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

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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.




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Nice, WD is where it's at.
 

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I wish it wasn't 5400RPM...
 
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I wish it wasn't 5400RPM...
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.
 

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Where does it say that?
Read any of the reviews on the GP series, that is how they "save power", they only spin at 5400RPM. It was the only way WD could figure out how to get the platters so dense. It is easier to make higher capacity drives if they are running slower, that is why all the high capacity laptop drives are 5400RPM also. The only saving grace is that the areal density is so high, they at least perform decently, but I would take a real 7200RPM drive over this anyday. But for most storage tasks, the speed isn't really an issue.

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.
Few people are going to have anything more than one drive in their machine, especially at this price and size. So speed is an issue.
 

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Few people are going to have anything more than one drive in their machine, especially at this price and size. So speed is an issue.
I highly doubt average Joe with his single drive will buy this. They'll just buy a cheap 500GB-1TB drive for <$100. Many of these drives will end up in arrays once the price drops, same happens with 1.5TB drives, people tend to buy them for storage arrays.
 
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These are "Green" drives and see them more aimed at the corporate market. Where speed isnt as great of an issue.
 

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I highly doubt average Joe with his single drive will buy this. They'll just buy a cheap 500GB-1TB drive for <$100. Many of these drives will end up in arrays once the price drops, same happens with 1.5TB drives, people tend to buy them for storage arrays.
The 2TB drives, maybe that is more true, but the rest of the Green line, like the 1TB model not so much. Though I wouldn't put it past the average joe to just buy a single big drive like this really, even the 2TB model.

These are "Green" drives and see them more aimed at the corporate market. Where speed isnt as great of an issue.
These definitely aren't Corporate drives, and speed usually is an issue in the corporate setting, though RAID is usually implemented in the Corporate world. These in RAID wouldn't have speed issue. As it is, these don't have a huge speed hit from being 5400RPM, but I still wish they were 7200RPM instead.
 
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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.
I agree, for the same price I could get 2 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 drives. Though if this brings the price of lower capacity drives down it's ok with me :p
 
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It is easier to make higher capacity drives if they are running slower, that is why all the high capacity laptop drives are 5400RPM also.
Ugh, that's simply not true. Spindle speed and platter density are orthogonal parameters, and I can't figure out an example that could support such a strange claim. The second-biggest drive now, the 1,5 TB Barracuda 7200.11 is running comfortably at 7200RPM, without Seagate having to release a 5400RPM "trial" drive. There are 500GB laptop drives spinning at 7200RPM, too - and this is the highest capacity I've seen for a 2,5" drive so far. Of course, it is true in general that lower speeds are easier to manage, but this hasn't prevented manufacturers to release high capcity drives with high spindle speeds so far. It won't be too long until WD releases a Black edition of the drive, I guess the reasons for releasing a Green drive first are not purely technical.
 

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I would probably go for 2 x 1.5TB Seagates, but I hate Seagates, so I guess I would pick this, even though 5400rpm would only be good for storage (if the price goes down, I will get it to have alot of storage!)
 

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I need to grab a couple of these for my NAS...
 
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I wish it wasn't 5400RPM...
Read any of the reviews on the GP series, that is how they "save power", they only spin at 5400RPM. It was the only way WD could figure out how to get the platters so dense. It is easier to make higher capacity drives if they are running slower, that is why all the high capacity laptop drives are 5400RPM also. The only saving grace is that the areal density is so high, they at least perform decently, but I would take a real 7200RPM drive over this anyday. But for most storage tasks, the speed isn't really an issue.
If it's anything like other Caviar Greens it's NOT 5400rpm. It runs at something between 5400rpm and 7200rpm. Anyway just look at the reviews of other Greens they are as fast as any other HDD and faster than the high density (>1TB) Barracudas most of the times, sometimes even the Spinpoint F1 and it's even close to the Raptors, so I don't see why conplain about the rpms when the drive is faster than most other big HDDs.

Example: http://techreport.com/articles.x/15769/9 - I/O benchmark where the lack of rpms should be more noticeable. Faster than many 7200rpm drives, END OF STORY.


And BTW it runs at something close to 5400rpm to save power, NOT because it's the only way they can achieve higher densities.

I guess the reasons for releasing a Green drive first are not purely technical.
There where rumors that WD might only create Caviar Greens in the future, because are better for the environment and not worse in any aspect than other HDDs, so why not? It might not be that they have released the Green one first, maybe there will not be more, except Velociraptors of course.
 
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If it's anything like other Caviar Greens it's NOT 5400rpm. It runs at something between 5400rpm and 7200rpm. Anyway just look at the reviews of other Greens they are as fast as any other HDD and faster than the high density (>1TB) Barracudas most of the times, sometimes even the Spinpoint F1 and it's even close to the Raptors, so I don't see why conplain about the rpms when the drive is faster than most other big HDDs.

Example: http://techreport.com/articles.x/15769/9 - I/O benchmark where the lack of rpms should be more noticeable. Faster than many 7200rpm drives, END OF STORY.
I know FUD isn't the best source for credible infos (lol) but they seem to confirm our guess. Link
 
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I have long awaited the 2Tb era. Now that is here i cannot ignore it. Maybe Green isnt exactly my colour but for storage purpose 5,400 - 7,200 rpm is fine for me. Actually it should be fine for anyone that plans to utilize the 2Tb for its intended purpose ( Storage ).

Now awaiting the price drop and a Black edition and consider my systems upgraded!
( Can never have enough space )

Oh i forgot . . . For all my little biatches complaining about the speed, please dont forget that there are also products out there that address your issue. Im not talking about a shotgun to your head, im talking about the not so long life SSD's.
 

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What's the point of this when Segate have a 2TB 7K-RPM drive?
 
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weird, where are the seagate ones ???
 
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What's the point of this when Segate have a 2TB 7K-RPM drive?
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.
 
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The average joe wouldn't notice the speed difference anyways. That's for us tech-headed bench junkies.:laugh:
 

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Wouldnt want to be around when some ones 2tb drive fails and thjey lose all there data haha, thats a lot of data.