Western Digital Launch 7200RPM 2TB Drive
"After the successful launch of the 5400RPM 2TB drive, we have faster variants!"
7200RPM 2TB Caviar Black
Western Digital have officially launched the first 7200 RPM 2 Terabyte hard drives. The Caviar Black is for the home user, with the RE4 geared more towards the enterprise environment.
The drives are high performance alternatives to the existing 5400RPM Caviar Green drive. The Caviar Black features four 500GB platters, 64MB of cache dual-state actuator and a dual processor. This combines to create what Western Digital claims to be the "ultimate performance in a maximum-capacity drive".
For the enterprise end of the market, there's the 2TB RE4 drive which is aimed at those who require "superior reliability". The drive provides features such as Active Power Save, a multi-axis shock sensor, pressure sensors, time-limited error recovery and a 1.2 million hour MTBF.
There is no doubt these will be cheap drives, the Caviar Black is shipping in the USA with an RRP of $299, set to be around £200 in the UK. The RE4 is in the process of being qualified by OEMs.
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