Seagate is winning the storage wars. Today it shipped its first 8 terabyte external hard drives to earlybird customers. It's the largest total anybody has ever crammed onto a 3.5-inch drive, , double the 4 TB that had been the record up until last year.
Later in the year the 8 TB drive will go on the open market, probably for a few hundred dollars apiece. But let's be real: If you're going to buy one of these things, you should buy at least two.
Earlier today I mentioned the Seagate to someone in the office who's the kind of guy who's got every episode of every great show stashed on a drive somewhere—you know, in case the world ends but the power stays on. He's got two 3 TB drives and another 1.5 TB drive full of data, all of which would fit on the remarkable helium-free Seagate.
But holy crap is that a lot of data to lose if the drive should ever disappear or fail. So, at the very least, you need a second 8 TB drive to back up what's on your first one. What else are you gonna do, rent 8 TB of space on the cloud?
Secondly, fanboys abhor a vacuum. If you have that much storage space, you going to want to fill it up with stuff. And then you're a digital hoarder. And then you need another drive, and another drive to serve as that drive's backup. It's Seagates all the way down.