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WD Shipping 2 TB 7200 RPM Caviar Black HDD

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You want your 2 TB and 7200 RPM? Now you can have it.

Want storage and speed? Up until today, if you wanted a 2 TB consumer desktop drive, you'd likely have to settle for one that not built for speed, but now you can have one that'll spin you right round at 7200 RPM.

WD today announced that it is now shipping a desktop Caviar Black 7200 RPM 2 TB hard drive (model WD2001FASS), composed of four 500 GB platters, 64 MB cache, dual stage actuator technology, and SATA 3 Gb/sec. interface.

"WD Caviar Black 2 TB hard drives maximize the features and functionality of power computing applications such as gaming, photo editing, user generated multimedia and video," said Jim Morris, senior vice president and general manager of WD's client storage systems. "With the selection of WD Caviar Black hard drives, WD desktop customers receive the best possible mix of capacity, performance and reliability that is required for intense desktop computing."

For enterprise-class needs, WD is now qualifying the RE4 2 TB (model WD2003FYYS), which is suited for servers, network attached storage and storage networks. The WD RE4 2 TB drives feature similar features as the Caviar Black with a 7200 RPM spin speed and 64 MB cache and also add a more hardy 1.2 million hours MTBF, Active Power Save, among other features.

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

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    jellico , September 1, 2009 5:59 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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    jellico , September 1, 2009 5:52 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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    aspireonelover , September 1, 2009 5:53 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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    astrodudepsu , September 1, 2009 5:54 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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    jellico , September 1, 2009 5:59 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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    doomtomb , September 1, 2009 5:59 PM
    FINALLY
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    bison88 , September 1, 2009 6:10 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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    cybrcatter , September 1, 2009 6:25 PM
    I see the next multiple winner of the Customer Choice Award on NewEgg right here.
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    scuba dave , September 1, 2009 6:38 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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    Hanin33 , September 1, 2009 6:39 PM
    i want 12 of these and 2 areca 8 port cards... stat!
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    scuba dave , September 1, 2009 6:41 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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    jellico , September 1, 2009 6:49 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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    Major7up , September 1, 2009 6:54 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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    Anonymous , September 1, 2009 6:56 PM
    500gb single platter version, please...
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    Anonymous , September 1, 2009 7:02 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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    ssalim , September 1, 2009 7:20 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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    warezme , September 1, 2009 7:30 PM
    PRON!
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    jellico , September 1, 2009 7:35 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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    megamanx00 , September 1, 2009 7:44 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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    RADIO_ACTIVE , September 1, 2009 8:23 PM
    2 TB for 300 bucks at 7200rpm :)  now make SSDs cheaper please :) 
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    CChick , September 1, 2009 8:37 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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