Skip to comments.WD® LAUNCHES INDUSTRY'S FIRST 2 TB HARD DRIVES
Posted on 01/27/2009 7:29:28 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Jan. 27, 2009 - WD (NYSE: WDC) 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 32 MB cache, producing drives with capacities of up to 2 TB.
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Now I know why the Seagate 1.5 Terabyte drive is going for $129 at Newegg and Fry's.
I’m sure I’ll be investing in one of those soon. :D
The 1TB WD Caviar Green model I have has been pretty stable but it does get hot. I’ll wait until they get under $100 like when I bought mine. Probably in the summer.
That can hold a lot of... music.
Those hard drives keep getting bigger and I keep filling them up... LOL...
Not to mention....porn.
Ooh ahhhh. Now if only DVR manufacturers would actually put these big drives on them instead of, IMO, their pathetic current offerings. I would actually bother to purchase one.
It’s a dead end. Who would want really big hard drives like this? Google says the PC is dead and everyone will be keeping their data at Google.
</ not-sarcasm! Really a straight-faced innocent comment! Srsly!>
I didn’t want to say it.
I paid $119 for my FreeAgent 1TB external around Christmastime from Frys, love it. I hope they drop to around $50 so I can stock up.
Oh yeah, I forgot about that. Belay my last.
Not enough porn to fill up a TB. Oh wait.
4 or 5 of these and you could backup the whole internet to your computer.
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Here’s a really funny video from WoW:
In related news, Microsoft has announced that the new version of Windows will take 1t of disk space.
Sheesh. I just took stock of the various machines my family has attached to the home network. I came up with 2.4 TB of total storage. However, my primary backup is a 500 GB NAS that currently has about 65 GB of assorted music, family photos, homework, etc. on it. (which is backed up to a separate 250 GB drive in another machine) Going to be a while before I can justify one of those 2 TB beasts... Yet the geek in me wants one...sigh But I want a new 9mm more...
I wonder what the projected MEAN TIME BEFORE FAILURE is?
.....well sort of...but I am nervous.....
NEVER assume that it's anything more than zero!. I had a WD freeagent 500G drive that crashed in less than a month. At these prices, buy 2 or 3 drives just for backup. If the information is really important, keep a copy off-site.
Yeah. I have umpteen redundant HD’s and a flock of flash drives including a couple 8Gig.
I also have an online/net based backup subscription service.
My main beef is that none of the systems I know of . . . including Microslop’s Live One Care
backsup all the settings and desktop routinely.
How can I solve that functionally?
I’ve forgotten . . .
Most drives are the cheap ________________ variety but which break down sooner.
An ?older? format variety of drive _______________?
is more expensive but takes significantly longer to break down on average.
What is that 2nd type HD?
What do you recommend about that?
Have lots of cheap ones redundantly backed up or have one of the more expensive older types as well?
Mean time before failure has been used for around 60 years. Average time usually in hours before something fails. It is not uncommon for electronics to fail with in 90 days. Brand new equipment often has a higher failure rate than year old equipment. The item with manufacturing flaws fail quickly and the good stuffs last.
I got some data Google can have. [ insert jpg of tense forearm and hand with raised middle finger ]
Except that you didn't allow for the fact that now that 2TB drives are available, the internet is now 33% larger. ;-)
>> I got some data Google can have.
Oh, I get it. The two-handed version would be:
the WD 1 T go for 109 and 200...not sure what the difference is...maybe a different electronic package and /or testing.
So maybe double that ...would be a guess...
Masybe they are aiming at commercial sales initially.
The announcement media seems to indicate they are after the home user too...so we should hear soon.
It’s been several years since I used Ghost.
I had some very serious problems with it. Really fouled some things up and cost me dozens and dozens of man hours.
I don’t recall specifically what the problems are. It NEVER lived up to my expectations by any stretch of the imagination and really was a huge headache.
I gather you are saying it’s fine now and does the bit about saving settings and desktop?
Sounds good. But I’ve been burned sooooooooooooooooo many times sooooooooooooo outrageously by Norton, I doubt I’ll use them again in this lifetime.
The only software company I think is more destructive to sanity and welfare and wallets is Microslop.
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Availability and Pricing
The WD Caviar Green 2 TB is available at select resellers and distributors. MSRP for the WD Caviar Green 2 TB hard drives (model WD20EADS) is $299.00 USD.
A drive like this isn't used for transactional work where high rpm shines. People will use it to hold lots of big files, where platter density matters more than rpm. But you're getting close on a cheap high-rpm drive. Newegg has a 73 GB 15,000 rpm for $140. I don't think anybody makes 12,000 rpm drives though.
Interesting idea. I'll try. 3.5 TB, 3.3 TB if you don't count the networked game machines. My first purchased hard drive about 15 years ago was 340 MB, less than .02% of the size of this drive. That's what I call progress.
I'd go for the 9mm.
My first hard drive was 10 MB.
When the person that made that .gif did, did they try to get a realistic amount of the data on the internet? ‘Cuz I have a feeling it’s a little more than 23billion MB.
I like this one better but it's harder to fit it in to a thread...
I’ve had good luck with Acronis TrueImage for backing up partitions/data as images. I did just restore a partition to the wife’s laptop, and it went smoothly.
I’ve heard that Norton Ghost isn’t what it used to be, although I’ve never used it.
Once the 3 TB drives come out by summer, the 2 TB drives will be down to $150 :)
Quite true, that's why I stay away from extended warranties, if it doesn’t break out of the box it will usually last forever.
I have Acronis . . . hasn’t worked worth a flip in terms of when I needed it—says to copy to another file to open but provided me no way to do the copying and saving to another file. Most frustrating.
Thanks for the input.
Both, if you can afford it. I also remember reading about a study that found that drives that were in everyday use lasted longer than drives that were used infrequently.
Don't know about your other question about backing up your desktop settings. Perhaps saving the registry might do it, does win.ini even exist anymore?. Good luck.
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