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Western Digital Launches 4 TB Nearline HDDs

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The WD RE SAS and WD RE SATA nearline drive series are also available in capacities of 1 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB for SAS as well as 2 TB and 3 TB for SATA. The 4 TB drive integrates five 800 MB platters.

According to the manufacturer, the 7,200 RPM drives promise a reliability of 1.4 million hours MTBF for the SAS versions and 1.2 million hours MTBF for the SATA models. WD said that the drives also include the company's NoTouch ramp load technology, which reduces wear of the recording heads as the heads do not touch the disk media.

Pricing starts at $139 for the 1 TB SAS model, and goes as far as $479 for the 4 TB version. The SATA models are $20 cheaper than their SAS counterparts.

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    bloodypulp , September 27, 2012 10:19 PM
    The hard drive manufacturers are sandbagging innovation, by milking their old technology.
    They have the capability to produce 5 x 1TB platter drives. 3 x 1TB platter drives have already been available for awhile.
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    Shin-san , September 27, 2012 10:33 PM
    Quote:
    According to the manufacturer, the 7,200 RPM drives promise a reliability of 1.4 million hours MTBF for the SAS versions and 1.2 million hours MTBF for the SATA models
    Then start giving us back our 3-5 year warranties
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    RealBeast , September 27, 2012 10:10 PM
    About time, I really want to see some competition in the larger (4Tb) drive space. Although with all the consolidation in the manufacturers I suppose it is unlikely in the near term.
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    luciferano , September 27, 2012 10:10 PM
    7.2KRPM 4TB drive... Those are probably pretty darned fast for an HDD.

    Also, typo in the article. The 4TB drive is not using five 800MB platters. That's be 4GB, not 4TB, so it's using five 800GB platters if it has five platters and has a total capacity of 4TB.
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    bloodypulp , September 27, 2012 10:19 PM
    The hard drive manufacturers are sandbagging innovation, by milking their old technology.
    They have the capability to produce 5 x 1TB platter drives. 3 x 1TB platter drives have already been available for awhile.
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    Shin-san , September 27, 2012 10:33 PM
    Quote:
    According to the manufacturer, the 7,200 RPM drives promise a reliability of 1.4 million hours MTBF for the SAS versions and 1.2 million hours MTBF for the SATA models
    Then start giving us back our 3-5 year warranties
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    jhansonxi , September 27, 2012 10:44 PM
    Many years ago I had an IBM Ultrastar 36GB 10K RPM SCSI drive that had 10 platters. Fast but very hot. Not cheap either.
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    CaedenV , September 27, 2012 10:57 PM
    1.2 million hours MTFB, but still a 1 year warranty...
    I am the market for 4 large drives, the first manufacturer to have a 2TB drive at $100, or 3TB at $130 with a real 3-5 year warranty will get my business!
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    Spanky Deluxe , September 27, 2012 11:12 PM
    About time the 4TB drives come back. The Seagate one is impossible to track down as it is. I've been waiting for 5TB drives for close to a year now ever since that guy from Seagate said they'd be out soon.

    It's been very irritating watching the traditional hard drive market stagnate while the cost of SSDs is decreasing like mad.
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    nurgletheunclean , September 27, 2012 11:13 PM
    $459 is a joke. When 3TB (1TB platter) drives are readily available for $130.
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    Anonymous , September 27, 2012 11:37 PM
    Quote:
    $459 is a joke. When 3TB (1TB platter) drives are readily available for $130.



    Your comment is a joke because you're comparing server grade drives to consumer level junk.
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    frombehind , September 27, 2012 11:40 PM
    nurgletheunclean$459 is a joke. When 3TB (1TB platter) drives are readily available for $130.


    Its an enterprise drive bro... warranted to run basically 24/7 for 5 years.

    Desktop drives are NOT INTENDED to run 24/7 and even with say 8 hours a day operations, they are only built to last 3 years on average.
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    luciferano , September 27, 2012 11:54 PM
    nurgletheunclean$459 is a joke. When 3TB (1TB platter) drives are readily available for $130.


    These are professional/enterprise hard drives, not cheap consumer models.
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    johnnysgraf , September 28, 2012 12:15 AM
    According to HotHardware they come with a 5-year warranty. nice to see a HDD actually supprting their products recently.

    http://hothardware.com/News/Western-Digital-Unveils-4TB-WD-RE-SAS-and-SATA-Drives-Eyes-Public-and-Private-Clouds/
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    A Bad Day , September 28, 2012 1:47 AM
    Shin-sanThen start giving us back our 3-5 year warranties


    I recall checking a 'waterproof' camera, and noticing that the warranty doesn't cover water-related damages. Wut?
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    dragonsqrrl , September 28, 2012 2:03 AM
    Still waiting for these platter densities to make it to their Caviar Black's. I think it's been around 3 years since their current generation of Caviar Black's came out, with a minor refresh to support SATA 6Gbps (pointless really). They're still on 500GB platters at a time when 750GB - 1TB platters are the norm.

    WD, refresh your Caviar Black line! It's falling behind!
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    alidan , September 28, 2012 3:46 AM
    all i want is a 4tb drive to hit 200$
    they got about 2 months to do it.
    i want one for my birthday.
    i want to get rid of my current 5 drives from active use, all with 1 drive.
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    luciferano , September 28, 2012 4:43 AM
    alidanall i want is a 4tb drive to hit 200$they got about 2 months to do it.i want one for my birthday.i want to get rid of my current 5 drives from active use, all with 1 drive.


    That's probably not going to happen in a mere two months, but you might be able get two 2TB drives for that price.
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    tomfreak , September 28, 2012 6:38 AM
    Spanky DeluxeAbout time the 4TB drives come back. The Seagate one is impossible to track down as it is. I've been waiting for 5TB drives for close to a year now ever since that guy from Seagate said they'd be out soon.It's been very irritating watching the traditional hard drive market stagnate while the cost of SSDs is decreasing like mad.
    it is not ur job to worry about this, because once SSD start to threaten them, they will force to move forward.
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    fuxxnuts , September 28, 2012 6:45 AM
    frombehindIts an enterprise drive bro... warranted to run basically 24/7 for 5 years. Desktop drives are NOT INTENDED to run 24/7 and even with say 8 hours a day operations, they are only built to last 3 years on average.


    erm. Thats not what MTBF means.
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    botak131 , September 28, 2012 8:23 AM
    Since when did 800MB*5=4TB?
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    alidan , September 28, 2012 8:51 AM
    botak131Since when did 800MB*5=4TB?

    sense 8x5=40
    scale that up
    800x5=4000

    granted its the 4tb at 1000 per mb, not 1024 so a bit of space is missing...
    im not explaining that well, i know the why i just cant say the why.
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