Western Digital announced today that they’d soon be shipping the world’s first two terabyte hard drive. When I spoke with Western Digital at CES they were adamant about pushing the boundaries of traditional storage technology, and clearly we can start to see the fruits of that labor.
The new 2TB Caviar Green hard drive is built on Western Digital’s recently announced 500GB platter system, meaning each of these drives will use four 500GB spinning platters. They also come with 32MB cache. It’ll be interesting to see how much faster these drives are with such high areal densities. Western Digital is no stranger to fast hard drives, between its VelociRaptor and 640GB hard drive, loved by enthusiasts for its affordable speed (and it only used 320GB platters).
As a part of its Caviar Green line, WD claims that the hard consumes roughly 40% less power than its more traditional counterparts. All that density, speed, and ecofriendly technology won’t come cheap, though; the new hard drives list at $299, which equals out to fifteen cents (US) per gigabyte. For reference, WD’s 1 TB Caviar Green drives run about eleven cents per gigabyte. The drives are available now.
WD product page on the 2TB Caviar Green drive