Originally Posted by themessenger500
flash memory is also another thing to watch out for- just observe how relatively cheap a 1 gb sd card is currently versus three years ago. flash will overtake hds, and 7200 RPM speed will appear both sluggish and wasteful of energy compared to nonmotorized solid state.
but not for a while. sure, they've announced these say 256GB notebook flash drives (http://www.engadget.com/2007/05/30/p...ch-ssd-drive/)
, and sure, since a desktop drive is 6 times bigger, you could theoretically have a 1.5TB (and there is supposedly a 512gb drive to be around soon (http://www.engadget.com/2007/04/18/s...h-ssd-drives/)
but i think people will still be using spinning disk drives for their larger storage. sure, it will still use more power, have slower seek times, be more prone to failure, generate more heat, etc, but still, it will be cheaper. they are getting cheaper and cheaper for more and more storage (they're reaching the $.20/GB range without special sales), and flash is at some obscenely high amount at the moment (~$10/GB) and while that will drop in the future (down to ~$2/GB in 5 years), i could imagine that normal hdd's will be ipretty low.
oh, and my vote is for seagate. i'm kind of a seagate fan though. i'm actually having a bit of difficulty deciding between the seagate 160gb (pretty much the top performer at the moment, and somewhat available) or the WD 250gb (a 50% larger capacity and decent performance)