All Hubble data on 120 new Seagate hard drives?

Seagate, my sponsor, is getting ready to ship 1TB hard drives. I’ve always wondered why I’d want more than one. Now I have a good reason. Wired News is reporting that Google is working with Space Telescope Science Institute to make one of the largest transfer of data the world has ever seen: 120 terabytes. Whew.

All the data that the Hubble telescope has ever captured.

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  1. One of the rist thigs I did when I started work was help to install a new double 8 inch floppy drive in our PDP11 took 2 men to lift it into place and a third to steady the drive from the back.

    BTW did you see the Inventor of FORTRAN died a few days ago.

    And podtech realy ought to do a video on the spacex guys

    http://spacex.com/updates.php

  2. One of the rist thigs I did when I started work was help to install a new double 8 inch floppy drive in our PDP11 took 2 men to lift it into place and a third to steady the drive from the back.

    BTW did you see the Inventor of FORTRAN died a few days ago.

    And podtech realy ought to do a video on the spacex guys

    http://spacex.com/updates.php

  3. @9 & @4 I believe in all the excitement a small typo makes for a HUGE difference! Laptop of 50 GB, and these new Seagates hold “20” times as much! 40 times would be 2000 GB (40×50) or 2 TB. They’ll probably have that out in 3 months, just like the first processor roll outs; every 2 weeks saw a new speed.

  4. @9 & @4 I believe in all the excitement a small typo makes for a HUGE difference! Laptop of 50 GB, and these new Seagates hold “20” times as much! 40 times would be 2000 GB (40×50) or 2 TB. They’ll probably have that out in 3 months, just like the first processor roll outs; every 2 weeks saw a new speed.

  5. I’d get two of them and set them up as RAID 1. Right now I’m using a Buffalo TeraStation which uses 4x250G drives, which I have configured as RAID 5 for a total of 750G.

  6. I’d get two of them and set them up as RAID 1. Right now I’m using a Buffalo TeraStation which uses 4x250G drives, which I have configured as RAID 5 for a total of 750G.

  7. As me and business partners used to say “Never underestimate the bandwidth of a truckload of tapes”. Funny it is still holds true 10 years down the line…

  8. As me and business partners used to say “Never underestimate the bandwidth of a truckload of tapes”. Funny it is still holds true 10 years down the line…

  9. At Omnidrive, we moved to the Seagate 750 drives shortly after they were released (after thrashing them with testing) – we eagerly await the release of the 1TB drives!

    You can’t think what you can do with just one, well, I say that within a few months of release we will buy *hundreds* of the 1TB model

  10. At Omnidrive, we moved to the Seagate 750 drives shortly after they were released (after thrashing them with testing) – we eagerly await the release of the 1TB drives!

    You can’t think what you can do with just one, well, I say that within a few months of release we will buy *hundreds* of the 1TB model

  11. Robert, have you thought of changing your picture at the top of the blog to a more wind in your hair, exposed chest, Chris DiBona like one?

  12. Robert, have you thought of changing your picture at the top of the blog to a more wind in your hair, exposed chest, Chris DiBona like one?

  13. Robert, have you thought of changing your picture at the top of the blog to a more wind in your hair, exposed chest, Chris DiBona like one?

    He’d look too much like his hero –The Breck Girl, John Edwards.

    :lol:

  14. Robert, have you thought of changing your picture at the top of the blog to a more wind in your hair, exposed chest, Chris DiBona like one?

    He’d look too much like his hero –The Breck Girl, John Edwards.

    :lol:

  15. I wonder how much the Seagates will go for. I remember buying an external Maxtor drive in ~1996: $250 for 250MB.

  16. I wonder how much the Seagates will go for. I remember buying an external Maxtor drive in ~1996: $250 for 250MB.

  17. Seagate hasn’t abandoned eSATA have they? Seems like it, USB2 and FW, ugh. The ole’ ST3500601XS-RK is a beaut. So any 1TB eSATA’s?

  18. Seagate hasn’t abandoned eSATA have they? Seems like it, USB2 and FW, ugh. The ole’ ST3500601XS-RK is a beaut. So any 1TB eSATA’s?

  19. I remember when we counted with little lumps of just cooled lava … and were my feet hot!

    Actually, I do remember the old Purple Data Pushers — they were the reason I got into computers. At work we had a copy of the original Dungeons and Dragons (pre “Adventure” and “Zork”) on the 8″ dual (!) floppy drives and I learned to access the computer during my lunch break (yeah …, thats what it was … “lunch”) so I could play the game. What I discovered was that the computer was a real-life form of the game. You had to solve puzzles, know the secret passwords, spells, and other esoteric knowledge and at any point either a thief would zip by and steal your treasures or else the troll under the bridge would come out and get you.

    Sometimes I wax nostalgic for manually almost-booting with the front panel switches, the twisted and torn punch tapes, IBM card mispunches and a dropped-torn-spindled-and-mutilated deck, inaudible audio cassette drives, the constant clacking of the floppy drives, and the shear volume of a room full of Telex machines. And if you believe that, I’ve got some beachfront property to sell you!

    Thanks for the memories.

    -eef

  20. I remember when we counted with little lumps of just cooled lava … and were my feet hot!

    Actually, I do remember the old Purple Data Pushers — they were the reason I got into computers. At work we had a copy of the original Dungeons and Dragons (pre “Adventure” and “Zork”) on the 8″ dual (!) floppy drives and I learned to access the computer during my lunch break (yeah …, thats what it was … “lunch”) so I could play the game. What I discovered was that the computer was a real-life form of the game. You had to solve puzzles, know the secret passwords, spells, and other esoteric knowledge and at any point either a thief would zip by and steal your treasures or else the troll under the bridge would come out and get you.

    Sometimes I wax nostalgic for manually almost-booting with the front panel switches, the twisted and torn punch tapes, IBM card mispunches and a dropped-torn-spindled-and-mutilated deck, inaudible audio cassette drives, the constant clacking of the floppy drives, and the shear volume of a room full of Telex machines. And if you believe that, I’ve got some beachfront property to sell you!

    Thanks for the memories.

    -eef

  21. @10 – my bad on comment @9: bad math or typo, one or the other :)

    It’s a big drive, that’s all that matters I think. I still have some 2.1 GB drives here on the desk …

  22. @10 – my bad on comment @9: bad math or typo, one or the other :)

    It’s a big drive, that’s all that matters I think. I still have some 2.1 GB drives here on the desk …

  23. I use a 540 Megabyte drive in my firewall that is beside me. Why, because it is fun to hear it click away. Clicks are a poor man’s top. We don’t need no steenking guis

  24. I use a 540 Megabyte drive in my firewall that is beside me. Why, because it is fun to hear it click away. Clicks are a poor man’s top. We don’t need no steenking guis

  25. Speaking of early technology, though a bit later than Apple’s 5.25″ floppys…

    Anyone remember Lisa’s (And Apple’s) first hard drive? It was external, big and heavy, 5 Megabytes, took somewhere around 5-10 minutes to boot the Lisa, and cost $2495.00.

    Years later, the 160 Meg Seagate drive died on my 4-month old Mac IIx. This was in the day when Apple’s warranty was 90 days, even though Seagate’s was 1 year. No amount of complaining changed my fate- $1700.00 for a new 160M drive.

    Yesterday, after a Drive Genius bug nuked my SATA 250G drive, I went to Best Buy and bought an external FireWire/USB 2.0 Seagate 750G drive for$335.00, give or take a few singles. Oh, and it’s full today. Temporarily, while I resurrect data.

    BTW, I do have a huge drive with all the Hubble data on it. A virtual one, anyway. The internet!

  26. Speaking of early technology, though a bit later than Apple’s 5.25″ floppys…

    Anyone remember Lisa’s (And Apple’s) first hard drive? It was external, big and heavy, 5 Megabytes, took somewhere around 5-10 minutes to boot the Lisa, and cost $2495.00.

    Years later, the 160 Meg Seagate drive died on my 4-month old Mac IIx. This was in the day when Apple’s warranty was 90 days, even though Seagate’s was 1 year. No amount of complaining changed my fate- $1700.00 for a new 160M drive.

    Yesterday, after a Drive Genius bug nuked my SATA 250G drive, I went to Best Buy and bought an external FireWire/USB 2.0 Seagate 750G drive for$335.00, give or take a few singles. Oh, and it’s full today. Temporarily, while I resurrect data.

    BTW, I do have a huge drive with all the Hubble data on it. A virtual one, anyway. The internet!

  27. I remember my first PC had 4.3 GB and I used to wonder what in the world I would need so such space for…. now I have more than 600 GB and still need some more space…

    one thing I do know now is no matter how much space you have, its never enough !!!

    Now I am waiting when I am gonna be able to run my PC entirely on solid state storage… that would be cool.. at least for now…

  28. I remember my first PC had 4.3 GB and I used to wonder what in the world I would need so such space for…. now I have more than 600 GB and still need some more space…

    one thing I do know now is no matter how much space you have, its never enough !!!

    Now I am waiting when I am gonna be able to run my PC entirely on solid state storage… that would be cool.. at least for now…