[mythtv-users] OT: 160GB Western Digital, $30 after rebates

Mark Knecht markknecht at gmail.com
Fri Jun 3 20:29:42 UTC 2005

On 6/3/05, Brad Templeton <brad+myth at templetons.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 03, 2005 at 12:36:16PM -0400, Michael T. Dean wrote:
> > Jeff Simpson wrote:
> >
> > >I know not everyone likes the idea of rebates, but here's a 160GB WD
> > >drive for $30 for those that do. It's only available for pick-up from
> > >CompUSA stores, so check their site for availability at your local
> > >store first.
> > >
> > >http://www.compusa.com/products/product_info.asp?&ref=cj&pfp=cj&product_code=298017
> > >
> > >
> > That's hilarious.  I bought the exact same drive from CompUSA for the
> > same $30 after rebate on Sunday.  The only difference was that it was
> > delivery only (so I had to spend $20 more to get the $0.01 shipping).
> Great price, but these days you start running into limits on how many
> drives you can put in a system, due to bays, IDE controllers and power.
> (Though you can buy external usb boxes for more than the post-rebate cost
> of this drive.)
> I've thus come to the conclusion that I can't afford a drive as small as
> 160gb, even if it's effectively free like this one!  That's a 21st
> century moment.
> Perhaps somebody should make a low priced external USB case that holds
> 4 EIDE drives on usb-2, just for video arrays.  With video arrays you
> really don't care a lot about the bandwidth limitations that would
> give you, a video stream only needs about 20 megabits for ordinary play
> and record, though more for commercial scan/transcode of course.  Right
> now such cases would cost a fair bit more than this drive.

All of my storage on both back end systems is now on external 1394
hard drives. Gets rid of this problem and allows me to hide the drive
for more quiet operation...

- Mark

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