WD’s new 2TB drive offers a total of 32MB of cache and is a four-platter design (500GB per platter); arreal density is up to 400GB/inch2. The earliest 1TB drives used five platters; Western Digital’s 2TB Green is, in some sense, a bit ahead of the original 1TB curve.
WD states that the 2TB drive is already available “at select resellers and distributors;” MSRP on the retail model (WD20EADS) is set at $299. According to NewEgg, the OEM 1TB retail Caviar is still $219.99 (16MB cache), while the OEM 1TB WD RE3 (32MB cache) is $189. A retail 2TB drive for $299 is therefore something of a deal. If you prefer to buy OEM, the 2TB is a weaker offering–Samsung and Hitachi are both offering 1TB drives for below $100 and the Seagate 1.5TB is $129.99.
With economic times as nasty as they’ve been recently, Western Digital is rumored to be considering a series of unique marketing incentives to boost consumer uptake of the new hard drive. A secret marketing strategy where the first first 69 buyers at every outlet where Western Digital products are sold would be rewarded with a 2TB Green Western Digital hard drive, featuring samples, teasers, and trailers for all the self-produced porn found within the artist’s various e-mail accounts.
A whooping 2TB of space plus free steaming data(porn), why don’t go grab one! Now you get what the “Green” means?