Price Guide, July 2006: Storage

by Haider Farhan on 7/17/2006 4:30 AM EST


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  • beoba - Monday, July 17, 2006 - link

    It'd be nice if, for the hard drive pages, there were a scatter plot showing capacity/price values across all drives and capacities, such that one could see trends in pricing across the different capacity tiers. (In other words: visually determine if, say, it were more economical to get a 300gb instead of a 250gb in a given month) Reply
  • Crassus - Monday, July 17, 2006 - link

    Are there any SATA-attached optical drives out on the market or is everything still PATA?

    Seems that more and more motherboard makers drop the number of available PATA connectors while adding tons of SATA ones.
  • rrcn - Monday, July 17, 2006 - link

    There are only two optical drives that I know of which use a SATA interface: both from Plextor -- the PX-716SA/SW and the PX-755SA. I wasn't aware they weren't in the RTPE, but I'll get them added as soon as possible. If I can find any others, I'll also have those added as well.

    --Haider Farhan
  • CrystalBay - Monday, July 17, 2006 - link

    I think it would be useful to add external storage and external optical storage as well... Reply
  • rrcn - Monday, July 17, 2006 - link

    We've never had a request for external storage devices, but if we receive more feedback regarding this, we'll see about getting external storage components at least added into the RTPE. Also, we try to mainly cover the basics in every one of our price guides because really, we can go on forever covering every single component out there. I cannot make any promises, but I'll pass your suggestion along and see what can be done. :-)

    --Haider Farhan
  • Whohangs - Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - link

    I would like to see external storage components on the list also. Reply
  • gofor55 - Monday, July 17, 2006 - link

    Any chance you can include notebook hard drives in this guide next time? Reply
  • rrcn - Monday, July 17, 2006 - link

    As soon as they're added into the RTPE, we'll gladly do so.

    I probably should have noted that in the guide before it went live, but I have gone ahead and done so now.

    --Haider Farhan
  • Calin - Monday, July 17, 2006 - link

    Not all DVD drives are created equal - by example, the Teac drives can not write DVD-RAM, while the LG ones can. While this is probably no show stopper for anybody, it might be nice to know beforehand Reply
  • JarredWalton - Monday, July 17, 2006 - link

    Having never used DVD-RAM, I figure anyone that needs it for whatever purpose is well aware of the fact. I use relatively inexpensive DVDRs and burn stuff at 8X rather than 16X (just to be safe), and I've used quite a few DVDR drives without problems. I think we've reached the point where it's a lot like CDR support - maybe a few people still worry about that, but for me any CDR capable DVDR drive is sufficient for my needs. Anyway, there are about 5 (or more) DVDRs in the $35-$45 price range that are worth considering. Get whichever one you fancy. :) Reply
  • Calin - Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - link

    I don't remember seeing small form factor (the laptop type) DVD-RW units - and I don't know if there really is a market for those.
    I wanted to buy a dual layer DVD once - but it was about 20 times more expensive than the cheap single layer DVDR. Since then, the price decreased - but not enough to make them worth buying
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, July 18, 2006 - link

    Slim DVDR drives top out at 8X I think, but you can get them for around $70 or so last I checked (which was months ago - might be under $50 if you're lucky). Reply
  • segagenesis - Monday, July 17, 2006 - link

    Samsung has a sata-ii capable drive in the 400 gig range cheaper than the others...">

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