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[Cnet] WD teases with Thunderbolt drive demo

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There's not much information about the drive, but one thing is clear: this is a dual-bay drive, meaning that it hosts two internal hard drives. These hard drives are more than likely set up in a RAID configuration.
In the sneak peek, there were four drives daisy-chained together and the demo machine showed a top performance of around 515MBps for writing and 770MBps for reading, which is as good as it gets when it comes to storage performance.

Wow, that's pretty nice speed, more than likely their 2 - 3TB HDDs RAID-ed. This is just a sneak peak with more info coming during MacWorld Expo next month. Price might be $500, but hey, that's 6 years of backups for me.
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I thought it was an Apple product at first when I looked at the picture. The picture of the drive on the little poster looks like the ad was inspired by apple too.
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Nice to see thunderbolt is becoming more common and new devices are beginning to release with it.
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They should have teased me with a $70 1tb black.
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They should have teased me with a $70 1tb black.

Ha, not with these HDD prices! You've got at least until the end of this year before we start seeing those prices again.

I noticed that the MyBook 6TB that this is based on is around $500, so I'm expecting anywhere from $650-$700. Still not bad for a 6TB RAID drive.
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Ha, not with these HDD prices! You've got at least until the end of this year before we start seeing those prices again.
I noticed that the MyBook 6TB that this is based on is around $500, so I'm expecting anywhere from $650-$700. Still not bad for a 6TB RAID drive.

I'd rather get myself 6-7 Hitachi 7K1000.D's instead.
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does this come with thunderbolt pci-e adapter/controller card? if not how am i supposed to use it and why would consumers buy it if usb is cheaper. should have made cheaper, faster, larger and more efficient HDDs
 
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does this come with thunderbolt pci-e adapter/controller card? if not how am i supposed to use it and why would consumers buy it if usb is cheaper. should have made cheaper, faster, larger and more efficient HDDs

A Thunderbolt PCI-e card might never exist, but that might change as Thunderbolt becomes more mainstream. Intel will be releasing new motherboards with Ivy Bridge that have Thunderbolt on them as well as quite a few ultrabooks and laptops having it. This one really is made for people who is going to have TB already. They do have a USB/FW800/eSATA model that is around $500, but I don't think it's out yet.

I'd probably use a drive this size for my Time Machine backup/junk drive as I'm not planning on doing another major upgrade to my desktop system until at least Haswell.

Development for drives are kind of at a standstill due to the lower production output and with trying to bring quality control back up to what it was pre-flood.

As this is being released by WD, it'll be cheaper than other drives we've been seeing that were in the $1k range.
Edited by Lareson - 1/10/12 at 6:20pm
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Will there be also lower storage drives some time after these ? Might hit better price, and i would get dual 2TB ones probably if decently priced.
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