I bought a Seagate 160 Gigabytes Barracuda ATA 7200 RPM hard drive for $116 yesterday. The original price was $150 but an instance rebate brought the price down tremendously. The end price should hover around $60 after a mail in rebate that I plan to send out later this week.

160GB for $60 is a bargain I tell you. That is about 60% discount and price per space ratio is less than 30 cent per gig. Usually, the ratio would be more than a dollar per gig.

Despite the excitement of finding a great bargain with a help of a friend, I think I will encounter a possible problem.

On the manual, it says somewhere that my BIOS and OS need to support 48-bit addressing if I want to use more than 137GB. After spending some time on the net researching, I found out that it is related to Bill Gates’ infamous “640K ought to be enough for anybody”.

640K. Yeah. Right.

Anyway, what I do know is that this addressing stuff seems to put a limit on the volume of space that can be made available to the system regardless the physical size of the hard drive. I wonder why do that want to limit it anyway?

I am not sure whether my current system supports 48-bit or 24-bit addressing and I have no idea how to find it out. I honestly however, have not really made a thorough search on the internet about this addressing stuff. Any l33+ out there? Help this poor n00b out will ya?

But man, I did not even use all of my old 40 GB hard drive and now, with this new 160 GB hard drive, I don’t know what I want to do.

200 GB definately sounds like great way to piss RIAA. 200 gigs dude. 200 gigs. Dude, this is better picking my nose, that’s for sure.

Maybe I should start uploading part of myself into my hard drive. Yeah, I’ll do just that!

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