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Data Storage: Two Terabytes of Data Too Much?

It’s hard to believe in 2012 that two terabytes of data storage is too much for anyone to handle, especially a government agency. But according to, the DEA is no longer pursuing extradition for drug charges against a doctor because it doesn’t want to bear the cost of storing that amount of case evidence. It should be noted that two terabyte hard drive is available for around $100, and affordable, long term cloud storage is available that provides complete backup protection. Heck, with Nextpoint you could import, process, store and/or review 2 TB of data without (presumably) making a dent in the DEA’s litigation budget.

Data Overload?

The article speculates that the DEA cried hardship as a way to drop a case that had a low probability of success. The agency and police in Iowa have dismantled two illegal Internet pharmacies, but have been waiting in vain to extradite a suspect who had fled to Panama. In the meantime, the agency had to hold on to two terabytes of data. “Continued storage of these materials is difficult and expensive,” says Stephanie Rose, the U.S. attorney for northern Iowa, calling it, “an economic and practical hardship.”

The DEA says it knows exactly where the doctor is, but since Panama does not extradite citizens, there is little chance they would ever be able to capture the fugitive doctor. It’s unclear if the DEA’s IT department is taking the fall so the agency can drop the case, or if it really doesn’t have the data storage capacity for two terabytes of data. But in this age, be suspicious if anyone claims data storage is a burden.


Jason Krause

Jason Krause is a veteran of the legal technology industry with more than a dozen years of experience as a journalist covering eDiscovery. Prior to joining Nextpoint’s marketing department, Jason was a writer and reporter for the American Bar Association’s ABA Journal, where he was one of the first to recognize and report on the impact exploding volumes of evidence is having on litigation. He has also covered the industry as a freelance writer and independent marketing consultant for publications such as Law Technology News. Connect with Jason on Google Plus.

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