2TB drives arrive down under
Western Digital's Caviar Green model
Unable to prevent stocked Australian suppliers releasing details, Western Digital has effectively pre-announced its record-breaking 2TB Caviar Green drive.
A Czech website listed the drive before Christmas.
The WD20EADS is a 3.5-inch, 4-platter unit spinning at 7,200rpm with a 3Gbit/s SATA interface and a 32MB cache. It is positioned as a low power, quiet and very high capacity drive for PC users. The low power draw is obtained by parking the head when not in use, using the 32MB cache to reduce the number of disk accesses needed, and reducing the rotation speed where possible. WD says the power savings results in the same reduction in emitted CO2 as taking an average car off the road for three days a year - insignificant at the individual user level but tangible at the organisational level where many PCs are involved.
WD says external drive manufacturers can eliminate the need for a fan in a product with this drive.
Seagate has introduced a 2-platter 1TB 3.5-inch drive so its own 2TB model can't be too far away.
Australian outlets have the drive available at prices ranging from $Aus 377.80 - $Aus 429 (£178 - £203). European and US availability cannot be too far behind the antipodean availability. Western Digital was unable to comment immediately and traditionally does not respond to rumour or speculation. ®
Holy Smoking Buttplug Batman.
Actually having read TOOL of the weeks comment about LOW power consumption making it a dud drive - well think in terms of it as EFFICIENT power consumption.
By parking the heads off the drive when they are not needed to read or write - there is a HEAP of molecular surface drag - just been eliminated.
I recently bought 3 x 750 Gig green drives and I am really IMPRESSED.
Where I live - at night it is SO quiet - as in total silence - and with my open case system, I was really hard pressed to determine if the drives were actually spinning or not.
I think high efficiency anything is always a good move.
And with 2 Terrabyte of storage space, now I can finally stick a picture of my entire penis on the drive.
At one point I made a nice line of old Caviar drives I had lying around the office - something like 80mb, 120mb, 260mb, 500mb, 1gb, 2gb... Guess I'll have to do some more digging to complete the collection.
The 2gb drives were probably pretty good ca. 1997... doesn't seem that long ago, somehow. But to my 6-month-old son, that 2tb drive will be what 8" floppies are to me.
Presumably that means my grandson will think that fifty million terabyte hard drives are wretched relics from a crude era, and that 16 zettabyte memory sticks will be in Wal-Mart for twenty-five bucks.
"an exhaust pipe out the back for the black smoke to come out of."
But if you let the smoke out it'll stop working!