So, today I picked up an internal terabyte hard drive for my server since the main drive was running out of space. Oh, there was 30G of space left to be sure, but that's cutting it close these days. So, at CompUSA, 1,000,000,000,000 bytes of storage was only $90. I remember picking up a one gig hard drive for several hundred dollars 15 years ago.
So, now I have a Tb external drive, a Tb internal drive, plus almost a Tb spread amongst the other computers in the house. Nearly 3 whole terabytes of storage. Most people cannot comprehend that kind of storage space so here is a quick chart to help
What can fit in 1,000,000,000,000 bytes
- 125 standard definition copies of Debbie Does Dallas, including the behind the scenes interviews and bonus blooper reel
- Rosie O'Donnel's weight, expressed in scientific notation, twice
- The complete count of how many times George W. Bush mangled the word "Nuclear"
- A detailed inventory of the late Senator Kennedy's liquor cabinet. Senator Kennedy was recently replaced by Republican Scott Brown.
- 3/4 of Obama's campaign promises that have been broken (using compression)
So, as you can see, it's a LOT of data.
I'll be using it for MP3s (still working on getting all my CDs converted), family photos, and snapshots of my virtual servers.