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.
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.
They have the capability to produce 5 x 1TB platter drives. 3 x 1TB platter drives have already been available for awhile.
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!
It's been very irritating watching the traditional hard drive market stagnate while the cost of SSDs is decreasing like mad.
Your comment is a joke because you're comparing server grade drives to consumer level junk.
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.