We also wonder how long it will be before we can make the transition from great big clunky 3.5in drives to slinky 2.5in units. WD has recently released a Scorpio Blue laptop drive with a capacity of 640GB which is a slimline 9.5mm drive that only contains two platters.
Speeds in Megabytes per Second (MB/s)
Higher points are better
You can also buy triple platter 12.5mm Scorpio Blue drives with capacities of 750GB and 1TB, so it seems likely that small form factor PCs will soon be offered with a choice of SSD or 2.5 inch HDD.
Toshiba and others have 640GB-and-up 2.5in HDDs on the way too.
End of an era?
WD has done sterling work to boost the performance of the Caviar Black with an increase in both data cache and areal density. The result is a speedy 2TB drive that unfortunately costs more than £200. ®
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> CRC checks in the filesystem are a nice feature but they are only checks, they are not error correcting at all just error detection
You are wrong. ZFS detects *and corrects* errors. The 256 bit block checksums are compared with the data read back during a file read or scrub operation, and if an error is detected it is corrected using parity data in redundant vdevs.
If you don't believe this, try reading the ZFS tech info available -- look under 'self-healing'.
"The real annoyance is that Windows and Mac OS X both insist on measuring in GiB, but use the "GB" suffix like they're just trying to confuse you. Hence the icon."
Yeah, both major operating systems are trying to confuse you, not the HDD manufacturers. *sigh*.
Windows and Mac OS X have been *correctly* reporting in "MB" and "GB" since before MiB and GiB were even invented.
MB = megabyte (2^20 bytes)
GB = gigabyte (2^30 bytes)
MiB = Men in Black, a movie starring the Fresh Prince
GiB = Girls in Black, a little known blaxploitation sequel
"You can buy 1TB 2.5" drive ---- where???
I think the statement "You can buy 1TB 2.5" WD drive" is incorrect. 1TB 2.5" drive is still only a WD marketing dream and exists only as HTML page on Western Digital site. I cannot buy it neither from WD site nor from any other channel. Only 500GB drives on stock, same as half a year ago.
I think Western Digital managers developed and excellent way to get bonuses. If the product is not ready on time - just place nice description on web page, and you can put a plus sign that it is "released". When, in reality, half a year will pass until customers are able to buy the product.
I suggest to clearly mark all the pages where product is not yet on sale. I.e.: "Future product. Estimated availability date - December 2009."
You can have it all with OpenSolaris and ZFS...
Leo Waldock writes, "This is thoroughly good news but of course it’s the combination of performance allied to the colossal 2TB capacity that catches the eye. That said, the formatted capacity is a ‘mere’ 1863GB."
Under OpenSolaris with ZFS - you will have more of the 2TB potential, if you are running with redundancy, since ZFS can perform the error correction for you, instead of being done on the disk drive... no sense in doing the error correction twice and losing the space twice when the loss of space in CRC's is redundant...
Generally wikipedia is not a place to go quoting. At the same time if you read what it did say, the filesystem overhead is less than 1% of the space. The difference between 2000GB and 1863GiB is a lot more than 1% (6.8% in this case). So it has nothing to do with the filesystem overhead or formatting or anything else, it is simply a matter of the HD makers and Microsoft using different units. Back when harddisks were measured in MB the difference was smaller and many people just claimed it was the overhead of the filesystem, even though it wasn't true then either. Now that we are starting to see rather large differences people actually start to really notice it. If you were to convince windows to show you the size in bytes instead of GiB then you would still have a capacity of the filesystem even with the filesystem overhead of very close to 2000000000000 bytes.