WD's 1TB SATA 6.0 Gbps HDD Out in Japan

TechConnect reports that over in Japan, hard drive manufacturer Western Digital has introduced a new Caviar Black model that uses the speedy SATA 6.0 Gbps interface. Codenamed WD1002FAEX, the 3.5-inch, 1 TB drive has a 64 MB buffer memory, and operates at 7200 rotations per minute (RPM). The drive also features a sound output of 33 dBA while seeking.

Legit Reviews adds to the report, translating information provided by Japanese website Akiba. According to the site, WD's new drive has a maximum internal transfer rate of 126 MB/s. The drive also consumes 6.8 W of power during an active state, 0.7 W while in sleep mode.

Right now WD is selling the WD1002FAEX drive for 10,000 yen-- that's roughly around $111 USD, making it slightly more expensive than the SATA 3.0 Gbps model (WD1001FALS).

Currently there's no indication that the drive will hit the States, however this is a good indication that a new wave of SATA 6.0 Gbps drives from WD could be on the horizon soon.

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  • Correct me if I am wrong, but mechanical drives have not yet been able to saturate the 3Gbs interface...

    I thought SSDs were the only things that could truly take advantage of the increased bandwidth.

    It's not that I'm not happy that we keep pushing the envelope with technology, but I couldn't imagine spending more on a drive when I couldn't take advantage of it.
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  • Correct me if I am wrong, but mechanical drives have not yet been able to saturate the 3Gbs interface...

    I thought SSDs were the only things that could truly take advantage of the increased bandwidth.

    It's not that I'm not happy that we keep pushing the envelope with technology, but I couldn't imagine spending more on a drive when I couldn't take advantage of it.
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  • huronCorrect me if I am wrong, but mechanical drives have not yet been able to saturate the 3Gbs interface...I thought SSDs were the only things that could truly take advantage of the increased bandwidth. It's not that I'm not happy that we keep pushing the envelope with technology, but I couldn't imagine spending more on a drive when I couldn't take advantage of it.

    +1. Well said. Hell some really high end SSDs in RAID could probably swamp up SATA III in a year or two.
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  • I think even tho it doesn't max the 3Gbs interface, it's important to get the industry moving towards the next standard, if not for HDD's, then at least for the sake of SSD's.
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