Western Digital Expands High Performance WD Black Hard Drive Line to 4TB

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Rp3589

@gothliciouz, It is an external 3 TB hard drive from Seagate for $99.99. You can find them at Costco and Best Buy on Black friday. Good luck tho

http://blackfriday.com/products/11979-seagate-backup-plus-3tb-external-usb-3-0-hard-drive

http://www.costco.com/Seagate-Backup-Plus-3TB-Desktop-Drive.product.100007783.html

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Scatter

You know, its kind of funny with hard drives. I've stopped caring about the size increases of them because its gotten to the point where they can hold much more than I can afford to lose when they fail.

Do you really want to impress me Western Digital? If so then stop cutting the length of your warranties and concentrate on making your drives more reliable.

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joshnorem

FWIW the previous WD 4TB RE drive had a 5-year warranty also. 

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stradric

The Caviar Blacks have 5 year warranties and are quite reliable. I defy you to find other 5 year warranty drives on the market.

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Scatter

Maybe the Caviars do but the slower drives all seem to have one year warranties and can't seem to manage to even last that long. What is that supposed to tell us as far as far as quality goes?

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joshnorem

The Hitachi 7K4000 has a five year warranty. A lot of SSDs have them as well now too. But it's uncommon, for sure. 

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gothliciouz

i don't think data recovery is under the warranty.

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praetor_alpha

And again, WD shows no love for its blue line. I love my WD6400AAKS.

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Hey.That_Dude

They need to get off their arses and start buckling down on density. Really? a 4TB drive JUST NOW? OR for the same price I can get a Raid 0 array of three Samsung 830's for a total of 384 GB and a throughput of around 1320 MBps. Or just get a 512 GB drive with a 500 MBps throughput.
Where is that laser based heat assisted technology they were talking about? Where are my 10TB drives for $200?

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LatiosXT

As great as it is that SSDs are now affordable to many, it's also a doomed technology. It's reliability and life span caves in when Moore's Law is applied to it. SSDs from a few years ago could withstand millions of PE cycles, 32nm SSDs can withstand tens of thousands of PE cycles. The latest and greatest 22nm SSDs? A few thousand. And it's not just PE cycles, error rates supposedly blow up as well.

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Hey.That_Dude

Correction: NAND SSD's as YOU know them are doomed. I don't think SOLID STATE DRIVES as a whole are doomed (i.e. solid state != NAND, it's a huge misconception). There are plenty of Solid State technologies being explored that offer speed and density but aren't fully developed from a marketing perspective.
As for error rates... same goes with capacity increases. One bad sector on a hard drive can mean all 4 TB are gone.

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HiGHRoLLeR038

Correct me if I'm wrong, but hasnt Hitachi had a 4TB drive for almost a year now? What took so long for WD? And where's Seagate in the 4TB game?

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stradric

The Caviar Blacks are enterprise grade. That's why this is significant. High capacity and high performance. It has a 5 year warranty. HGSTs are 3 years.

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