# Thread: new storage device from Taiwan - 2 Terabytes!

1. ## new storage device from Taiwan - 2 Terabytes!

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20040805A4013.html

gawd... would u believe these taiwanese?? if really come thru, can throw away our x-drives already!

2. wow cool....

3. Throw X-drives away? i can throw away all the harddisks in my PC!

4. Originally Posted by nightwolf75
gawd... would u believe these taiwanese?? if really come thru, can throw away our x-drives already!

u can pass the x-drive to me instead

5. Originally Posted by zodnm
u can pass the x-drive to me instead
heck... if they can make a CF card with 2 terabytes, i'll gift-wrap my x-drive to u!

6. Hey Sam, order one for me. Don't want so big lah. Just the 128 CF will do. Should not cost a bomb though.

7. hmm.. sorry if this sounds stupid.. how big is tera byte?

8. 1 terabyte = 1024 gigabytes.

BTW, that device isn't 2 Terabytes (yet) - that's just the theoretical maximum - just like memory stick pro's theoretical maximum of 2 TB. Pretty fast access speed though of 120MB/s

9. As weall know kilobyte, MegaByte, GigaByte and next is after Gigabyte is Terabyte followed by petabyte.

1 Terabyte = 1,024 Gigabyte (GB)

1 Petabyte = 1,024 Terabyte

1 Petabyte = 1,048,576 Gigabyte (GB)

Wtf the max is 8GB for XD card, man i could store tons of photo.

10. Originally Posted by tokrot
hmm.. sorry if this sounds stupid.. how big is tera byte?

hahah...

1 byte = 8 characters (or words)
1048 bytes (dun ask why...) = 1 MB
1 (dats 1 followed by 9 zeros) billion bits = 1 GB
1000 billion bytes (ie 1000 GB) = 1 terabyte

anyway, to put things in perspective, this is a comparison chart.

Information object: How many bytes

A binary decision 1 bit
A single text character 1 byte
A typical text word 10 bytes
A typewritten page 2 kilobyte s ( KB s)
A low-resolution photograph 100 kilobytes
A short novel 1 megabyte ( MB )
The contents of a 3.5 inch floppy disk 1.44 megabytes
A high-resolution photograph 2 megabytes
The complete works of Shakespeare 5 megabytes
A minute of high-fidelity sound 10 megabytes
One meter (or close to a yard) of shelved books 100 megabytes
The contents of a CD-ROM 500 megabytes
A pickup truck filled with books 1 gigabyte GB )
The contents of a DVD 17 gigabyte s
A collection of the works of Beethoven 20 gigabytes
A library floor of academic journals 100 gigabytes
50,000 trees made into paper and printed 1 terabyte ( TB )
An academic research library 2 terabytes
The print collections of the U.S. Library of Congress 10 terabytes
The National Climactic Data Center database 400 terabytes
Three years' of EOS data (2001) 1 petabyte ( PB )
All U.S. academic research libraries 2 petabytes
All hard disk capacity developed in 1995 20 petabytes
All printed material in the world 200 petabytes
Total volume of information generated in 1999 2 exabyte s ( EB s)
All words ever spoken by human beings 5 exabytes

TMI yet??

jbma - why 128MB?? hahaha...

11. heh.. if the card warranty is only 1 year... would you still buy it? also how bout the cost?

12. Originally Posted by nightwolf75
hahah...

1 byte = 8 characters (or words)
1048 bytes (dun ask why...) = 1 MB
1 (dats 1 followed by 9 zeros) billion bits = 1 GB
1000 billion bytes (ie 1000 GB) = 1 terabyte
1 Byte is 8 bits
1024 Bytes is 1KB
1024 KB is 1 MB
1024 MB is 1 GB.... .... ....

13. Need so big for wat? keke

14. I think losing 2 terabytes of data would be more painful than losing, say 2GB of data.

15. Originally Posted by Zerstorer
1 Byte is 8 bits
1024 Bytes is 1KB
1024 KB is 1 MB
1024 MB is 1 GB.... .... ....
oppsss... yikes! just realised i missed out one line. thanks, zerstorer!

streetshooter - i agree lah. unless u happened to be a nat geog photographer, i doubt anyone will want to get a 2 tera card! unless future DSLRs reach 20, 30 40 and above MP (which means their RAW files will hit astronomical sizes!).... me? i'm just hoping with the 2 tera card, the prices for the higher capacity CF cards will drop to a more affordable levels...

16. Originally Posted by Zerstorer
1 Byte is 8 bits
1024 Bytes is 1KB
1024 KB is 1 MB
1024 MB is 1 GB.... .... ....
Erm you'll find Hard Disk manufacturers use 1,000,000 bytes = 1 MB and 1000 MB = 1 GB etc.

They round down the values for some stupid reason that I can't recall at this unholy hour of the morning

17. Originally Posted by Ian
Erm you'll find Hard Disk manufacturers use 1,000,000 bytes = 1 MB and 1000 MB = 1 GB etc.

They round down the values for some stupid reason that I can't recall at this unholy hour of the morning
They round down the values when they classify the HDDs by their storage, perhaps to inflate their figures.

But this numbering convention is what the computer goes by internally and is used when reporting your actual available space. This divergence is also the no.1 cause of "Help, my 40GB HDD is only 36GB, have I been cheated?" messages in hardware forums.

18. Originally Posted by Zerstorer
They round down the values when they classify the HDDs by their storage, perhaps to inflate their figures.

But this numbering convention is what the computer goes by internally and is used when reporting your actual available space. This divergence is also the no.1 cause of "Help, my 40GB HDD is only 36GB, have I been cheated?" messages in hardware forums.

Yup...but 2TB is still mightly big. I will be very happy with 5GB and a cheap price with fast transfer rates.

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