Friday, January 30, 2009

Western Digital Announce 2 Terabyte Hard Drive

Where will this all end? Hopefully it won't. Western Digital has announced a 2 terabyte hard drive. That's right, it's roughly 2000GB!

I remember when I installed my first 1GB drive in the 90's and a snooty tech illiterate friend told me, "No one will ever fill 1 gig. Why did you waste your money on that?" For the record he was wrong and I love being right.

Anyway, hard drive capacities keep expanding. In dentistry there was once concern that all of our images would cause storage problems, but that fear died a few years ago. Now we can be sure of plenty of storage and adequate room for backups.

Here is a great quote from Mark Geenen, President of Trend Focus, “While some in the industry wondered if the end consumer would buy a 1 TB drive, already some 10 percent of 3.5″ hard drive sales are at the 1 TB level or higher, serving demand from video applications and expanding consumer media libraries. The 2 TB hard drives will continue to satisfy end user’s insatiable desire to store more data on ever larger hard drives.”

Here are the specs from the Western Digital website:

Reduced power consumption - WD has reduced power consumption by up to 40 percent compared to standard desktop drives with the combination of WD's IntelliSeek™, NoTouch™, and IntelliPower™ technologies.
Helps enable eco-friendly PCs - WD Caviar Green drives yield an average drive power savings of 4-5 watts over standard desktop drives making it possible for our energy-conscious customers to build systems with higher capacities and the right balance of system performance, ensured reliability, and energy conservation.
Cool and quiet - GreenPower™ technology yields lower operating temperatures for increased reliability and low acoustics for ultra-quiet PCs and external drives.
Massive capacity - Capacities up to 2 TB offer the most available capacity for storage-intensive programs and space-hungry operating systems, like Window Vista®, with plenty of room left over for photos, music, and video.
Perfect for external drives - External drive manufacturers can eliminate the need for a fan in a high-capacity product with a WD Caviar Green drive, the coolest and quietest in its class.
IntelliPower - A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance.
IntelliSeek - Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise, and vibration. View demo >
NoTouch ramp load technology - The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.
Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) - Employs PMR technology to achieve even greater areal density.
StableTrac™ - The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking, during read and write operations. (2 TB models only)
Low power spin-up - WD Caviar Green drives consume less current during startup allowing lower peak loads.
Advanced power technology - Electronic components deliver best-in-class low power consumption for reduced power requirements and increased reliability.
Ideal For

Environmentally friendly PCs and external storage requiring lower power consumption and cool, quiet operation.

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