We've always been a bit behind with storage space on our home computers, partly because we're cheap but also because we usually hang on to them for so long that they're nearly obsolete when we finally upgrade. When we bought this computer with its massive 80 Gb hard disk a few years ago, I took the old 8 Gb hard disk out of my dead 2000 Dell computer and used it as a backup hard disk. That worked well until I started scanning all sorts of old documents and negatives and 8 Gb simply became too small for requirements. I've done a few full backups onto CD but that takes ages and is frankly quite tedious.
So today, in retaliation at The Handbrake's blatant demonstration of extravagance in replacing her 30 year old sewing machine, I decided to get us a new hard disk for backup storage, all 250 Gb of it. It took an eternity to format it but we now have oodles of storage space. Time to get scanning.
I nearly fell over when I was told the price, $115 (I was mentally prepared for about twice that). Not that long ago a box of 10 1.2Mb floppies (5.25") cost that much. How times change.