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2TB is here !!! Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB SATA 32MB Cache 3.5 inch Hard Drive also with (free delivery at Scan offer) £188.03

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World's First 2Tb HDD As hard drive capacities increase, the power required to run those drives increases as well. WD Caviar Green drives make it possible for energy-conscious customers to buil… Read More
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World's First 2Tb HDD

As hard drive capacities increase, the power required to run those drives increases as well.

WD Caviar Green drives make it possible for energy-conscious customers to build systems with higher capacities and the right balance of system performance, ensured reliability, and energy conservation.

Up to 571,000 digital photos
Up to 500,000 songs (MP3)
Up to 50,000 songs (uncompressed CD quality)
Up to 150 hours of Digital Video (DV)
Up to 880 hours of DVD quality video
Up to 240 hours of HD video

This also comes with a 3 years warranty!


Reviews - http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/01/27/review_internal_hard_drive_wd_caviar_green_2tb/


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#1
If bay space is at a premium or you just prefer less drives this might be good value to them.

Otherwise the £55 £1tb's are pretty much half the price per *byte compared to this, so it comes down to whatever your priorities are basically.
#2
2TB.....sweet - expect this to be 100 quid in a few months. 70 quid in 6.
#3
great price but would i trust 2tb's worth of data on one disk? thats a lot of data to lose and bearing in mind the new technology i'd rather buy 2 single terrabyte drivesand mirror the 2!
not voting on this one!
banned#4
JPS
2TB.....sweet - expect this to be 100 quid in a few months. 70 quid in 6.


OMG, loooove it, even more when it's 1/2 the price it is now :thumbsup:
#5
schizoboy
If bay space is at a premium or you just prefer less drives this might be good value to them.

Otherwise the £55 £1tb's are pretty much half the price per *byte compared to this, so it comes down to whatever your priorities are basically.


Buy a bigger case!:-D
#6
This works great for me as now I can install this in my external caddy and backup volume shadow copies to it and my windows 7 system image
#7
Cold, 10 quid cheaper inc. delivery from LambdaTek £194
#8
JPS
2TB.....sweet - expect this to be 100 quid in a few months. 70 quid in 6.


in your dreams
but its £198 delivered at ebuyer too
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158614
#9
soormox
This works great for me as now I can install this in my external caddy and backup volume shadow copies to it and my windows 7 system image


Make sure your caddy supports 2tb drives as many dont support larger drives than 1tb.
#10
Good deal if you can only fit 1 hard drive in you case. Bad deal if you can fit more in the case, as 2 1gb hard drives work out a lot cheaper.
#11
jj584143
great price but would i trust 2tb's worth of data on one disk? thats a lot of data to lose and bearing in mind the new technology i'd rather buy 2 single terrabyte drivesand mirror the 2!
not voting on this one!


But then you only get 1TB of space, not 2TB. I agree that when you're talking about this much data that some sort of redundant raid is a good idea, but if someone is considering a 2TB drive, considering the premium they'll pay for it, they probably have 2TB of data.

At this price though, I'd be tempted to get three 1TB drives and raid5 them. Same amount of useable space as this drive, 35 quid cheaper, and one drive can die without you losing your data.

Of course three drives means three times as many bays being used, and three times the power used as one drive, but a drive uses a tiny amount of power and you've probably got a case big enough to house a fair few drives.

Impressive amount of space, but it's far from competitive in terms of £/GB compared with 1TB drives and it's far too dangerous to entrust 2TB of data to just one drive.
banned#12
Wowwwwwwwwwww
#13
3 year warranty for retail kit that surely can't be too far removed from prototypes !
not doubting the manufacturer's expectations but I wonder how they can reliably predict MTBF etc ?
Have they been running a bank of these on test for the last three years...
#14
Two many eggs in one basket.
#15
Rep for letting us know that it's hit the market and let's see how long it takes to hit a reasonable price.
#16
I think £120 to £130 will be about right for this when prices settle.
I say vote hot because people should know it's out, even if price is high at the moment.
#17
Whatever the size of drive, you'll need an offline back up if you value your data.

RAID1,5 is not a substitute for backups,

2TB is not too big, you'll have to buy another to back it up, or use a collection of smaller drives.

Whenever theres a jump in capacity, people say its too risky, you just need to mitigate the risk. I remember the first HD I bought, a full height 5.25 inch winchester with a grand total of 5Mb ISTR, that was considered too big too by some.

I'm not voting on this one, the cheapy NAS with the 1x2Tb drive is better value for £5ish more.
#18
bbasra
Two many eggs in one basket.


It's one hell of a basket though
#19
1987timestarved
Rep for letting us know that it's hit the market and let's see how long it takes to hit a reasonable price.


It already hit the market some time a go, but was priced at £250~.

This is a more reasonable price but I wouldn't pay more than £100 for this.
#20
1TB is the sweet spot IMO at the moment... 3 of these babies in RAID 5 is way out of my price range at the moment compared to 5 x 1TB
#21
jj584143
great price but would i trust 2tb's worth of data on one disk? thats a lot of data to lose and bearing in mind the new technology i'd rather buy 2 single terrabyte drivesand mirror the 2!
not voting on this one!


Mirroring drives is not a back-up solution.

laze
#22
not that of an expert on drives , but surely the seek times are longer as the data is spread round a larger physical area or more platters ? would you not get better performance out of two 1tb drives where there can both transmit/recieve through two SATA channels
Ok I supose if its just used as a dump or store as oposed to a drive in constant use.
#23
laze
Mirroring drives is not a back-up solution.

laze


So an exact copy of your data is not a backup, what's it called then? :giggle:
#24
fsa
Whatever the size of drive, you'll need an offline back up if you value your data.

RAID1,5 is not a substitute for backups,

2TB is not too big, you'll have to buy another to back it up, or use a collection of smaller drives.

Whenever theres a jump in capacity, people say its too risky, you just need to mitigate the risk. I remember the first HD I bought, a full height 5.25 inch winchester with a grand total of 5Mb ISTR, that was considered too big too by some.

I'm not voting on this one, the cheapy NAS with the 1x2Tb drive is better value for £5ish more.


For my situation I would agree the NAS for £5 more is better because I would just use it as network storage for various media forms on multiple PCs. However if you only have one PC why would you pay the extra for a slower drive?
#25
i recall buying a 1.6 gigabyte drive a long time ago and people guffawed over how unwise i was to put so much on one disk.
banned#26
technology is crazy, this increase to 2tb is just nuts!! i barely use 20GB. lol

soon we'll have a petabyte, lol
#27
zebrum
So an exact copy of your data is not a backup, what's it called then? :giggle:


Anything in the same building, much less the same physical machine isn't a backup, some would argue...
#29
These have been out for months and months ..... they were £200 when first released then price went up and is now back down to £200
#30
Boxrick
These have been out for months and months ..... they were £200 when first released then price went up and is now back down to £200


I believe they were originally £200 on pre-order/when unavailable/when released in the US. This is the first time we've seen them available at these prices.
#31
jj584143
great price but would i trust 2tb's worth of data on one disk? thats a lot of data to lose and bearing in mind the new technology i'd rather buy 2 single terrabyte drivesand mirror the 2!
not voting on this one!


How does that work then?
#32
I've got 4 1tb drives in my DROBO.
I'll add one of these when the price drops.
#33
jethro123
not that of an expert on drives , but surely the seek times are longer as the data is spread round a larger physical area or more platters ? would you not get better performance out of two 1tb drives where there can both transmit/recieve through two SATA channels
Ok I supose if its just used as a dump or store as oposed to a drive in constant use.


More data + same physical space = more dense data = lower seek time.

The fewer platters there are the lower the seek time. It's been a while since I looked at it but when I last did the fastest standard drives were the ones that had around 360GB per platter like the Samsung F1 (by 'standard' I mean not the raptors/SSD and the like, just the 72000rpm ones). Not sure of the platter setup of these but it's likely they're going to be no slouch, they're going to have had to have fitted a lot of data onto each platter to fit 2TB into the standard 3.5" form factor. So seek times are likely to be comparatively low.

And before anyone pulls me up on this, this is just conjecture, I've not researched this particularly drive, but no-one else has responded.
#34
I'm waiting for the 4TB :)
banned#35
jj584143;5562860
great price but would i trust 2tb's worth of data on one disk? thats a lot of data to lose and bearing in mind the new technology i'd rather buy 2 single terrabyte drivesand mirror the 2!
not voting on this one!


i dont quite follow your logic, do you think people will use the 2gb drives to store 1gb of data and a back up of the same data?
#36
i'll get this when its cheaper.

& for anyone saying "what if the drive dies? you'll lose all your data",
we'll, i would probably use a 2TB drive for my PC game installs - i can't really lose them as i would have the installation disc :thumbsup:
& i'm sure many people will do something similar.
plus, important data should be backed up regardless.

even though its expensive, this is the best deal u can get - HOT from me :)
#37
munaaf
in your dreams
but its £198 delivered at ebuyer too
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158614


Ok, we shall see....
#38
Kaprikawn
More data + same physical space = more dense data = lower seek time.

The fewer platters there are the lower the seek time. It's been a while since I looked at it but when I last did the fastest standard drives were the ones that had around 360GB per platter like the Samsung F1 (by 'standard' I mean not the raptors/SSD and the like, just the 72000rpm ones). Not sure of the platter setup of these but it's likely they're going to be no slouch, they're going to have had to have fitted a lot of data onto each platter to fit 2TB into the standard 3.5" form factor. So seek times are likely to be comparatively low.

And before anyone pulls me up on this, this is just conjecture, I've not researched this particularly drive, but no-one else has responded.


Review:http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/01/27/review_internal_hard_drive_wd_caviar_green_2tb/

"The first drive to pack 500GB of raw storage capacity on each platter" so should be pretty quick, though as it's a 'green' drive only spins at 5400rpm: "In the case of the 2TB Caviar Green, the notional speed is 5400rpm which results in a latency of 5.5ms rather than the 4.2ms you typically see on a 7200rpm drive." So what difference this makes in the real world I don't know....
#39
garethyoung
i recall buying a 1.6 gigabyte drive a long time ago and people guffawed over how unwise i was to put so much on one disk.


change your name to garethold please.


:whistling::whistling::p
#40
eh? 1TB is only £60 therefore just buy 2 x 1 TB. How can people be voting this hot....

you guys smoking crack or something

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