Western Digital’s 2TB hard drive comes out in February this year, and it looks like storage density is continuing in it’s trend of awesomeness.

So much so that even at a price of AUD$419 per disk at release (versus $159 for a 1TB in the same series), storage is now reaching the density that I’d consider using an off-the-shelf NAS storage solution again.

Historically, I’ve been quite keen on the Thecus N5200BR Pro - however it’s price point has been rather high - about $1300 to look after 5 disks (which back in the day was 4TB usable).

Now it seems that Thecus have revealed two awesome new products: a seven disk chassis upgrade, the Thecus N7700, and an eight disk rack-mountable variation, the Thecus N8800.

What’s really impressive is that the seven disk N7700 is available for a mere $200 more than the N5200BR Pro, which combined with the higher disk densities coming out and good pricing - means I’m now siding on the home NAS solution again.

Which ultimately makes me sad, because when I combine it with the storage I want for my workstation (300GB Velociraptor), I’d like to be spending approximately $4000 on storage this year - something I can’t afford in the slightest. Sigh :(