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WD ships full-speed 2TB hard drives

updated 08:40 am EDT, Tue September 1, 2009

WD Caviar Black 2TB

Western Digital this morning at last unveiled its first 2TB hard drives intended for performance. The 2TB Caviar Black and the business-oriented RE4 spin at a full 7,200RPM but also have features rarely seen even at this end of hard disk technology: both have 64MB of cache, dual processors and dual actuators to move the drive head into position faster. It's hoped the extra features offset the potential slowdown from having to seek across four 500GB platters.

Either plugs into an SATA I or II interface, but the RE4 is tested against constant access and supports extra features like native command queuing and an anti-shock sensor. The Caviar Black is already shipping and retails for $299, while the RE4 is so far only expected to be built into ready-made workstations and servers, and should still be in testing.



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  1. MyRightEye

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    Joined: Apr 2008

    +1

    Good job...

    In recent years WD has gone from being the drive maker to ignore, to the leader of the pack. Their drives are the coolest, and most durable, best-built drives on the market.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    -1

    Re: Good job

    Don't get too high on them. The drive market cycles through the vendors over a period of time. One year it's Seagate everyone loves. Then they ship a POS like they did last year (worse than the usual POS that makers ship out when on top) and then another comes along (say, WD). Then WD will s**** up, people will vow never to use them again, and jump over to Samsung. Or Hitachi. Or Seagate. Or whoever else is making drives these days.

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