Google Shared Storage

“Google now offers a way to purchase more storage space to use with some Google services (currently Gmail and Picasa Web Albums). This extra storage acts as overflow when you run out of free storage space in either service. If you’ve filled your free storage (2.8 GB and counting for Gmail or 1 GB for Picasa Web Albums), you’ll automatically use your purchased space to store more pictures and messages up to your new storage limit.”

So Google has begun charging for storage in its services. That surprises me since I figured that Google would just continue to give you more and more storage for free like they have been since they launched it. The pricing is pretty good starting at $20 per year for an extra 6GB of storage.

I won’t be purchasing it however because I am only using 5% of my Gmail storage and I’m not even using Picasa so it wouldn’t be worth it for me. But if you are tight on storage space you can go purchase more storage at the link below.

Purchase Storage

1 Terabyte HDD for Dell and Alienware

Dell and Alienware will be the first to sell 1 terabyte hard drives. The drives are made by Hitachi and will soon make their way into Dell and Alienware computers. After a 2 or 3 week period of Dell/Alienware exclusiveness they will hit retail markets.

The drives are putting 200GB on each platter for a 5 platter design. Seagate did say that they would be shipping a 1 terabyte hard drive in the first quarter of this year with 250GB per platter but that got pushed to the second quarter of this year.

I don’t think I will buy one of these hard drives for a while, I don’t quite trust the high density platters yet. After hearing that the drives have to basically fix and recover data all the time I’m not sure if I trust them yet. The biggest hard drive I own is only 160GB and I think it will stay that way for a while, I don’t want to make any crazy outlandish statements like “no one will ever need more than a terabyte of storage” but I’m not sure if the average Joe will need this for a little while, we all are dealing with more and more video on a daily basis but I don’t think that its getting to the point where my mom will need something like this, at least not for a while.

[via Anandtech]

SD to 2.5″ Solid State Disk, DIY Kit

Want to get your hands on one of those new fancy SSD but have a DIY side? well now you can buy yourself 2 or 4 SD cards and this SSD kit and you can have yourself your very own Solid State Disk. With a full capacity of 4 2GB SD cards you can have yourself 8GB of storage.

I have found though that if you can live without building the thing yourself with your own SD cards you can buy yourself a 16GB version for about the same price.

25GB of Free Online Storage

Everyone wants free storage. Its free and its storage and storage is great. MediaMax is giving away 25GB of free online storage for anything you want to put on it. I haven’t had a chance to sign up because I’ve been busy with Vista but I’ve read a bit about it and it sounds great.

The greatest thing is that there is a 1GB limit of data transfer which is usually around 100MB with other services. Check out the service here.