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Prices Of 1TB Hard Disk Drives Reach 4p Per GB

The average price of super large capacity hard disk drives is rapidly plummeting as we noticed this morning that the cost of 1TB hard disks had slipped under £40 price barrier, in other words, £1 now buys you 25GB worth of space.

Play is selling an external Verbatim 1TB hard disk (opens in new tab) drive for £40 while online retailer Aria (opens in new tab) has an internal Samsung Ecogreen G2 drive for £29.99 excluding VAT and delivery.

That's roughly, half the price of Blu-ray read-only storage and almost on par with the cost of DVD storage. Arguably, capacities quoted are unformatted and backing up a whole hard disk is proving to be more and more problematic.

Still, the prospect of replacing a whole stack of DVD or blu-ray disks with one single hard disk drive is tantalising especially as it is economically now viable, has the added benefit of being rewritable and eliminates the need of any physical media.

Both devices listed above are in no way the best of their categories but then they both come with two year warranty and the Verbatim model runs at 7200rpm plus Nero's Back It Up Essentials application.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.