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WD LAUNCHES INDUSTRY'S FIRST 2 TB HARD DRIVES
Western Digital ^ | WD

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at westerndigital.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: hitech; storage
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1 posted on 01/27/2009 7:29:29 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: ShadowAce
fyi

Now I know why the Seagate 1.5 Terabyte drive is going for $129 at Newegg and Fry's.

2 posted on 01/27/2009 7:31:16 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’m sure I’ll be investing in one of those soon. :D


3 posted on 01/27/2009 7:32:45 PM PST by rdl6989
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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.


4 posted on 01/27/2009 7:34:40 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

That can hold a lot of... music.


5 posted on 01/27/2009 7:35:40 PM PST by wastedyears (April 21st, 2009 - International Iron Maiden Day)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Those hard drives keep getting bigger and I keep filling them up... LOL...


6 posted on 01/27/2009 7:36:48 PM PST by Star Traveler
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To: wastedyears

Not to mention....porn.


7 posted on 01/27/2009 7:37:10 PM PST by RandallFlagg (Satisfaction was my sin)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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.


8 posted on 01/27/2009 7:37:36 PM PST by aft_lizard (One animal actually eats its own brains to conserve energy, we call them liberals.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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.
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</ not-sarcasm! Really a straight-faced innocent comment! Srsly!>


9 posted on 01/27/2009 7:37:53 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Party? I don't have one anymore.)
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To: RandallFlagg

I didn’t want to say it.


10 posted on 01/27/2009 7:40:51 PM PST by wastedyears (April 21st, 2009 - International Iron Maiden Day)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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.


11 posted on 01/27/2009 7:42:25 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: RandallFlagg
Not to mention....porn.

Oh yeah, I forgot about that. Belay my last.

12 posted on 01/27/2009 7:46:09 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Party? I don't have one anymore.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Not enough porn to fill up a TB. Oh wait.


13 posted on 01/27/2009 7:48:42 PM PST by exist
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
2 Tera-byte drive doesn't impress me. The drive is 7500 rpm which is old technology. I would be impressed with a 12,000 rpm drive sold under $100.
14 posted on 01/27/2009 7:54:25 PM PST by avant_garde
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

4 or 5 of these and you could backup the whole internet to your computer.


15 posted on 01/27/2009 7:55:10 PM PST by Delta 21 ( MKC USCG - ret)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
There is no reason that, in this time of financial stress, a private citizen should horde this much storage. From this day forward, this administration will place a 50% storage tax on this sort of excessive digital storage capacity. In order to reduce the carbon footprint of these 2TB drives, 1TB will be dedicated to storing copies of "Earth in the Balance" and "The Day After Tomorrow" to be shared via The People's Net. A People's Net sharing tax will be instituted next week.

Allah Aqbahr,

President Select Barry Whosoever

16 posted on 01/27/2009 7:55:33 PM PST by Starfleet Command
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To: Starfleet Command

LOL!


17 posted on 01/27/2009 7:56:16 PM PST by wastedyears (April 21st, 2009 - International Iron Maiden Day)
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To: Nervous Tick

Hahaha

Here’s a really funny video from WoW:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHJVolaC8pw


18 posted on 01/27/2009 8:09:58 PM PST by wastedyears (April 21st, 2009 - International Iron Maiden Day)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

In related news, Microsoft has announced that the new version of Windows will take 1t of disk space.


19 posted on 01/27/2009 8:23:52 PM PST by T. P. Pole
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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...


20 posted on 01/27/2009 8:24:33 PM PST by CodeMasterPhilzar (I love my Country, but I now genuinely fear my government.)
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To: rdl6989

I wonder what the projected MEAN TIME BEFORE FAILURE is?


21 posted on 01/27/2009 8:35:53 PM PST by Quix (LEADRs SAY FRM 1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: Starfleet Command

ROFL!

.....well sort of...but I am nervous.....


22 posted on 01/27/2009 8:40:44 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Quix
> I wonder what the projected MEAN TIME BEFORE FAILURE is?

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.

23 posted on 01/27/2009 9:49:50 PM PST by ADemocratNoMore (Jeepers, Freepers, where'd 'ya get those sleepers?. Pj people, exposing old media's lies.)
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To: RandallFlagg; wastedyears

24 posted on 01/27/2009 9:58:55 PM PST by JRios1968 (Sarah Palin is what Willis was talkin' about!)
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To: ADemocratNoMore

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?


25 posted on 01/27/2009 10:00:13 PM PST by Quix (LEADRs SAY FRM 1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: ADemocratNoMore

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?


26 posted on 01/27/2009 10:02:10 PM PST by Quix (LEADRs SAY FRM 1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: ADemocratNoMore

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.


27 posted on 01/27/2009 10:12:28 PM PST by ThomasThomas ( Never mind.........it may go both ways...)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

28 posted on 01/28/2009 5:09:56 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Delta 21
you could backup the whole internet to your computer.


29 posted on 01/28/2009 7:05:05 AM PST by expat_panama
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

How much?


30 posted on 01/28/2009 7:25:52 AM PST by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Nervous Tick
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.

I got some data Google can have. [ insert jpg of tense forearm and hand with raised middle finger ]

31 posted on 01/28/2009 7:29:16 AM PST by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: expat_panama
you could backup the whole internet to your computer.

Except that you didn't allow for the fact that now that 2TB drives are available, the internet is now 33% larger. ;-)

32 posted on 01/28/2009 7:30:35 AM PST by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Still Thinking

>> I got some data Google can have.

Oh, I get it. The two-handed version would be:

o1oo oo1o


33 posted on 01/28/2009 7:42:17 AM PST by Nervous Tick (Party? I don't have one anymore.)
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To: Quix

GHOST Image: http://shop.symantecstore.com/store/symnahho/en_US/DisplayProductDetailsPage/ThemeID.106300/productID.90124600


34 posted on 01/28/2009 8:35:44 AM PST by ConservativeOrBust
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To: Still Thinking
Don't know,...Newegg doesn't have any yet it seems...just looked.

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.

35 posted on 01/28/2009 8:36:05 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Still Thinking

The announcement media seems to indicate they are after the home user too...so we should hear soon.


36 posted on 01/28/2009 8:39:25 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: ConservativeOrBust

THANKS.

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.


37 posted on 01/28/2009 8:43:28 AM PST by Quix (LEADRs SAY FRM 1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: ConservativeOrBust

I MUCH APPRECIATE

YOUR KIND REPLY, HOWEVER.


38 posted on 01/28/2009 8:44:04 AM PST by Quix (LEADRs SAY FRM 1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: Still Thinking
Found this on Yahoo ?financial news>>>>>>>>

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.

39 posted on 01/28/2009 8:45:50 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: avant_garde
2 Tera-byte drive doesn't impress me. The drive is 7500 rpm which is old technology. I would be impressed with a 12,000 rpm drive sold under $100.

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.

40 posted on 01/28/2009 9:08:05 AM PST by antiRepublicrat ("I am a firm believer that there are not two sides to every issue..." -- Arianna Huffington)
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To: CodeMasterPhilzar
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.

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.

41 posted on 01/28/2009 9:18:01 AM PST by antiRepublicrat ("I am a firm believer that there are not two sides to every issue..." -- Arianna Huffington)
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To: antiRepublicrat

My first hard drive was 10 MB.


42 posted on 01/28/2009 10:09:36 AM PST by TexasRepublic (I am inconsolate over the death of our country.)
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To: expat_panama

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.


43 posted on 01/28/2009 10:12:37 AM PST by wastedyears (April 21st, 2009 - International Iron Maiden Day)
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To: wastedyears
The graphics quality suggests Windows 98; it would be nice to update it but it wouldn't stay updated for long.

I like this one better but it's harder to fit it in to a thread...


44 posted on 01/28/2009 10:42:40 AM PST by expat_panama
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To: Quix; ConservativeOrBust

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.


45 posted on 01/28/2009 10:47:46 AM PST by Born Conservative (Bohicaville: http://bohicaville.wordpress.com/)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Once the 3 TB drives come out by summer, the 2 TB drives will be down to $150 :)


46 posted on 01/28/2009 10:48:45 AM PST by Born Conservative (Bohicaville: http://bohicaville.wordpress.com/)
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To: ThomasThomas
> The item with manufacturing flaws fail quickly and the good stuffs last.

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.

47 posted on 01/28/2009 10:52:40 AM PST by ADemocratNoMore (Jeepers, Freepers, where'd 'ya get those sleepers?. Pj people, exposing old media's lies.)
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To: Born Conservative

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.


48 posted on 01/28/2009 11:01:37 AM PST by Quix (LEADRs SAY FRM 1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: Quix
> Have lots of cheap ones redundantly backed up or have one of the more expensive older types as well?

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.

49 posted on 01/28/2009 11:03:21 AM PST by ADemocratNoMore (Jeepers, Freepers, where'd 'ya get those sleepers?. Pj people, exposing old media's lies.)
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To: TexasRepublic
My first hard drive was a 20Mb Techmar aftermarket drive for the Amiga 1000. They also made a 2 Mb memory add-on. Costs were $2,000 and $2,500 respectively, or maybe the other way around. I got them used for far less.
50 posted on 01/28/2009 11:18:20 AM PST by ADemocratNoMore (Jeepers, Freepers, where'd 'ya get those sleepers?. Pj people, exposing old media's lies.)
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