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Watch.impress.co.jp is reporting that Western Digital has quietly updated its Caviar GP line of drives in Asia with a platter density of 334GB in the 1TB capacity drive. Currently WD is offering two 334GB-per-platter hard drives, the 320GB (only the latest generation) and 640GB WD Caviar SE16 models. The 1TB to join with three 334GB platters is WD Caviar GP (Green Power) model number WD10EACS-00D6B0. The drive is manufactured on 12 May, 2008. Presumably, all 1TB Caviar GP drives manufactured after this date will use 334GB platters. Other specs of the drive remain the same with 16MB buffer size and 7200 rpm spindle speed.


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nice
cooler and quieter 1TB drives
but how do you tell if they are 3 or 4 platters?
    
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When did drives begin getting multiple platters?

Seems very risky to me.
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Look in the middle screen. TA 334Gb/P
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When did drives begin getting multiple platters?

Seems very risky to me.
Woah there buddy.
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Hard drives have had multiple platters for a long time. More platters, more memory possible on the limited size and density of the magnetic coating..
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More platters, more chance for a breakdown.

To me it makes more sense for WD to invest engineering capitol into making a single platter hold 1 TB
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More platters, more chance for a breakdown.

To me it makes more sense for WD to invest engineering capitol into making a single platter hold 1 TB
you obviously are lost here dude.
Hard drives have had multiple platters for awhile now.
Most (all?) TB hard drives have more then 1 platter. I dont think they've come up with a single 1TB plater yet.
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post #9 of 19
Pretty much all drives have more than one platter. Your hard drive does
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When did drives begin getting multiple platters?

Seems very risky to me.
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Wow, $180 for a new WD 1TB drive, I wish they had this price at newegg.com

Are you noobs? Commercial harddrives always had multiple platters, probably even before 1980s with hdd the size of A4 paper (8.5x11in) in those times. The biggest size platters you see now are the current best density technology, which is obviously 334GB on a platter.
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