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    Samsung 2TB SSD: when?

    Thanks reader50, I was aware of that and it's tempting as it doubles the space (presently have a 1TB Samsung EVO SSD in there). However it means slowing down the laptop boot time significantly so that's the main tradeoff I guess. Another one (admittedly a lame one) is the slam factor: with the SSD, I can slam the running laptop casually onto the table when entering meeting rooms, always causing a few amusing "WTF?!" stares. With a spindle in there, despite them being equipped with gravity sensors/drop protection, I'd be scared doing the same thing And Brian, yes let's hope the increasing median size for SSD's combined with the drop in per gig cost will spur some vendors into cramming more silicon into the 2.5" cases they sell to ensure the top end of their SSD product range remains profitable enough. I'm hoping that Sandisk will add a SATA interface onto that 4TB 2.5" SAS SSD they've announced. Should be an easy thing to do for them and up the ante for everyone else..
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    Samsung 2TB SSD: when?

    Agree JJ Johnson that there will be little demand in the consumer market. However there will be some demand - fanatics like me, similar to the people who buy the Intel enthusiast's CPUs. And yes most of my data volume is in media files (typically movies and music videos) which I don't often access. But still like to have it available for the times when I'm discussing this or that with someone, and simply would like to access it with a few clicks. Rather than having to find a spindle, attach it and wait for it to spin up, etc. by which time it has become an effort to locate the file. As you say, it's human nature to want it at your fingertips. And tough luck for the 80TB or 800TB folks; they will have to wait longer - but if they're fanatic enough, they could spend the money set aside for a new car on a new stack of 8TB SSD's which would then still be a lot lighter and more portable than their current SAN (or wherever they store that kind of volume of data) I'm an old fart: when I started in the IT industry in the 1980's, a 40 meg disk for our early Novell servers cost $10K (was working for a bank at the time and we had to import the things from the US for a project). We've come quite a long way since then. So I'm still hoping I'll see the day when I have a 100TB SSD in my laptop. Not sure what I'd fill it with, but then, back in 1987 I could not have imagined what to do with 1 gig of disk space, let alone 1TB...
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    Samsung 2TB SSD: when?

    Ah and just noticed Intel is coming out with a 1.6 TB 2.5" form factor SSD in the S3500 range (and also a 1.2 TB one). It's not where I want it to be, but it's a start.
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    Samsung 2TB SSD: when?

    To those saying we don't need the big SSDs: I'm looking for a 4-8 TB SSD for my laptop. Dreaming mostly of course, although as Brian mentions there's a 4TB Sandisk in the works - however that's got an SAS interface so can't quite fit it into the laptop at this stage. Why might I want such a big SSD as a (tech) consumer? The reason is I've got about 6TB of data (files, music, movies, and what not) and want to have it all on the same fast and light weight disk. Right now I have it split across various spindles (mostly 1 and 2 TB WD portable drives), everything doubled because they tend to fail fairly regularly. SSDs are lighter, and less prone to failure. Some people spend $50K or more on a car and use it half an hour a day, and trade it in three years later for another one after it has lost half its value. I use my laptop 8-12 hours a day, every day. So I don't care what I spend on hardware, as long as it's useful. I know 8 TB is probably not possible to fit into the 2.5" form factor right now, but 4-6 TB should be possible. If I then have to spend $5K or more on an SSD I'd happily do that. And I'm sure there's others out there with the same mindset. Some would say this is crazy. But why does Intel make enthusiast CPU's with the highest clock speeds and premium pricing? Because there's a demand. It may not be big, but I'm sure there's similar demand for high-end SSDs for laptops. And there's no need to re-invent the wheel. The technology is all out there. It's mostly a matter of cramming the silicon into the case and attaching the price tag. I'm happy to pay for it, because it will make my data load a lot lighter. I have a two kg pile of spindles right now: heavy and fragile; I'd rather have a single SSD - plus maybe one for backup: weighing next to nothing and speeding up my data like there's no tomorrow :-)