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WD Delivers USB 3.0 and 3 TB with its New External Hard Drive Product Lines

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WD, the world's leader in external storage solutions, today introduced its new My Passport Essential portable hard drive (photo), My Passport Essential SE portable hard drive (photo), and My Book Essential external hard drive (photo). All three drive families come in a variety of capacities and offer lightning-fast USB 3.0 connectivity. Highest industry capacity is another key feature for the My Book Essential drive, which is now available in 3 TB capacity, in addition to 1 and 2 TB capacities. Equipped with WD SmartWare visual backup software for automatic, continuous backup, these drives provide users the extra space they need to store or back up all of their digital memories, such as high-resolution photos and videos, along with music and other critical files, all in one place.

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i wonder when the 2TB Black Sata 6 Internal is finally going to leave japan already. They've had it since.... i dunno months ago. Its not even on the website. Maybe they are still having troubles.
 
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According to The Register this is a 4-platter drive, meaning 750 GB/platter. :)

From the press release the following can be found at the bottom: "The My Book 3 TB external hard drives uses a WD Caviar® GreenTM hard drive. Component versions of this drive will be available in distribution shortly."

Let's get some price wars going! :rockout:
 
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i wonder when the 2TB Black Sata 6 Internal is finally going to leave japan already. They've had it since.... i dunno months ago. Its not even on the website. Maybe they are still having troubles.
Who cares. It will not improve throughput enough to matter. For mechanical HDD's it servers no purpose other than a pretty label on the box.

I want the 3 TB HDD to be released for sale as a bare drive.
 
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i can almost see the grimacing face of the proud owner of a dead 3Tb HDD, i won't feel for him though......
 
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i can almost see the grimacing face of the proud owner of a dead 3Tb HDD, i won't feel for him though......
Thats why smart people buy 2 so that they can have a spare copy. I use my second drive for an automated delayed backup (Non-Raid Mirror). I will probably upgrade to x2 3TB drives at some point replacing the current x2 2TB drives I have in the setup.
 
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At least it's a 4 platter design - should be more reliable than the 5 platter designs. Less moving parts and less read/write heads...
 

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lets hope these are actually decent drives in them, last WD greens i used were slow as crap - as low as 35MB/s write and 60MB/s read, and the outer edges of the disks.

(thats real world usage, not synthetic tests)
 

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lets hope these are actually decent drives in them, last WD greens i used were slow as crap - as low as 35MB/s write and 60MB/s read, and the outer edges of the disks.

(thats real world usage, not synthetic tests)
I prefer the Samsung low power/low speed drives, personally. My 1.5TB F2's see over 80MB/s across my network on a regular basis.

Still, 3TB in a single drive? I only have 5 ports to use for storage in my server at the moment. I could have either 15TB of JBOD, or a nice 12TB of RAID5. DROOOOOLLLLLLLL.
 

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His point is, why do you care?

2TB SATA 6Gb/s drives do not perform any better than the 2TB SATA 3Gb/s drives. You are paying extra for no benefit whatsoever. The 2TB drives can't even max out the 3Gb/s interface, let alone the newer 6Gb interface.

Total waste of money on a platter type hard drive. Only SSDs are able to be fast enough to benefit from the 6Gb/s interface.