disks of same size. Movies, as well as people who are interested in storing high quality RAW photos and HD video (like myself) need lots of space. Depending on RAID setup, space can often be halved by the array to ensure redundant storage.
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turbine wrote: I know it's prudent to have external storage but 16 TB? I thought 4-5 TB drives were sufficient these days. I mean, how much porn do you guys have to archive? (You know it's true)
I have 16gb of words documents and excel sheets
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Avenger wrote: Not sure an extra $80 is worth an extra 2tb though when comparing this to the $319 14tb Western Digital....
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turbine wrote: I know it's prudent to have external storage but 16 TB? I thought 4-5 TB drives were sufficient these days. I mean, how much porn do you guys have to archive? (You know it's true)
Yeah you're missing a few zeros If this was more than limit 1, I'd buy 24 of them right now.

I download more than 4-5TB a day sometimes....
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rambokid wrote: A lot of data to lose if it craps out lol
Not really... In fact none at all.
23 of its sisters are gonna pick up the slack until I shove a new one in.
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Nope. That's why I'm on the internet arguing with strangers. If I had anything better to do I'd probably be doing it.
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neptune wrote: Comes to just under $25/TB.
For anybody else wondering about the other storage options on that amazon listing:
16tb - 24.93$/tb
14tb - 26.07$/tb
12tb - 28.16$/tb
10tb - 25.49$/tb
08tb - 24.99$/tb
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rambokid wrote: A lot of data to lose if it craps out lol
anyone who works in IT will tell you it's not a question of "if" but "when"
alkaint wrote: Then look it up. My 4K movies are around 25-30gb each, I have about 300 4k movies and around 400 1080P movies. Storage gets depleted quick if you know how to use it and I'm sure my collection is significantly lower than many out there.
so do you keep a 1:1 backup of those 700 movies or do you just not care when those drives they're on die? I download and watch around 100 movies a year as well but I end up deleting the vast majority and only keep the 5-10 favorites I'd actually revisit in the future which is manageable and easily duplicated on a couple drives. Maintaining a 700+ multi terrabyte library seems like it'd be more hassle than its worth imo so I'm curious how you handle redundancy in that context if at all
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Not a shucker but out of box this one or BBy is better?
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Do I need 16TB RAID 1? Probably Not
Do I want 16TB RAID 1? Hell Yeah !

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