Western Digitals first 2TB hard drives were generally considered low performance drives, today WD announced two new 2TB drives that are “high performance”.
The new drives are the WD Caviar Black (desktop drive) and the WD RE4 (server and NAS drive). Similar to other WD drives they are 7200rpm, 64MB cache, dual-stage actuator technology, SATA 2 (3Gb/s) interface, and an integrated dual processor.
The WD Caviar Black 2TB (model WD2001FASS) drive is available now for $328. The WD RE4 2TB (model WD2003FYYS) drive is currently being qualified by OEMs. Both drives are covered by a five-year, limited warranty.
More details after the break.
Other features of the two drives include:
- IntelliSeek, a technology that calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise, and vibration.
- StableTrac, a mechanism that makes sure the motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking during read and write operations.
- NoTouch, a ramp-load technology that keeps the recording head from ever touching the disk media to significantly reduce the wear and tear of the recording head and media as well as provide better drive protection in transit.
In addition, the WD RE4 2TB enterprise drive features 1.2 million hours mean time between failures (MTBF) and other power-saving, speed-enhancing, and fail-proofing technologies.