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WD Shipping 2 TB 7200 RPM Caviar Black HDD

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September 1, 2009 5:52:54 PM

Wow... looks like a sweet drive! Still, the best price/performance point right now is in the 750GB - 1TB range.
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September 1, 2009 5:53:06 PM

That's pretty cheap for a 2TB hdd! I would much rather prefer this hard drive over an intel X25-E SSD. Anyone with me?
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September 1, 2009 5:54:45 PM

DO WANT! 500GB platter and a 64MB cache sounds fantastic. Looks like I found my next storage drive for HD videos.
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September 1, 2009 5:59:08 PM

aspireoneloverThat's pretty cheap for a 2TB hdd! I would much rather prefer this hard drive over an intel X25-E SSD. Anyone with me?


Well... that's kinda like saying you'd much rather have a Ford Expedition XL, than a Lamborghini Gallardo. It's really an apples and oranges comparison as each is designed to accomplish something completely different. In the case of SSD drives, it is speed and low-power consumption. In the case of a 2TB drive, it is capacity (with some speed since this puppy is a 7200RPM drive).

But, yes, I'd much prefer to put my money into capacity at this point.
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September 1, 2009 5:59:30 PM

FINALLY
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September 1, 2009 6:10:57 PM

I bet by the end of the year or early next year that drive will be $199 :D . I am going to try and hold out.
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September 1, 2009 6:25:06 PM

I see the next multiple winner of the Customer Choice Award on NewEgg right here.
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September 1, 2009 6:38:50 PM

"The WD Caviar Black 2 TB GB is available at an MSRP of $299."

2 TB GB? Is that like saying 2 trillion billion? As in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes? WOW!! Thats a mighty big HDD for $299! I'm gonna have to get me several of 'em at that price point per TB :p  lawl..

But seriously. Nice.. I will have to look into them... When they are a little cheaper. $299 is just too much. :/ 
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September 1, 2009 6:39:54 PM

i want 12 of these and 2 areca 8 port cards... stat!
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September 1, 2009 6:41:52 PM

scuba dave"The WD Caviar Black 2 TB GB is available at an MSRP of $299."2 TB GB? Is that like saying 2 trillion billion? As in 2,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes? WOW!! Thats a mighty big HDD for $299! I'm gonna have to get me several of 'em at that price point per TB lawl..But seriously. Nice.. I will have to look into them... When they are a little cheaper. $299 is just too much.


Fix'd. lol :D 
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September 1, 2009 6:49:41 PM

scuba daveAs in 2,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes? WOW!!


I think it's easier just to say a 2 ZB (zettabyte) drive.
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September 1, 2009 6:54:43 PM

I wouldn't mind seeing tom's review this and compare it to other slower drives. then maybe I would consider it.
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September 1, 2009 6:56:00 PM

500gb single platter version, please...
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September 1, 2009 7:02:38 PM

I can't believe the price neither, but I wonder if this drive has some issues?
I also wonder how long this drive will hold all of the data on the disk before one finds the first corrupted clusters...

Drives from the '80's easily kept data in tact for many years!
In fact some of those drives could run their data flawlessly today (be it in capacities lower than 1GB).
But with the increased density, I have had multiple issues of corrupted data. Everyone knows that if you start collecting data today, it will take you at least a couple of years before the harddrive will be filled (unless you back up other harddrives on them).
By the time I'd be thinking about buying a new storage device like this, it may be that the first data backed up on this drive would have gone corrupt.
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September 1, 2009 7:20:47 PM

Sweet, this will drive the 1TB price down even more. I'm waiting for 1 TB HDDs to be around $50-55 no rebate.
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September 1, 2009 7:30:08 PM

PRON!
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September 1, 2009 7:35:48 PM

ssalimSweet, this will drive the 1TB price down even more. I'm waiting for 1 TB HDDs to be around $50-55 no rebate.


Damn skippy! That'll be sweet. 5x 1TB RAID 5... here I come! :) 
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September 1, 2009 7:44:04 PM

I'm still pretty far away from filling up my 1TB drive. I can't even imagine all the crap I can put on a 2TB. I know it's excessive, and I don't need it, but I kinda want one now :D . Realistically though I'll be with my 1TB drive for a while.
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September 1, 2009 8:23:26 PM

2 TB for 300 bucks at 7200rpm :)  now make SSDs cheaper please :) 
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September 1, 2009 8:37:09 PM

I will get it if its around 200-250 bux.

get like 5 of these and setup a hardware RAID .... fuxk SSD. :) 
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September 1, 2009 8:54:28 PM

Agreed with CChick. SSD's aren't worth double or triple the price for half to equal size of there spindle big brother, especially when in the most common consumer RAID0 array the arguement is almost mute.
Perfectly happy with my 3 x 640GB WD Black drives 16MB Cache RAID0 system. Grease lightning doesn't have $@#% on me :D 
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September 1, 2009 11:12:01 PM

When will the revamped 500GB and 1TB drives with the 500GB platter be available? Would be nice to have two single platter 500GB caviar black drives running in RAID 0.........
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September 1, 2009 11:30:52 PM

Nice, yes but cheap, no way! You can get 2x1TB WD black for less than 220$ and that would be my choice anytime, because it is safer in case of disk failure.
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September 1, 2009 11:45:40 PM

Still waiting on a 9mm high 1tb notebook drive...The only 1tb notebook drives out are 12.5mm high.
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September 1, 2009 11:59:44 PM

kikireekiNice, yes but cheap, no way! You can get 2x1TB WD black for less than 220$ and that would be my choice anytime, because it is safer in case of disk failure.


how? you have TWICE the chance of loosing HALF the data.

I don't know about you, but i'm rather fond of ALL my data.

there are advantages of 1 drive vs 2 half size drives as well that make the price justifiable:
half the power, half the noise, half the weight and drive bay slots used, and most importantly, you don't have to bother organizing your data across two partitions.

I was just getting used to the idea of spending $300AUS on the green power one. but as it would be my main drive I now really want this! but the price!! but I'm not going to say its too expensive just cause I don't want to pay that much for one.
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September 2, 2009 12:21:51 AM

Matt87_50how? you have TWICE the chance of loosing HALF the data.I don't know about you, but i'm rather fond of ALL my data.there are advantages of 1 drive vs 2 half size drives as well that make the price justifiable:half the power, half the noise, half the weight and drive bay slots used, and most importantly, you don't have to bother organizing your data across two partitions.I was just getting used to the idea of spending $300AUS on the green power one. but as it would be my main drive I now really want this! but the price!! but I'm not going to say its too expensive just cause I don't want to pay that much for one.

Anything that I deemed valuable, I would ALWAYS have a two or more drive setup. When it comes to the home computer user, RAID 1 or even RAID 10 is where I place my faith. If you only have one drive, and it fails, there is no backup for you period - your data is gone.
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September 2, 2009 12:48:26 AM

Matt87_50how? you have TWICE the chance of loosing HALF the data.I don't know about you, but i'm rather fond of ALL my data..

Now That is a strange logic!! but I would put it in different approach: In your case it is everything or nothing.
In my approach: it is everything or half the things.
and since you chose Black then the power should be your least concern besides we don't know yet the power consumption figures of the new drive and the same thing can be said about the noise levels. and about the weight!! (nice one!), and regarding the bay slots I would be delighted to fill a wasted space!
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September 2, 2009 3:05:55 AM

$200 and I'll buy some
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September 2, 2009 4:00:58 AM

Anyone else thinks we're slowly getting ripped off by hdd manufacturers with their ever increasing hdd capacities? 2TB is measured in decimal. In binary, this is roughly equivalent to 1.82 TiB so that's about 180 GiB short from this 2TB that the drive is claiming to have. It might not sound like much but 180 GiB could well be someone's whole hard disk capacity. Imagine in a couple of years time when they roll out a 20TB hdd.........
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September 2, 2009 4:35:54 AM

299$ = FAIL
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September 2, 2009 4:41:08 AM

I used to believe HDDs were solid, reliable products. In the last 3 years I've had 4 HDD failures across my 5 computers. One 2yr old laptop HDD failure, one external USB drive failure, and 3 internal HDDs. The latest one was an 750gb add-on only 3 months old. I wouldn't trust 2tb of my data on one of those things. Better off to buy an external home server with RAID and WHS to put your valuable data on, and have your PC run with a single fast, or stripped RAID array or SSD. Anything of value mirrored RAID + imaged on another drive.
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September 2, 2009 5:56:34 AM

Cletus_slackjawdI used to believe HDDs were solid, reliable products. In the last 3 years I've had 4 HDD failures across my 5 computers. One 2yr old laptop HDD failure, one external USB drive failure, and 3 internal HDDs. The latest one was an 750gb add-on only 3 months old. I wouldn't trust 2tb of my data on one of those things. Better off to buy an external home server with RAID and WHS to put your valuable data on, and have your PC run with a single fast, or stripped RAID array or SSD. Anything of value mirrored RAID + imaged on another drive.


Wow, bad luck. I've never had any actual HDD failures. I've had one that's near failure, but it's still workin'.
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September 2, 2009 5:57:39 AM

Just got a 1TB drive, and I've already filled >35% of it... so this does seem quite appetizing.

However, it would be nice if the $/gig ratio was on par with 1TB versions.

single_platter_fanboi500gb single platter version, please...


Just thinking that. Would likely be cheap for then to produce, and reliable, thus making great reliable cheap raid setups. =D
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September 2, 2009 9:34:07 AM

dual stage actuator technology is?
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September 2, 2009 1:06:08 PM

Google is your friend: "dual stage actuator technology".
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September 2, 2009 2:35:40 PM

Still waiting for my 1TB Caviar Black to come in...
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September 2, 2009 3:01:05 PM

No pythy, the hdd manufacturers are not trying to rip you off. 1 TB mean 1 trillion bytes (they even print it on the drive for those like you who refuse to acknowledge the SI definitions and insist that 1 TB means 1024 x 1024 x 1024 x 1024).

Personally, I wish the drive manufacturers had abandoned the SI units years ago and started calling the 500 GB drive the 500 billion-byte drive and the 2 TB drive the 2 trillion-byte drive. It would have saved them from having to print that little message on every drive and spared them from a couple of frivolous lawsuits from morons who insisted that they were being deceived.
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Anonymous
September 2, 2009 3:51:55 PM

3TB - 2 x 1.5 TB Seagate (ST31500341AS) : $240
2TB - WD (WD2001FASS) : $299
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September 3, 2009 7:33:05 AM

aahh3TB - 2 x 1.5 TB Seagate (ST31500341AS) : $2402TB - WD (WD2001FASS) : $299

Remember not to use the drives for anything important if you pick two seagate ones.
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October 6, 2009 3:40:30 AM

Yes, but does the 1.5TB Seagate top every benchmark..? Yea, think I'll stick with WD.
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October 6, 2009 10:22:27 AM

zeb7sYes, but does the 1.5TB Seagate top every benchmark..? Yea, think I'll stick with WD.

If you consider performance > reliability, then take the seagate. I'd take a wd or samsung while you reinstall for the third time on an rma'ed seagate.
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