Western Digital Announces Caviar Black Series Hard Drives
Western Digital has just announced the Caviar Black series hard drives, which they claim are the fastest 3.5-inch 7,200 RPM drives on the market:
"LAKE FOREST, Calif. - June 10, 2008 - WD (NYSE: WDC) today launched its new line of WD Caviar® Black™ 7200 RPM 3.5-inch SATA (Serial ATA) hard drives for high-performance desktop, workstation and multi-drive systems. Available in capacities of 750 GB and 1 TB, WD Caviar Black hard drives are part of a new family of WD product categories designed to simplify the buying experience for customers worldwide.
WD was the first company to introduce a hard drive, optimized for low power consumption, using GreenPower technology, and is raising the bar for the high performance desktop market with WD Caviar Black. "WD Caviar Black hard drives offer the highest capacity and performance in a desktop class drive available on the market today enabling users to maximize the features and functionality of power computing applications such as multimedia, video and photo editing," said Don Bennett, WD vice president and general manager of desktop storage. "Selection of a WD Caviar Black drive ensures WD customers receive the best WD has to offer in terms of features, performance and reliability."
In keeping with WD's leadership in hard drive performance, WD Caviar Black drives combine 7200 RPM spin speed with the SATA 3 Gb/s interface and 32 MB cache to deliver ultimate performance in a maximum-capacity drive. The WD Caviar Black series of hard drives are designed for use in high-end OEM desktop systems, as well as by users who want to upgrade the speed and capacity of their system."
VERY interesting. I wonder what performance figures are like but it seems they are selling them as OEM-only for the time being.
The 1TB model should be impressive, but the 750GB model appears to still use the older 250GB/platter technology since it has 3 disks.
I guess WD is gearing up for Seagate's soon-to-be-released 640GB & 1TB 320GB/platter drives.
So it's technically 960GB?
I can already imagine some people complaining about the missing 40GB as advertised. Maybe even worse than gigabyte -> gibibyte complains.
No no, it will be 1TB exactly.
They simply do some technical voodoo to slightly 'stretch' the platter density as required.
It will have 1TB just with less "spare" sectors. All hdds come with more space than there spec'ed for so that IF X number of sectors die they can be reallocated and keep the drive at spec (so they don't get an anti-trust suit). Back in the day there was a convoluted Norton Ghost hack you could do to make your cheaper smaller version Death Star hdd into the big one by using this blank space.
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