Western Digital is the first to release a 2 terabyte hard drive.

In the ongoing race to give you ever increasing room to store all your pirated music, movies, and Internet porn the folks at Western Digital have just announced the world’s first “Green” 2TB consumer level hard drive:

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

[…] “Saving power without sacrificing storage capacity is what consumers want, and what many businesses are requiring today. With the launch of the new WD Caviar Green 2 TB hard drive, customers receive the additional capacities needed to operate today’s highly advanced programs and high-resolution digital files while using less power than typical drives with similar performance and capacities,” said Jim Morris, WD senior vice president and general manager of client systems.

The initial price is set at around $299, which is a tad high when you consider you can pick up a pair of 1TB hard drives for around a $100 less. Newegg.com has 1TBs from Samsung and Hitachi selling for $94.99 and I’ve seen sales put them in the $80 range. Presumably it won’t be long before the other manufacturers have 2TB models out and the prices start to drop just as quickly. This could mean we’ll see 1TB drive selling for well under $100 within the next year or so if current trends continue.

For someone like me who can remember running an old BBS on his Commodore 64 with four SFD 1001 disk drives through an IEEE interface card for a whopping 4.02 MB of storage it’s amazing to think that 1TB drives are not only a reality, but fairly affordable. I can remember the amazement I had later when I ran the BBS on my Amiga and managed to borrow one of the first 1GB hard drives for storage. The damn thing was so big I couldn’t fit it inside the Amiga 2000 I was using and I had to run a cable out of the back of the machine to the drive sitting on anti-static foam on the desk next to the computer. Every time the drive was accessed it would bounce around like a Mexican jumping bean. Hell, the hard drive in the Compaq Presario 4712 PC I bought in 1996, the one and only pre-built Windows PC I’ve ever bought, only had a 2.5GB hard drive in it. Two terabytes in a single hard drive is amazing to me.

10 thoughts on “Western Digital is the first to release a 2 terabyte hard drive.

  1. Its still a WD pile of shit. The whole “green” thing means it will park the heads and spin down after a few minutes exactly like their MyBook drives, and there is no way to disable/bypass it. That means the same very annoying 3 second wait for it to spin back to life.

    Not to mention WD’s crappy quality and DOA reputation.

  2. The prices of external drives has also dropped accordingly. I just picked up a 1TB Seagate for $130 at Best Buy that I’m now using to back up all my stuff. I have too many irreplaceable files I don’t want to lose in the event my PC goes toast. There’s even ample room for me to rip my entire CD collection – in WAV. Once I’m done backing up everything, I’ll stash the drive in a safe place off-site. Just in case.

  3. I got two Maxtor externals for my backups.  I’ve far outgrown burning to discs.  One in the firesafe, one in the safe deposit box.  Each cost a little over $100, but I’d give more than that if I lost all that data.  Not to mention it’ll be easier to transfer to new media down the line. Fortunately, my backup reqs are under 1/2 TB, so I’m good on space. 

    My first system was a TRS-80 Coco II with 16k ram.  That’s a LOT of memory when you don’t have a disk drive and don’t know how to type wink  I think my cassette drive game took up like 4k.

  4. Anyone heard or have a guess how long it will be until a 1TB solid state memory drive is out?  What size are they up to nowadays for flash memory?

  5. The largest SSD listed on Newegg.com is 256GB. There’s two models from two different companies and they’ll set you back just this side of $500.

  6. So, if Moore’s Law is still a valid yardstick, that would get us to a 1TB SSD in about 4 years. Whether or not that will be affordable then remains to be seen.

  7. Yep, about 4 years seems to be reasonable. What also make a big difference is if you’re looking for single or multi-layer chip SSDs. Single layers are faster, more reliable and last longer, but multi-layer is cheaper and, obviously, more dense per chip.

    By that time we might be up to 20+TB hard drives and 1TB will be like 80gb is today.

  8. While it’s still a ways off in the future from a mass-marketing perspective, the specter of SSDs has hard disk manufacturers deeply concerned. Seagate launched a patent infringement suit against one SSD mfr. last year.

    I love it when some new, disruptive technology comes along. Good to stir the pot once in a while.

  9. I don’t think the hard drive makers are that worried about it just yet. If worse comes to worst they’ll just start producing them themselves. Some of them already are.

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