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.
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.
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. :/
Fix'd. lol :D