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Western Digital Launches 2 TB Hard Drive

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Is your collection of “media” growing at an exponential rate? Western Digital could have what you’re looking for, as it launches the industry’s first 2 TB hard disk drive.

Western Digital’s first 2 TB hard drive (model WD20EADS) makes use of the company’s 500 GB/platter technology (with 400 Gb/in2 areal density), with a set of four to make up the massive capacity. The drive will feature a 32 MB cache.

Most computer users are still running modestly sized drives in comparison to WD’s new offering, and seem to be managing fine. Will there ever be a real need to hit 2 TB when even 1 TB seems like a luxury? Mark Geenen, president of Trend Focus, says more and more people are taking to the roominess.

"While some in the industry wondered if the end consumer would buy a 1 TB drive, already some 10 percent of 3.5-inch hard drive sales are at the 1 TB level or higher, serving demand from video applications and expanding consumer media libraries," said Geenen. "The 2 TB hard drives will continue to satisfy end user's insatiable desire to store more data on ever larger hard drives."

The new 3.5-inch drive will be a part of the Caviar Green family, which, as the name suggests, is part of WD’s low-energy line. The drive will make use of IntelliPower, which WD says “fine-tunes the balance of spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance." 

Overall, however, the new 2 TB drive’s specialty is storage, not speed. The WD20EADS should be filling channels and carries with it an MSRP of $299.

What would you do with all that space?

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    Judguh , January 27, 2009 4:22 PM
    "The drive will feature a 32 MB."

    A 32 MB what? :) 
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    Pei-chen , January 27, 2009 4:31 PM
    After seeing WD's MSRP of $299, I suspect Seagate knows the problem with its 7200.11 1.5TB drives before release. The 1.5TB was asking for $199, lower than two 750GB drives, and in some cases, lower than two 500GB drives. Never before has a company selling the newest and biggest at a discount.
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    Anonymous , January 27, 2009 4:44 PM
    Quote: Will there ever be a real need to hit 2 TB?

    Answer: Try 15TB and still not enough. :( 
    HD video = Lot of HD space.
    More! More! Faster! Faster!
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    megamanx00 , January 27, 2009 4:46 PM
    That would hold alot of porn ^_^. Seriously though I still think my 1TB Cavalier Black drive is huge. 2TB is just insane to me and I'd rather have a faster 1.5 TB drive or my 1TB cavalier black than a 2TB cavalier green.
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    Anonymous , January 27, 2009 4:50 PM
    32 MB cache i assume
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    resonance451 , January 27, 2009 5:17 PM
    Yes, a 32mb cache.

    A 2TB HDD is just the next step up. You guys are all assuming that media will stay the same quality. As the common camera takes higher resolution shots, and as musicians start releasing more of their stuff in hi-def wavs (not commonplace yet, but it will be) instead of 128kbps mp3, suddenly it will take a lot more storage to hold your collection. My copy of NIN's the Slip in 128kbps mp3 is only around 50mb. My hi-def wav copy is over 1.5gb. Suddenly 2TB isn't so huge. A decade after, we'll be scratching our heads at such a silly question, wondering how one could ever do with less than a 320TB HDD, and maybe two if you had a serious music/movie collection.
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    gm0n3y , January 27, 2009 5:23 PM
    I already have 2x250GB, 320GB, 500GB, 750GB, 1.5TB
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    jerreece , January 27, 2009 5:33 PM
    Judguh"The drive will feature a 32 MB."A 32 MB what?

    You beat me to it. I'm assuming 32MB Cache. Just a typo ;) 
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    Dave K , January 27, 2009 5:45 PM
    2TB... I couldn't live with that little space, but they'll make nice RAID arrays.
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    08nwsula , January 27, 2009 7:44 PM
    saljrWho wants 2T hard drive?

    anyone who edits high def video
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    crockdaddy , January 27, 2009 8:30 PM
    Gee ..... I recalled buying my first HD from Best Buy eons ago, a 540 MB Maxtor ... no way would I need a bigger HD than a 540 MB. Now, I am hard pressed to keep my data usage under 2 TB. @ 299 MSRP this baby is not going to be sold to most anyone.
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    gm0n3y , January 27, 2009 9:22 PM
    I would consider buying this @ $299 simply because I only have space for 4 drives in my machine. Right now I have 320GB, 500GB, 750GB, 1.5TB, but when I run out of room I'm going to have to ditch the 320 and am going to want to get the largest drive I can.
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    seboj , January 27, 2009 9:25 PM
    Will there ever be a real need to hit 2 TB

    You should be ashamed.
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    gm0n3y , January 27, 2009 10:04 PM
    I think that the hard drive makers can thank bittorrent for a lot of their sales of these large drives.
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    Anonymous , January 28, 2009 1:44 AM
    Just how much REAL storage do you get with "2GB". Anyone calculated this?
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    Darkk , January 28, 2009 2:29 AM
    This would be good for a fileserver as RAID5. The article stated it's built for capacity not speed so RAID5 be great for it.

    Although I wouldn't use it for a SQL database as the read and writes aren't fast enough.

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    mikeynavy1976 , January 28, 2009 2:36 AM
    I wonder how long this thing takes to defrag.
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    FSXFan , January 28, 2009 5:04 AM
    I remember a guy I worked with talking about buying his first 20MB hard drive and he thought "I'll NEVER be able to use all that space".
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    pocketdrummer , January 28, 2009 5:35 AM
    So, you can buy one slow drive with 2TB, or two 1TB Drive in RAID 0 for $100 cheaper?

    I guess it makes sense if you've already used up all of your available 3.5" slots.
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    pocketdrummer , January 28, 2009 5:38 AM
    I remember my first computer having 2Gb of storage. At the time it was huge... until the first 400Mb game came out. I thought that was a ridiculous amount of space to take up for a game.

    HA, look at games now-a-days. You couldn't even fit them on that drive.
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