3TB on a Western Digital Caviar Green HDD
Late last year, WD and Seagate announced they will be able to cramp 3TB (that’s terabytes or 1,000GB) on a single disk. Three terabytes is already pretty massive even in this age of torrents and large full HD movies. Imagine if you have at least 2 of these in your desktop PC at home.
Western Digital Philippines sent us one of these 3TB drives to test out.
The disk is composed of 4 platters with each platter having a capacity of 750GB.
Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB
Read Seek: 15ms
A 3TB storage has an estimated capacity of 750,000 songs, or can store up to 600,000 photos and play up to 230 hours of movies/videos.
Unlike most of the low-capacity hard drives, installing and using the 3TB WD HDD isn’t just as simple as plug-and-play. My old Core 2 Quad Windows 7 system was able to detect the HDD and saw it install device drivers. However, the drive wasn’t showing up on File Manager after that. The device manager lists the correct model as well as 3rd party app Speccy. So I rebooted the PC and went on to BIOS to check the settings. Turns out it’s only detecting something like 860GB instead of the entire 3TB.
The WD Caviar Green 3TB sells for around Php9,800 in stores.