Buy a Hard Drive Each Year
Opinion: Hardware is cheap, but your data is priceless. ExtremeTech's Loyd Case lays out the argument for buying a new hard drive every year.Not long ago, I wrote a piece about ATA RAID ("RAID Goes Mainstream"), where I discussed some of my experiences with Intels recent release of ICH5R. I also outlined a few tips as to how to set up motherboard-down RAID. That spawned a very interesting discussion about
But this isnt about backup strategies. Its about the commoditization of PC hardware components.
That headline above seems odd in todays environment. As weve seen, you can build a killer PC for $1200, and a pretty damned good one for $800 -- including monitor. It was only a couple of years ago, though, that you needed to spend close to $2,000 to buy or build a high performance PC. Sub $1,000 systems existed, but their performance in demanding multimedia and game applications were seriously lacking.