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Western Digital Unveils Record 2TB HDD

Gordon Kelly


Western Digital Unveils Record 2TB HDD

There has been crazy little fanfare for this behemoth, but fanfare we shall give it...

The 3.5in 'WD20EADS' is the world's first 2TB internal HDD and creator Western Digital has not only skipped any form of official press release but also begun shipping it to consumers (in Australia) without the slightest warning.

Interesting for such a giant, the WD20EADS is nippy too with a fast 7,200RPM spin speed ably backed up by 32MB of cache and an SATA II 3GBps interface. It also comes with a very reasonable $377.80 AUD RRP which roughly translates to £178 - something of a snip compared to the latest SSDs which still retail at around 3x/4x that for less than one tenth the capacity (despite their obvious benefits).

Unfortunately there is no word yet from WD as to when this humongous hard drive will appear in the rest of the world - primarily because there is simply no word from WD - but I suspect we'll start seeing it in limited quantities by early February.

As ever in these things: Seagate, ball's in your court...

Update: WD has now officially announced the drive and the key fact we learn is sadly pricing was wildly optimistic. It's actually 299 euros over here (approx. £279 *exchange rate heart attack*) so that convenience currently comes at a considerable cost. Is it worth it? Check our exclusive review coming out today... Surprise!


WD WD20EADS Product Listing


January 27, 2009, 12:22 pm

Good news :) Now i can replace all 3 drives in my system with just one :)

Or double my space...

P.s. Typo in line two "GB instead of 2TB!

Martin 6

January 27, 2009, 12:56 pm

"The 3.5in 'WD20EADS' is the world's first 2GB internal HDD"

Has Gordon Got so Excited He missed the T and hit G instead?

Jay Werfalli

January 27, 2009, 1:12 pm

Typo fixed thanks!


January 27, 2009, 1:52 pm

No ball in Seagate's court: I already have a bricked 1T Seagate drive and a mediocre 1.5T Seagate one (mediocre because it can't be used in RAID, it can't copy data without errors and I am wondering if or when will it brick like the 1T did). So, Seagate, please leave the court.

Hopefully, WD will do better and checks their firmwares before releasing time-bombs to the consumers.


January 27, 2009, 2:05 pm

300GB "data loss" when you format - yum!


January 27, 2009, 7:05 pm

@It's actually 299 euros over here (approx. &#163279 *exchange rate heart attack*)

Yep, were still rip of Britain during a Recession.

The thing is your calculation of &#163178 wouldn't be too bad, still more than have 2T's thought.


January 27, 2009, 7:45 pm

They're available for preorder here for &#163207:


I don't really see why you'd want one as your system drive given the performance hit you'll get with such a large drive, and you can get 4 640GB drive (~2.5TB) which are cheaper and faster. They would be great if you just want lots of data storage, but then again, external 2TB drives have been available for a while now. I expect these would be ideal for a HTPC setup though, and much better than the 1.5TB Seagate drive which from what I have heard has lots of issues and problems with recent firmware updates destroying drives.

@ Darfuria. What is this 'data loss' you speak of? Or are you referring to the decimal/binary prefix confusion?


January 27, 2009, 7:46 pm

Ahhh reassuringly expensive.


January 27, 2009, 7:50 pm

And no sooner do I post a comment than you put up the review. My that was fast!

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