The drive won’t find its way into too many home PCs but Windows Media Centre enthusiasts will certainly covet it. It will find its way into satellite and cable TV providers Network Attached Storage racks (NAS), perhaps into set top boxes (although these tend to use much smaller capacity 2.5” AV rated drives) and the video surveillance industry will snap them up.
Whats the difference between a normal HDD and an AV rated HDD?
Imagine that a standard hard disk is a 4 lane highway. This AV drive has 16 HD lanes and can stretch to 20 SD lanes – that is real bandwidth so it can record and serve more content at the same time. Standard hard disks will run 24x7 but their mean time between failure is shorter. This AV drive will run 24x7 and has a .55% percent annual failure rate (8,760 power on hours expected life). Cache size is 64MB, 7200 RPM speed and it can achieve 6Gb/s SATA transfer rates (with the right controller). A normal HDD is audibly noticeable. This AV drive creates only 2.3dB background noise and is energy and cooling efficient.
Price and availability is TBA but expect under US$400 (Model ST4000VM000 - this will not be a low cost drive!!!).