View Full Version : Monster Hard Drive Begins Shipping!

08-01-2002, 03:44 AM
Western Digital, hard drive makers extraordinaire, has begun shipping their new 200 gigabyte (GB) monster hard drive (HD) in small quantities this week. Aptly nicknames "Drivezilla," the new disk drive, which belongs to Western Digital's new family of Caviar Disk Drives (monster drives with capacities ranging from 120GB to 200GB), spins at a blazing 7,200 revolutions per minute (RPM), will soon be surfacing at retail PC stores and online, and is expected to make an appearance in new desktop PCs later this quarter.
"Drivezilla" will give high-end consumer PCs a whopping 80GB more storage than most HDs now have. The majority of top-of-the-line PCs come with 120GB drives, though most manufacturers offer desktop PCs that can fit two 120GB hard drives in order to offer more data storage capacity.

In order to make Drivezilla efficient and accommodating for PCs, Western Digital had to work to increase the areal density - the amount of data the drive can store per square inch. Drivezilla can cram up to 66.7 GB of data on each platter. Platters, which resemble CDs or records, are the basis for storing data on a hard drive. Manufacturers such as Western Digital stack the platters to reach different storage capacities. The new 120 GB hard drives use two platters to reach their capacity; accordingly, to reach 200 GB, Drivezilla uses three.

Most hard disk drive makers in the industry, such as Seagate, have surpassed the previous record mark of 40 GB per platter, but have not yet offered drive capacities higher than 160 GB. Drivezilla's closest competitor, Maxtor's DiamondMax D540X hard drive, reaches a capacity of up to 160 GB, but has rotational speed of 5,400 RPM, much slower than Drivezilla's 7,200 RPM. The higher the rotational speed, the faster the drive can access and transfer data.

However, Drivezilla's initial price tag of $399 US dollars is slightly higher than other high-end drives when they were first released. Because of its larger capacity, Drivezilla will likely be one of the first widely available HDs to utilize the new interface between drives and PCs. The previous interface, which held a barrier to hard drive capacity of 137 GB, restricted developers from pushing the limits of hard drive capacities. The updated interface is capable of dealing with 144 petabytes of date should a drive of that size be available - over 120,000 times larger than the previous barrier of 137 GB.

Since most consumers don't buy new computers every day, the new, updated interface is expected to take some time to spread widely into the PC market. Because of this, Western Digital is taking measures to ensure the new line of Caviar drives will function on PCs. However, the only operating system (OS) with built-in support for the massive drives in Microsoft XP's Service Pack 1 - an XP update due out next month for the OS.

For those PC owners without the updated XP Service Pack, Western Digital is including a special controlling card and software with retail purchases of the drives to allow its drives to function without the built-in support. With the new interface beginning to filter into the realm of Personal Computers, HD developments will begin to push for areal densities of up to 100 GB per platter - densities that could allow hard drive capacities to reach up to 400 GB by the end of 2003.

We'll be keeping our ear to the ground for more developments concerning these matters, so we'll keep you posted.

Your Thoughts?

08-01-2002, 08:29 AM
h4h4, "Dr1vezill4!"

Run for j00r lives! Driv3zilla is coming!!!


Sw3et! It's 7,200 RPM- I th0ugh it would've be3n 5,400RPM!!

Does it use ATA133?

xXx Beaver xXx
08-03-2002, 10:17 PM
Awesome size, I could store a whole lot of my music and movie files on that big momma!

- Triple X Beaver :spin smil

08-04-2002, 01:00 AM
It's kind of crazy. A 80GB hard drive was selling at $250 less than a year ago, now it's only $130. Hard drive prices are falling even faster than Pentiums.

08-05-2002, 09:21 AM
Y3ah, it IS crazy. But this kind of madn3ss I can live with!

08-13-2002, 12:25 PM
Better question is:

Does it support Serial ATA?