Western Digital Caviar Black
Western Digital has released a new line of hard drives – the Caviar Black. Sounds pretty mysterious and foreboding, no? Well, the Caviar Black is a 7200 RPM 3.5″ SATA hard drive that isn’t meant for everyday use – instead, it targets high performance desktop, workstation and multi-drive systems. There are only two capacities to choose from – 750GB and 1TB, which goes a long way in simplifying the purchasing experience for customers worldwide. According to Don Bennett, WD vice president and general manager of desktop storage, “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. Selection of a WD Caviar Black drive ensures WD customers receive the best WD has to offer in terms of features, performance and reliability.” Well said, but hopefully the marketing claims will be able to live up to the hype.
Some of the features found on the new line of WD Caviar Black hard drives include :-
- Dual processor – Twice the processing power to maximize performance
- 32 MB cache – Bigger, faster cache means faster performance
- StableTrac – 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 ramp load technology – The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit
You can look out for the WD Caviar Black 750GB (model WD7501AALS) and 1TB (model WD1001FALS) hard drives from next week onwards via select distributors and resellers. The former will retail for $199, while the larger 1TB model is $50 more expensive. Each purchase is accompanied by a 5-year limited warranty, but bear in mind that isn’t a license to abuse your newly purchased hard drive.