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Western Digital announces 2TB drive

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Mark Holtz, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. Jan 27, 2009 #21 of 166
    Richierich

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    I record alot of Golf, Football, etc. on my HR23 and then News, Weather, Entertainment Tonight, Jay Leno, and alot of Concerts that I keep and watch over and over such as Phil Collins with Genesis in Rome on Palladia.

    Can't Delete Great Concerts or The Super Bowl (if it is not a BLOWOUT), etc.

    I am ADDICTED to DRIVE CAPACITY!!!
     
  2. Jan 27, 2009 #22 of 166
    hdtvfan0001

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    In all fairness...I can confess that I once said "what the heck is anyone going to do with a 20 Megabite hard disk drive...all that storage?". :D

    I now carry a 16 Gigabyte Flash Drive with me...times change...
     
  3. Jan 27, 2009 #23 of 166
    Richierich

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    I got a 10 Meg Hard Drive installed on my PC and I thought that I would NEVER EVER NEED ANY MORE SPACE as that was the ULTIMATE!!!

    Amazing how LIFE and TIME changes things so I have learned NEVER SAY NEVER!!! (Unless it means switching to Dish or Comcast and in my neck of the woods that MEANS NEVER!!!) :lol:
     
  4. Jan 27, 2009 #24 of 166
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    There is a difference between handling it and handling it well (or at the very least handing it acceptably). Considering that my HR21 with a 1TB disk is struggling to perform acceptably in some cases, I'd say that DirecTV probably still has a bit of work to do to get their current hardware to handle a a 2TB disk "well". Unfortunately, they still don't even officially support anything larger than the 500GB disks that come in their latest DVRs, so it's unknown how high a priority support for these large drives is or will be in the near future.
     
  5. Jan 27, 2009 #25 of 166
    hdtvfan0001

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    It will indeed be interesting to see how the Linux infrastructure handles that big old drive....my guess is we'll learn from a couple of "select" folks soon enough. :D
     
  6. Jan 27, 2009 #26 of 166
    Tom Robertson

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    Linux doesn't have a problem with 2TB unless you format and arrange it poorly. If you put 1 billion tiny files in one directory you gonna have problems. :)
     
  7. Jan 27, 2009 #27 of 166
    Tom Robertson

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    I'm not quite as addicted... the twitches have calmed quite a bit lately... well at least until these drives start shipping... :)
     
  8. Jan 27, 2009 #28 of 166
    hdtvfan0001

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    Thats interesting and useful information....as the files created on the HD DVRs certainly don't fit that description. :D

    So, it would appear that based on this, it should behave and perform just fine.
     
  9. Jan 27, 2009 #29 of 166
    cartrivision

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    Yeah, I think that the DirecTV DVRs performance issues with large disks are more application/programming related than OS related.
     
  10. Jan 27, 2009 #30 of 166
    Tom Robertson

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    Everything depends upon how well the database that DIRECTV uses can scale up to as many files as 2TB will be.

    Watching DIRECTV's team, I'm sure they will fine tune the database performance to be at least comfortable at 2TB. Just takes time and testing to find that right balance.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
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    They at least seem to be working on it. With the latest SW update, my 1TB HR21 went from taking 7-8 seconds to bring up the playlist to 3-4 seconds... still too slow, but moving in the right direction.
     
  12. Jan 27, 2009 #32 of 166
    Tom Robertson

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    We know DIRECTV signed a contract with an advanced in-memory database maker and I hope this will be the cornerstone of a huge performance boost fairly soon. :)
     
  13. Jan 27, 2009 #33 of 166
    hdtvfan0001

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    That's what I read about some time ago, and have been looking forward to...I suspect we'll really notice when that "kicks in"...:)
     
  14. Jan 27, 2009 #34 of 166
    Richierich

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    I have "FILLED UP" my 1 TB Drive and had no problems until the last NR Download and then I had the Reported Sluggish Remote which derives from the CPU being overloaded so the incoming IR Tasks get Queued Up in the Task Command Area awaiting the CPU quitting the Current Task and then assigning the next Task it's command or request.

    I then downloaded the "CE" Software and I was now getting FAST Results and I believe it was not just because of the different software version but because of the fact that I had "CORRUPTED" Software and with the download I now had a "GOOD" Download and everything worked fine.

    I then downloaded the latest NR Software and I was still running FAST so I believe that alot of the problems result in a corruptible software versus the version of the software you are running.

    Just My Humble Opinion!!! :lol:
     
  15. Jan 27, 2009 #35 of 166
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    These 2TB drives are going to be awesome in my Windows Home Server.
     
  16. Jan 27, 2009 #36 of 166
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    All that storage space is great to have. Until something goes wrong and the box gets reformated and *poof* all those recordings are gone.

    Just sayin...
     
  17. Jan 27, 2009 #37 of 166
    Richierich

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    I have it all recorded on one of my other 5 Directv DVRs!!!

    Can't wait for MRV so I can record it on one box and send it to wherever I want to watch it so SAVE even more SPACE!!!
     
  18. Jan 27, 2009 #38 of 166
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    The 1TB drive on my main DVR currently shows 89% available. Over the last 18 months, the least available I've ever seen is 72%, so I think I'm good for now.
     
  19. Jan 27, 2009 #39 of 166
    smiddy

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    Yeah, RAID them with 15 drives, now that's some drive space! :D
     
  20. Jan 28, 2009 #40 of 166
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    Pfft. Amatuer. :D

    Seriously, though. Multi-rack SAN is where it's at! If only the HR boxes could utilize network shares like a large NFS share, for instance.
     

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