A few minutes ago I unboxed a new LaCie external hard disk. A sweet 1 tera-byte monster of USB 2.0 storage, for a mere $169 Canuck bucks. I picked it up at Future Shop on Yonge Street in Toronto Wednesday night. It’s the companion to my new Bell TV 9241 PVR, with the USB 2.0 expansion port out the back. It turns out that my old Bell TV 9200 unit with 200M of storage just wasn’t enough in today’s high definition world. Me and the missus were constantly erasing each other’s shows (by accident… HONEST!). The only solution was to expand.
As geeky as I am, I do not usually wax eloquent over purely utilitarian items like expansion hard disks. But somehow this one, with its minimalist glossy black finish, evokes a reaction. At 4.6 x 7.6 x 1.8 inches, the LaCie is tiny, silent and pretty. How about that blue LED access light mounted on the under side of the enclosure? It’s like a neon underbody kit for some high schooler’s hot rod.
Attaching it to the PVR was effortless. Plug it in, visit the setup menu and format, wait a while (it takes a while to format a terabyte of storage), and reboot. Et voila, what had been a PVR capable of storing 30 hours of HD programming has now acquired a whopping 133 additional hours of storage.
For comparison, I give you the first hard disk I ever purchased – in 1985. The size of a shoebox, and probably weighing in at over 10 lbs, the Atari SH204 provided a whopping 20M of storage, and sounded like a small airplane engine as it powered up. We’ve come a long way.