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Western Digital cracks the 2TB barrier

Western Digital has announced its latest drive, a 2 Terabyte Caviar Green hard drive with 32 MB of cache and a seek time of 8.9ms. It runs between 7200 or 5400 RPM depending on load, which saves power.

Due to advances in Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR), it is able to achieve this using a four platter design, with 500 GB per platter. Having fewer platters reduces power consumption as well.

WDC's previous capacity champion was only 1TB, so this new flagship has been anticipated for use in DVRs and archival systems. The model number is WD20EADS, and is being shipped to distributors this week.

In addition to the 2TB model, Western Digital is also launching a 1.5TB model (WD15EADS) to accompany its revised 1TB model (WD10EADS). Both also feature 32MB of cache, which helps to increase access speed to commonly accessed data.

"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 Mark Geenen, President of Trend Focus.

WDC's primary competitor Seagate recently unveiled their Barracuda 7200.12 series of 3.5" desktop drives, featuring a 1TB 2 platter design. It is available with 32MB of cache as well.

Seagate is being particularly cautious these days, after firmware problems with the flagship Barracuda 7200.11 series of drives caused problems with RAID and Linux setups, and lowered prosumer confidence in the world's leading hard drive supplier.

Its Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB drive (ST31500341AS) was previously the largest single hard drive available to consumers, and the only one to go above 1TB.

Seagate may very well release their own 2TB 7200.12, but they still haven't been able to supply the Momentus 7200.4 500GB laptop drives that they announced six months ago on July 10.

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RE: Price/error rate
By icanhascpu on 1/27/2009 7:47:23 PM , Rating: -1
I bet youre one of those people that complained how they lost all their data on their 'backup' seagate, while not having more than one copy of said data, while saying how 'everything was fine before i updated the firmware' then bitching why it all went wrong.

Get a clue.

RE: Price/error rate
By MrDiSante on 1/28/2009 4:39:33 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry, I thought basic reading comprehension skills were still being taught in elementary school, apparently not. If you'd actually read my message you would have noticed that I said that my drives in particular are fine.

I don't keep drives specifically for backup, I simply ensure that all my data is replicated across all of the desktops, and occasionally (once every few months) back up everything to DVDs.

I, personally, don't like it when manufacturers create problems for me. Problems such as having to keep the computer running 24/7 because that minimizes the likelihood of the drive dying and not knowing whether to actually apply their firmware updates that "fix" the issues since the "fixes" also brick drives. But hey, if that's your cup of tea, go for it. I, on the other hand, will give my business to another manufacturer for the time being.

RE: Price/error rate
By icanhascpu on 1/28/2009 8:51:20 PM , Rating: 2
The majority of those people made the problems for themselves. You complaining about it means you would have been one of them with the if it works, fix it attitude.

Your reasoning is ridiculous.

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