Home > Hardware > The World’s First 3TB External Desktop Drive The World’s First 3TB External Desktop Drive Submitted by Skeletor 2010-06-30 Hardware 20 Comments Archivers rejoice! Seagate introduces the world’s first 3TB external HDD. One can fit up to 120 HD movies or 1,500 video games on this 3.5 inch thick external hard drive. About The Author David Adams Follow me on Twitter @david_adams 20 Comments 2010-06-30 8:45 pm Fergy 2 1.5TB drives? 2010-06-30 10:18 pm evert no eSATA, so not worth looking at (especially at this size) 2010-07-01 12:22 am woegjiub Gods damn it, the rate of hard drive growth has slowed to a snail’s pace; my PC’s sata slots are all filled with 2TB drives, and I have run out of room… I am desperately awaiting the next jump in capacity. This is a measly 3TB, and it is external-only – meaning probably dual HDD just like the first “2TB” drives… Who would buy this? It is too large for average people, and too small for high end users/pirates. Is there a market for this at all? 2010-07-02 2:00 am Laurence Gods damn it, the rate of hard drive growth has slowed to a snail’s pace; my PC’s sata slots are all filled with 2TB drives, and I have run out of room… I am desperately awaiting the next jump in capacity. You wont have long to wait: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/30/4tb_hdd/ (Brace yourself for 4TB drives next year) 2010-07-01 1:34 am BlueofRainbow With the availability of such drive capacities, I would not be surprised if the next generation of mainstream OSes (some of which are already beeing discussed in these pages) will be distributed on a Blu-Ray disc and expand to 150 GB on installation! By the way, how long would it take to download the leaked torrent of such bloated OS? I wonder what will be the back-up medium for such 3TB monster…..100 GB? 500 GB? 2010-07-03 3:51 pm Zbigniew No – because backup media usually has to be of _bigger_ capacity. 2010-07-01 6:47 am Kroc External? No thanks. Iâ€™ve learnt to keep as much distance as possible from these external drives: * Firmware tries to be “smart” acting in between you and the actual platters causing the thing to run slow as crap over USB * Usually saves everything as FAT32 in managed partitions so that it works “on Mac and PC” * Doesnâ€™t let you have raw access to the platters, canâ€™t partition how you please * SLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW Give me a real bus like eSata or FW and nothing more than a hard disk on the end of a cable and none of this “smart” crap between the two, thanks. 2010-07-01 6:58 am Darkmage buy it open it, shove it in your pc. Enjoy 3tb hdd internally. 2010-07-01 9:10 am Soulbender I don’t know what shitty external USD drives you’ve been using but no external USB HD I’ve used (Fujitsu and WD) prevents you from partitioning and formatting them in any way you like. WD’s are using NTFS by default, btw. Maybe it’s just USB drives made for Mac’s that sucks so bad. 2010-07-01 8:56 am MrVain I am hesitant to use such a big disc, because of data corruption issues. If you look at the data sheet of any disc, you see “1 error in 10^15 bits”. There are lots of bits on a 3TB disc, so there are bound to be many corrupted bits. So…. I dont know… 2010-07-01 9:19 am Nagilum If you look at the data sheet of any disc, you see “1 error in 10^15 bits”. There are lots of bits on a 3TB disc, so there are bound to be many corrupted bits. erm no, 10^15bits equate to 118 TB So you’d have to fill the drive 37 times to get one bit error on average. Not a huge number but still, filling a 3TB drive 37 times takes a lot of time and if you’re really worried you could just use ZFS. 2010-07-01 1:25 pm MrVain No, I havent made myself clear. Let me try again. It is not about filling up the drive 37 times. It is about how many bits you read. One day you read many bits, even though you may only have 100 GB data on your drive. And if you use a big raid from where you can read many bits each seconds, you have quite soon reached 10^15 bits. 2010-07-01 1:20 pm DriverDude The biggest surprise for a lot of people is it won’t work on Windows XP. 2010-07-01 4:10 pm Neolander One day, HDD manufacturers will realize that people do not need increased capacity, but that they crave for increased data transfer speed and lifetime. However, it will take some time. Let the SSD thing become more widespread. Once it has reached equivalent density to HDD and will start to beat it, HDD manufacturers will finally understand that they can and must make their product store data reliably for more than 10 years of average use. It’s trivial to store data more reliably at the expense of storage density… Edited 2010-07-01 16:12 UTC 2010-07-03 6:36 am Soulbender HDD’s are coming to an end. It’s obvious that we are reaching the maximum platter capacity that can be reliably used. What we need is better mass-storage technologies. Is SSD the answer? Maybe, but only when I can get a 1TB SSD device for the same price as a 1TB HDD. 2010-07-03 8:55 am MrVain I think HHDs are here to stay for large mass storage. But SSD for fast storage. Maybe you will have SSD as a system drive and an external big HDD for mass storage. 2010-07-04 11:14 am Neolander My point was that if HDD manufacturers continue to favor storage density, they’re going to hit a big wall, because in the end SSD wins in that area. In my opinion, if those guy want to keep their job a bit longer, they have to compete with SSD in an area where it is notoriously bad : lifetime and reliability. HDDs can last much more than they currently do while keeping a sufficient storage capacity for most uses (except high-res media file storage). Whether SSDs can be made long-lived, on the other hand, still remains to be seen. 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