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WD Launching 5TB HDDs By End of 2013

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Two 5 TB drives are expected to hit the market by 4Q13, claims two leaked Western Digital slides.

Russian website AlwaysMoreDigital has supposedly unearthed (via leaked presentation slides) schedules for Western Digital's WD Green and WD Red series of hard drives for 2012 and 2013. Both schedules show that the company is shooting for a 3.5-inch 5 TB SATA 3 (6 Gb/s) drive by the end of 2013.

The WD Green series is the company's more environmentally-friendly line of desktop drives, manufactured with lead-free, conflict-free and halogen-free materials. According to the leaked schedule, a 4 TB model (WD40EZRX) is expected to ship sometime around the second or third quarter of 2013. The 5 TB model (WD50EXRX) is slated to arrive in the following quarter. Both will sport a 3.5-inch form factor, 64 MB of cache, and a SATA 3 (6 Gb/s) interface.

The WD Red series is for home or small office network attached storage (NAS) systems. A new 4 TB model (WD40EFRX) is expected to arrive sometime around 2Q and 3Q 2013. After that, the 5 TB model (WD50EFRX) will supposedly arrive in 4Q 2013. As with the Green drives, both of these NAS-oriented HDDs will have a 3.5-inch form factor, 64 MB of cache, and a SATA 3 (6 Gb/s) interface.

News of the upcoming Green and Red 4 and 5 TB hard drives arrinves after the company expanded its Black series of 3.5-inch drives with a 4 TB model. Available now, the new addition features a 7200 RPM spin speed, 64 MB of cache, dual stage actuator technology, a SATA 3 (6 Gb/s) interface, and an integrated dual processor for "twice the processing power to maximize performance."

"Maximizing the features and functionality of power computing applications such as gaming, multimedia and video editing, the new WD Black 4 TB hard drives offer capacity and performance—without compromise," said Matt Rutledge, vice president of WD’s client storage group. "In choosing WD Black hard drives, WD desktop customers get the best possible mix of capacity, performance and reliability to handle intense desktop computing with ease."

WD will likely showcase the upcoming Green and Red drives at CES 2013 in January, so stay tuned for more information. Meanwhile, the new WD Black 4 TB drive can be purchased here.

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    wannabepro , December 3, 2012 11:35 PM
    Think of all that.. games, Um, I mean 'information' you could store on one of those.
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    CaedenV , December 3, 2012 11:45 PM
    In 2011 (before the floods) we were promised 6TB drives before the end of 2012, but between the floods and PMR reliability issues that really hasn't panned out so well.
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    ipwn3r456 , December 3, 2012 11:14 PM
    Wow 5TB. So 1TB per platter?
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    vern72 , December 3, 2012 11:14 PM
    Darn it! Almost enough to make me upgrade my Core 2 system.
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    ipwn3r456 , December 3, 2012 11:14 PM
    Wow 5TB. So 1TB per platter?
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    azathoth , December 3, 2012 11:19 PM
    Is this their new system with hermetically sealed drives containing Helium to reduce drag?

    If so, I might consider purchasing one so I can finally make FULLY submerged and silent Oil PC. Neat home media server project :) 
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    Anonymous , December 3, 2012 11:22 PM
    5TB... damn that's a lot of space but I'd rather have 2 x 3Tb drives so if one fails you don't loose all your data.... but if your data is that important then you'd have those drives in a raid 1 array + regular backups
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    wannabepro , December 3, 2012 11:35 PM
    Think of all that.. games, Um, I mean 'information' you could store on one of those.
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    dragonsqrrl , December 3, 2012 11:41 PM
    I'd really like to see a review of the 4TB Caviar Black that just came out.
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    Anonymous , December 3, 2012 11:44 PM
    Platter information. please. im dying to know if these are going to have >1tb platters, or just 5 1tb platters
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    tomfreak , December 3, 2012 11:44 PM
    Chaoss5TB... damn that's a lot of space but I'd rather have 2 x 3Tb drives so if one fails you don't loose all your data.... but if your data is that important then you'd have those drives in a raid 1 array + regular backups
    Agree, data is more important now. I rather have twice the reliability @ same price than twice the size when it is over 1-2TB already.
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    CaedenV , December 3, 2012 11:45 PM
    In 2011 (before the floods) we were promised 6TB drives before the end of 2012, but between the floods and PMR reliability issues that really hasn't panned out so well.
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    Anonymous , December 3, 2012 11:51 PM
    Still insufficient for my pony r34 collection.
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    jupiter optimus maximus , December 3, 2012 11:53 PM
    Being prepared, you bring your laptop with a solar recharge station to kill some time as a 5TB hard drive gives you 8 days of HD porn to watch after crashing your plane on an a deserted island in the middle of the pacific ocean. Replay as much as you want.
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    assasin32 , December 4, 2012 12:15 AM
    AzathothIs this their new system with hermetically sealed drives containing Helium to reduce drag?If so, I might consider purchasing one so I can finally make FULLY submerged and silent Oil PC. Neat home media server project


    If you do make sure you toss it in a clear fish tank or something of that nature and put in things like treasure chests and shoot out bubbles (if it will do that in mineral oil I don't know) and fake fish to mess with people who take a quick glance at it.

    Would actually look pretty neat too if you added some dim colored led lights or strips with how the water is if you can get it to reflect off bubbles. Bounus points if you mod the PSU to shoot out bubbles.

    Dang you now I am thinking about how fun such a project will be.
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    alidan , December 4, 2012 12:19 AM
    for me i have 5hhds, one almost 8 years old, and still in constant use.

    i want to get a 4tb drive so i can move all data to the new hdd, and still have some more room for more data.

    and with how warranties are now, i can see a move to a larger hdd every year or so.
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    notsleep , December 4, 2012 1:45 AM
    i can't wait to fill it up with ps2, wii, and mame chd roms. :p 
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    A Bad Day , December 4, 2012 2:16 AM
    Format the HDD to 64K sector byte.

    Watch the sequential read/write performance soar.
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    mightymaxio , December 4, 2012 2:44 AM
    I can imagine 16 of them in my fileserver XD
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    crumbworks , December 4, 2012 3:12 AM
    The more capacity per drive, the better. I'd like to get a 3-bay NAS in RAID 5, and with 10TB of effective storage (well, 9.31 TiB), I'd pretty much be set for the next 8-10 years.
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    livebriand , December 4, 2012 3:20 AM
    And if it weren't for the lack of competition and the Thailand floods as an excuse, we'd have hit this point a lot sooner.
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    acyuta , December 4, 2012 3:36 AM
    Will it also be launched at outrageous prices. Hard disk prices are falling too slowly and considering the slowdown, why are they not falling faster.
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    danwat1234 , December 4, 2012 3:39 AM
    TomfreakAgree, data is more important now. I rather have twice the reliability @ same price than twice the size when it is over 1-2TB already.

    Data density is good. I'd rather have 2 large capacity drives, 1 being the backup of the other rather than reduced density or RAID.
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