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    HOLY ****!!!! That's a great price...and I'm still kicking myself for paying almost $300 for my 300GB drive... What's worse...I STILL have to buy another drive to store my Old Time Radio collection...which has taken up slightly over 100GB already...

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    It looks like a great price, but I stopped buying Maxtor a while back after I had 3 of their external drives fail. Two were the 5000DV model and the other was a One Touch II. We have about 20 external drives at our office of which 9 are Maxtor. The only ones to fail were the Maxtors. Not good odds--1 in 3 failed in 4 years. Things at Maxtor may have changed since Seagate bought them out, but I still won't trust them.

    I have been buying the Western Digital MyBook Premium drives at Costco and have been happy with them. I think they were $169 for 500MB. They also have a Terrabyte model now.

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    BTW, when these drives fail due to a mechanical failure like mine did, it costs about $1800+ to have the data recovered.

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    The price is unbeatable... a steal! But I will let you know that Maxtor is a name that I no longer trust (especially IDE drives). My hard drive brands are Seagate and Western Digital.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeaderFan View Post
    BTW, when these drives fail due to a mechanical failure like mine did, it costs about $1800+ to have the data recovered.
    Does anyone know if "Flash-based" external drives are viable for this kind of storage capacity? I mean in the 100's of GByte range, not the 1 GByte of a USB memory stick.

    Those would alleviate the moving-motor-and-platter failure concerns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beingbobbyorr View Post
    Does anyone know if "Flash-based" external drives are viable for this kind of storage capacity? I mean in the 100's of GByte range, not the 1 GByte of a USB memory stick.

    Those would alleviate the moving-motor-and-platter failure concerns.
    I know of a few places selling 25 and 50GB sticks...not sure of any 100's yet...

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    I found out that there are some flash drives that aren't Vista compatible... I won't use Vista on my computer as the OS SUCKS to a nuclear level...but there is another computer here that has it... As soon as the Win2000Pro updates are no longer available...it's back to Linux...

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Ludwig View Post
    I know of a few places selling 25 and 50GB sticks...not sure of any 100's yet...
    http://news.digitaltrends.com/article12556.html

    They're on the way, but as always, initial offerings will be expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Die Radio Die View Post
    It's been so long since I've ripped/compressed that I'm out of the loop as far as who makes the best software for either. Any suggestions?

    A couple years ago I was using DVD Decrypter and DVD Shrink. Are these two programs even still around?
    usually i use dvd shrink but sometimes it cant rip heavily copywrite protected dvds so i use ripir4me in that case, which uses dvd decrypter & dvd shrink

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeaderFan View Post
    I have been buying the Western Digital MyBook Premium drives at Costco and have been happy with them. I think they were $169 for 500MB. They also have a Terrabyte model now.
    I looked at the Western Digital 1 Terrabyte model yesterday at Costco and it looks pretty awsome. It actually has two 500MB drives in it with a RAID controller built in. So you can set up a RAID for speed or mirroring. It also has the faster Firewire 800 interface. This thing could be pretty kick-ass for video projects.

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