With High Definition content being stored on hard drives more and more frequently, and the latest games having increasingly large installations, hard drive space fills up quickly. Western Digital comes to the rescue with the first 2 TB hard drive expected to launch later this week.
The WD20EADS will be part of Western Digital's Caviar Green series. It will have 32 MB of cache, a seek time of 8.9ms and will run at either 5400RPM or 7200RPM. The drive is expected to have four 500 GB platters.
Information about the WD20EADS first appeared when online retailer Czech Computer listed it on their website back in December 2008, however they have not indicated any stock up to this point.
MSRP is not yet known, but rumours are pointing to retail prices of about $210-240, making it slightly more expensive than a pair of drives in the lower end of the 1TB price range. We'll know the price soon enough when the drive hits the shelves later this week.
How is that? I currently have a 2.5TB RAID 0 partition on an ICH9R. I can't boot from it, yes, but I still can store on it without extra partitioning.
Caveats to GPT:
1) Can't boot from it unless you have an EFI motherboard. EFI is the successor to the BIOS.
2) Have to have Windows Vista, Server 2008, or Windows 7 to boot from GPT. Macs already use EFI and GPT. The Linux community is probably on top of this already.
3) You can have a GPT data drive in Windows XP x64, Server 2003 x64 (and maybe x86 as well), Vista, Server 2008, and 7. You don't need an EFI motherboard for this. 32-bit XP DOES NOT support GPT!
Yes, you can use a 2TB (NTFS) drive with Windows XP Pro 32-bit.
The greater than 2TB HDD with Windows XP Pro 32-bit limitation is with the partition tables size in the MBR, not with NTFS which can have up to 16TB or even 256TB HDDs depending on cluster size.