You keep copying your archival backups from years ago? Hope it's encrypted.
Can I just load a station wagon full of LTO tapes and keep driving it around the country? Can't beat the bandwidth.
70G is less space than I have on my phone.
A 70G tape seems silly in an age of cheap 64G thumb drives.
With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that's just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed
March 28, 2011
Now backup that dataset weekly for two months, tape wins easily. Even without the need for archives a minimal useful backup strategy favors tape.
> For $150 you can get a SSD with plenty of space for the vast majority of desktop roles,
A $150 SSD will only be good enough for a machine you are using like a terminal. Anything beyond that and you will need more space.
I want more storage in my PHONE than that.
Exactly. RAID prevents a drive failure from being an immediate data loss.
Plus, RAID allows me to keep all of my bulk storage online while I am replacing a drive. That portion of my data hoard is not completely unavailable to me while I am copying data to the replacement drive.
Of course you want at least 2 copies of your data.
This is where the relative cheapness of HDD wins the day. You don't just need 1x of what you think you need but at least 2x.
Yes. Take that large number associated with SSD tech and DOUBLE it.
It's not disingenuous at all. It merely demonstrates the primary problem here, namely the price gap. Larger SSD drives are low capacity and expensive. They are priced outside the range of most consumers while also being inferior in terms of bulk storage. A larger SSD is less able to justify it's price premium than a larger HDD.
Even if SSD prices get less ridiculous, chances are that HDD prices/capacity will keep pace and continue to keep HDDs relevant.
OK and Texas: two states with lots of open land that is cheap.
Most of the other 48 states: not so much.
The cost calculations don't seem to include the cost of the sprawling real estate needed, plus the ongoing property taxes on that landmass. And SOMEONE is going to pay property tax: either the energy company, or all the long-suffering middle class folks with the 3 bedroom houses on 1/2 acre plots because the power plant got a nice subsidy from the crony capitalists.