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World's first 2Tb drive launched in Australia

World's first 2Tb drive launched in Australia

Disk designed to run cooler and reduce power consumption

The world's first 2TB 3.5 inch hard drive will hit Australian shores within a week in what the manufacturer claims is the highest capacity disk of its kind.

The Caviar Green internal drive, manufactured by Western Digital, will arrive a week after its release in the United States and is targeted to businesses and consumers.

Trend Focus president Mark Geenen said the device is designed to minimise heat generation and power consumption.

“Already some 10 percent of 3.5-inch hard drive sales are at the 1TB level or higher, serving demand from video applications and expanding consumer media libraries,” Geenen said in a written statement.

"The 2 TB hard drives will continue to satisfy end user's insatiable desire to store more data on larger drives."

The disk can be used in USB, FireWire and eSATA external hard drives, desktop computers, and RAID environments. It uses the company's 500 GB/platter technology (with 400 Gb/in2 areal density) and a 32Mb cache.

The disk includes the company's Stabletrac system, which secures the motor shaft at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilise platters for accurate tracking during read and write; Intellipower, which improves the balance of spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms; Intelliseek, which optimises seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise, and vibration; and Notouch, designed to prevent the recording head from touching the disk media and reduce wear to the recording head and media.

The disk will cost $469 and will be available through Achieva, Todaytech, Synnex and Westan.

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