Asus unveils terabyte laptop

Asus will unveil a laptop that should satisfy the storage needs of all but the biggest of power users: the M70S comes with 1TB of storage space. The machine, due for release at next week's Consumer Electronics Show, is targeted at the fast-expanding multimedia sector of the laptop market and packs dual 500GB drives from Hitachi, expected to be announced later Thursday. The drives can be organized in a RAID 0 configuration, where data is distributed between the two drives to provide a performance boost on a single drive, or as RAID 1, where data is mirrored on each drive to provide redundancy in case of drive failure. In the latter case the storage space visible to the user drops to 500GB.

The Asus M70 comes optionally equipped to make use of the extra storage space with a digital/analog TV tuner and video recording capability. An optional remote control is also available. The explosion in digital video is one of the main reasons why consumers are increasingly demanding as much storage space on their laptops as on desktop computers.

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1 TB of storage spanned against 2 drives is a baaaaad idea. if one hard drive fails. boom, u lost 1 TB of data. otherwise, if you have raid 1 setup, one drive fails, ur still good to go. very nice. never thought laptops would be capable of raid 1. awesome.

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1 TB of storage spanned against 2 drives is a baaaaad idea. if one hard drive fails. boom, u lost 1 TB of data. otherwise, if you have raid 1 setup, one drive fails, ur still good to go. very nice. never thought laptops would be capable of raid 1. awesome.

Agreed. While the prospect of 1TB and faster I/O (RAID 0) is mouthwatering, give me a slower smaller disk with peace of mind any day. Who knows where this'll end? With the growing capacity of solid-state drives, soon it might be realistic to have a laptop with 3 SSDs in RAID 5 (so you get the twin speed-boost of SSD tech and striping AND disk failover).

...Mind you, I've always been stopped (by lack of money mainly) from buying laptops with the biggest drives, so I've always looked for external storage solutions and tend to think of the laptop as a clearing-house for whatever the 'true' storage location is. With NAS/home server solutions and internet access becoming more widespread, the necessity to carry terabytes of data around with you seems to be diminishing all the time.