The Budget 3TB Hard Drive

Remember that first 1GB drive? I do. I gleefully exclaimed “How will I ever fill a gigabyte? What could you possibly put on that?” Now my dedicated HTPC has 5000+ times that alone. Hell I wouldn’t buy a phone that didn’t have at least 16GB of built in storage.

I first spotted the 3TB, in grenade’s distance of budget priced drive (I’ll define as $125 or less) at Micro Center.

Current pricing dictates 2TB as the most cost effective size at $70-$80 with 1TB costing fairly close to 2TB in the $50-$60 range, but 3TB drives within the $125 is astounding. Raw storage pricing continues to plummet and drive sizes are increasing at a notable rate.

Will we have 10TB drives in the budget range by the end of the year?

*** Editor’s Note Nov 17, 2011: 7 months later drive prices for 1 and 2 TB drives haven’t changed too much, but the 3 TB drive I liked to has DOUBLED in price! ***

Served with a disclaimer!
As a Data Drive – A data drive greater than or equal to 2.2TB requires an operating system that supports long LBA addressing, such as Windows 7, a GUID partition table (GPT) and HDD drivers that support 2.2TB drives. As a Boot Drive – In addition to the requirements for a data drive, a Windows boot drive requires an EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) BIOS and a 64-bit version of Windows Vista or Windows 7. Linux does not require an EFI BIOS.

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