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Western Digital launches 3TB Caviar Green hard drive

By Matthew
Oct 19, 2010
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  1. Two weeks after announcing its 3TB My Book Essential external storage drive, Western Digital has launched the first bootable 3TB desktop HDD. The WD30EZRSDTL is the latest in Western Digital's Caviar Green line and features four 750GB platters pancaked into a standard 3.5-inch casing. It spins 5400RPM, uses SATA 3Gb/s to interface with the host machine, and utilizes Advanced Format (AF), which uses 4KB sectors instead of the typical 512-byte sectors.

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  2. KG363

    KG363 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 524   +9

    Almost unbelievable
  3. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TechSpot Guru Posts: 802   +87

    Use an SSD for your OS and then point your User files to the other drive. I have a 4tb partition using four 1tb wd black w/ 64mb cache and it's extremely fast. 330MB/s burst, 220MB/s sustained, but the random seek is 14ms.
  4. KG363

    KG363 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 524   +9

    I assume with speeds like that, you're using RAID 0? If one of those fails, you loose everything. I believe that RAID 0 is never worth it unless it's all backed up
  5. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,930   +123 Staff Member

    Is it possible to use this as a boot drive if you create two partitions and make the boot partition smaller than 2TB on a normal BIOS mainboard that does not support EFI?
  6. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 616

    Can I join the club?; This is close to amazing!
  7. jazboy

    jazboy Newcomer, in training Posts: 112

    I will wait a little for price to come down. ..
  8. Davidoff

    Davidoff TechSpot Member Posts: 46

    i'd stick with caviar black :)
  9. Micael

    Micael Newcomer, in training Posts: 37

    It's about time we stop using BIOS and start the transition to UEFI. Nice job WD.


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