Tuesday, January 27th 2009

WD Officially Launches Industry's First 2 TB 3.5-inch Hard Drive

WD today announced the first 2 terabyte (TB) hard drive - the world's highest capacity drive and the latest addition to WD's popular, environmentally friendly, cool and quiet, WD Caviar Green hard drive family. This new 3.5-inch platform is based on WD's industry-leading 500 GB/platter technology (with 400 Gb/in2 areal density) with 32MB cache, producing drives with capacities of up to 2TB.

"While some in the industry wondered if the end consumer would buy a 1TB drive, already some 10 percent of 3.5-inch hard drive sales are at the 1TB level or higher, serving demand from video applications and expanding consumer media libraries," said Mark Geenen, President of Trend Focus. "The 2TB hard drives will continue to satisfy end user's insatiable desire to store more data on ever larger hard drives."

WD Caviar Green is one of the most successful product lines in the company's recent history with its third-generation GreenPower technology, now providing 2TB of proven reliable storage for today's high-resolution files and graphics. WD Caviar Green drives are designed for use in USB/FireWire/eSATA external hard drives, desktop computers, workstations, and desktop RAID environments.

"Saving power without sacrificing storage capacity is what consumers want, and what many businesses are requiring today. With the launch of the new WD Caviar Green 2TB hard drive, customers receive the additional capacities needed to operate today's highly advanced programs and high-resolution digital files while using less power than typical drives with similar performance and capacities," said Jim Morris, WD senior vice president and general manager of client systems.

Rock Solid Mechanical Architecture, Cool, Quiet Hard Drives
A number of advanced technologies enable the speed, capacity and performance of WD's Caviar Green 1.5TB and 2TB hard drives. Those include: StableTrac, which secures the motor shaft at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking during read and write operations1; IntelliPower, which fine-tunes the balance of spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance; IntelliSeek, which calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise, and vibration; and NoTouch ramp load technology, which is designed to ensure the recording head never touches the disk media resulting in significantly less wear to the recording head and media, as well as better drive protection while in transit.

Availability and Pricing
The WD Caviar Green 2 TB is available at select resellers and distributors. MSRP for the WD Caviar Green 2TB hard drives (model WD20EADS) is $299.00 USD. More information about WD Caviar Green desktop drives may be found on the company's Web site at http://wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=576.Source: WesternDigital
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38 Comments on WD Officially Launches Industry's First 2 TB 3.5-inch Hard Drive

#1
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
REVHEAD said:
Wouldnt want to be around when some ones 2tb drive fails and thjey lose all there data haha, thats a lot of data.
Thats what backups and RAID arrays are for. Personally, with this much data, I wouldn't even think about running the drive solo.

aj28 said:
LIES! Besides, they need to work out the firmware issues with their 1.5TB drives first... Even at this price, if I needed that kind of density, I'd pick up a WD over a Seagate any day.
The firmware issue has been worked out.
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#2
PP Mguire
DanTheBanjoman said:
Why? These drives are great for storage, few people require a lot of high speed storage. Higher speed than offered here anyway. Get some Raptor, SSD, or whatever for Windows, use these disks for storage.

I'd say they're too expensive though, compared to the 1.5TB disks, however they're new so will drop in price soon enough.
Try hitting a 5400RPM drive with multiple connections at a LAN Party. When its being hit up for large movies on a gigabit connection it tends to slow things way down. I learned the hard way not to buy 5400RPM drives for storage if im to use them in a "server" for LANs.
And installing games from images off a 5400RPM hard drive is noticeably slow too.
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#3
thoughtdisorder
Very nice, but not until the price drops would I consider this. Dollar for dollar the 1.5 TB still gets my vote. Regarding speed, at 5400 rpm that should be acceptable for storing media files,etc. as a back up. :)
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#4
xfire
REVHEAD said:
Wouldnt want to be around when some ones 2tb drive fails and thjey lose all there pron haha, thats a lot of pron.
Typo corrected,you shouldn't be making such typo's:shadedshu
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#5
hat
Enthusiast
I might get two for RAID1 if I was a huge pirate lord. I might get a whole bunch if I needed a colossal amount of space, like a mainframe or something. Outside of that I don't see to much use for that.
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#6
hat
Enthusiast
xfire said:
Typo corrected,you shouldn't be making such typo's:shadedshu
Does that really contribute to the topic?
How can someone actually have 2TB of porn in the first place? That's like 80 blu-ray rips, and that's assuming they used the full 25GB of the disc when they made it...
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#7
xfire
hat said:
Does that really contribute to the topic?
How can someone actually have 2TB of porn in the first place? That's like 80 blu-ray rips, and that's assuming they used the full 25GB of the disc when they made it...
Oh! come on its just a joke. Remember that one of the CEO's said "Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn."
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#8
DonInKansas
hat said:
I might get a whole bunch if I needed a colossal amount of space, like a mainframe or something. Outside of that I don't see to much use for that.
People said the same thing when 1 GB HDDS came out back in the 5 1/4" floppy days.:roll::roll:
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#9
REVHEAD
xfire said:
Typo corrected,you shouldn't be making such typo's:shadedshu
Thanx for the corrections xfire :laugh:
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#10
xfire
REVHEAD said:
Thanx for the corrections xfire :laugh:
No problem.;)
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