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Hard Drives Destined to Become the Next Compact Disc

After writing about using "Sabrent USB 2.0 to IDESATA Cable for 2.5-Inch 3.5-Inch 5.25-Inch Drive with Power Adapter" and the "Coolmax IDE to SATA Multifunction Converter CD-350-COMBO" adapters (see "Related Links" below) to connect the hard drive directly to my notebook, in the "Samsung HD753LJ 750 GB SATA hard Drive $99" thread (see TrackBack below), I started to see that hard drives are destinated to replace compact disc. These adapters allow you to use bare hard drives with your computer, without actually installing the drive in your computer nor into an enclosure. Thus, you can use them to swap hard drives at will.

As of a few years ago, we are still burning our photos to CD's, DVD's, etc. But today, I hardly hear anyone talking about burning discs. In fact, dual-layer DVD has been out on the market for so long, yet few of us has ever burnt one. The price of these DVD DL, with only 8 GB of storage space, are so high, that it's not even worth-while to spend any labor on them. As of a few years ago, I have started recommending, in my Photo Storage Solution article, that everyone move their photographs and videos from compact discs to external hard drives. Thus, eliminating the labor-cost of burning and backing up discs.

After thinking all this through today, I realized why the "Thermaltake ST0005U BlacX 2.5/3.5 SATA Hard Drive Dock" (see "Related Links" below) makes a lot of sense. This dock sits on your desktop. You can plug in SATA hard drive and unplug them at will. The drives are hot-swappable. What does this remind you of? Compact discs, Orb drive, ZIP drive, JAZ drive, floppy drive, etc. Except now, we are swapping removable data with bare hard drives. Seeing the Thermaltake hard drive dock opened my eyes. Now I see that using hard drive for archival purpose is here to stay. And compact discs are already rolling down the same path as the floppy disks.

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Chieh Cheng
Wed, 02 Jul 2008 21:42:13 +0000

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Title: Samsung HD753LJ 750 GB SATA hard Drive $99
Weblog: Camera Hacker
Excerpt: Once again, I filled up my 500 GB photo/video hard drive. So I went to Fry's and saw Samsung 750 GB hard drives for $99. As suggested by my "Photo Storage Solution" article (found elsewhere on this site), I always had to buy hard drives in pairs (one for backup). I told the salesperson I wanted two . . .
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