Western Digital's 2.5TB and 3TB Caviar Green is now available

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    http://www.techarp.com/showarticle.aspx?artno=694

    Their sources are saying that all models (Blue, Green and Black) will be upgraded with 3TB models. Prices and availability are unknown since this is not official but in the past WD's policy has been that they don't release something that they can't provide yet so these behemoths should ship in 2-3 weeks.

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    WD My Book Essential has been updated with 3TB option and it uses USB 3.0 interface, 249$ for 3TB version, should be around 220$ from resellers. It uses 5400rpm Caviar Green.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3964/w...rives-hits-3tb
    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=884

    Standalone drives should be available "shortly" according to WD.

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    UPDATE:

    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=866
    http://www.techpowerup.com/133017/W...ar-Green-2.5-TB-and-3-TB-SATA-Hard-Drive.html

    According to that article, 2.5TB is 189$ and 3TB is 239$. I bet they will be cheaper through resellers.
     
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    this is some quite wonderful news! do we have any idea on prices yet? i may be interested!

    lets hope that these do not overheat like the WD externals ;) and that performance is optimal :D
     
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    Saweeet!

    I can finally realise my plans for media domination. Move over Seagate!
     
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    Lol I need to get you some eyeglasses :p

    Well, the 3TB Seagate goes for 199US IIRC so at least the Caviar Green should go for around 200 bucks to compete against the Seagate
     
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    i think i am going blind! forgive me :(

    $200. that is decent. quite more expensive then the ~$140US though. seems like a good investment!

    cannot wait for performance :D
     
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    At least the exchange rate is in Australia's favour atm, we should see some decent introductory prices at least. I'm hoping for at most 240$ for a Green 3TB.
     
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    2TB for $148aus, 3TB for $240aus. doesnt seem in proportions much, but that is to be expected. i will wait a month or 2 then purchase the price reduced 2TBs :) seems a good plan, best value.
     
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    Sounds awesome, does this potentially give Apple the ability to use 3TB HDD in the Time Capsule? $200 is that it, wow Apple branded HDDs are expensive! HellHammer do you know what connections they have, USB3.0/Ethernet/Firewire? regards, skate71290
     
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    Awesome..

    Good thing I don't have the money yet to buy HDD's for my Mac Pro yet :p

    Otherwise I would've gotten 2TB drives already... upcoming 3TB drives is good reason to wait (aside from not having money) :)
     
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    They are just normal 3.5" HDs with SATA 3Gb/s (or 6Gb/s?) connector so you can buy one and then use it wherever you want, including USB 3.0, FW800 or Ethernet (NAT) enclosure.

    The article also says that WD will release 3TB externals so I would guess that there is at least USB 2.0 and 3.0 versions.
     
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    How many of you guys will use even half of that harddrive space before the drive dies?
     
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    Its not as hard as it sounds, especially if you have alot of video
     
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    Damn, just bought a bunch of 2TB RE4 drives and black drives
     
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    ive filled up 2TB in a few months, i require lots more space. it goes very quickly.
     
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    Pretty much any kind of physical media that can be turned digital I put on my computer, then it also gets backed up. Only thing I don't keep records of air small receipts - for places like dunkin donuts, 7-11, blimpie, etc..

    Rarely home so I have to keep everything remotely accessible.
     
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    3TB ain't that hard to fill up. Rip or download few Blu-Rays that are 40-50GB each and you have filled 3TB. I ripped a season of a TV show and it takes roughly 40GB of space. That's just one season.

    Besides, unless the drive is defective, it's going to last for years. I'm still using an external HD that I bought in 2006
     
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    yeh totally - Friends season rips take up 220GB FWIW ;)

    you MUST tell me once you hear about pricing! i am getting desperate for storage hey.
     
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    Seriously, you need a pair of eyeglasses :D
     
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    that doesnt tell me where it specifies the price. and i dont give a rats about the external USB - its crap!

    however, yeh i missed that post :p

    5400rpm? i thought greens were 5900rpm (according to nano anyway?).
     
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    http://store.westerndigital.com/sto...goryID.13093400/parid.13092300/catid.13092800

    It's external but gives a rough estimate of the standalone price. At least we know it shouldn't be more than 250US, probably around 200$ from resellers.

    You or Nano are mixing Caviar Greens with Seagate Barracuda. According to WD, Greens use IntelliPower which means it varies between 5400rpm and 7200rpm but generally, they are known as 5400rpm drives.
     
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    i would be very happy with $200US - because that is $203Aus :) but of course, they would charge extra tax or something so $220Aus by the looks of it.

    i think you are missing something here. from what i recall, the spindle speeds for an individual drive are static. however put two drives next to each other and they spin at different speeds. WD "fine tunes" each drive to give the best power/noise ratio, but they are not "variable" spindle speeds, persay.

    i recall them being around 5900rpm.
     
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