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WD Launches High-Performance, 7200 RPM 2 TB Hard Drives for Desktop and Enterprise Systems

  • 07 September, 2009 14:52

<p><em>WD Caviar® Black™ and WD RE4 Four-platter Hard Drives Set New
Benchmarks in High-Feature, High Performance Storage</em><br/>
<br/>
<strong>Sydney, Australia</strong> – <strong>Sept. 2, 2009</strong> –
WD today announced that it is now shipping desktop 7200 RPM 2 TB hard drives
and is qualifying with OEMs enterprise-class hard drives based on WD’s
500 gigabytes-per-platter technology. The popular family of WD Caviar Black
drives, now led by the new 2 TB capacity, is perfect for gaming, high-performance
desktop systems and workstations; while the WD RE4 2 TB is suited for servers,
network attached storage and storage networks.<br/>
<br/>
High-performance hard drives by an industry leader in performance, WD Caviar
Black and WD RE4 2 TB drives combine 7200 RPM spin speed, 64 MB cache, dual
stage actuator technology, SATA 3 gigabits per second (Gb/s) interface, and
an integrated dual processor to deliver ultimate performance in a maximum-capacity
drive.<br/>
<br/>
“WD Caviar Black 2 TB hard drives maximize the features and functionality
of power computing applications such as gaming, photo editing, user generated
multimedia and video,” said Jim Morris, senior vice president and general
manager of WD’s client storage systems. “With the selection of WD
Caviar Black hard drives, WD desktop customers receive the best possible mix
of capacity, performance and reliability that is required for intense desktop
computing.”<br/>
<br/>
“Specifically designed for enterprise-class applications, WD’s RE4
2 TB drives incorporate the best combination of features, optimum performance,
and superior reliability that customers have come to expect from WD,”
said Tom McDorman, vice president and general manager of enterprise storage
solutions for WD. “Our enterprise products are directly aimed at customers
who require additional features and extensive testing that are necessary for
high-end enterprise environments.”<br/>
<br/>
<strong>WD Caviar Black 2 TB and WD RE4 2 TB hard drives feature the following:</strong><br/>
<strong>Dual processor</strong> – Twice the processing power to maximize
performance.<br/>
<strong>Dual actuator technology </strong>– A head positioning system
with two actuators that improves positional accuracy over the data track(s).
The primary actuator provides coarse displacement using conventional electromagnetic
actuator principles. The secondary actuator uses piezoelectric motion to fine
tune the head positioning to a higher degree of accuracy.<br/>
<strong>IntelliSeek™</strong> – Calculates optimum seek speeds to
lower power consumption, noise, and vibration.<br/>
<strong>StableTrac™</strong> – The motor shaft is secured at both
ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate
tracking, during read and write operations.<br/>
<strong>NoTouch™ ramp load technology</strong> – 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.<br/>
<strong><br/>
Additional Features for WD RE4 2 TB Enterprise Hard Drives</strong><br/>
WD RE4 drives feature 1.2 million hours MTBF, Active Power Save™, enhanced
RAFF™ technology, multi-axis shock sensor, native command queuing (NCQ),
pressure sensors, third generation dynamic fly height, time limited error recovery
(TLER), and an extensive and enhanced testing process to ensure long-term reliability
for demanding enterprise applications.<br/>
<strong><br/>
Product and Pricing Summary</strong><br/>
Manufacturer: Western Digital<br/>
Product Name: WD Caviar Black 2 TB and WD RE4 2 TB<br/>
RRP for WD Caviar Black 2 TB : AU$ 429, NZ$529<br/>
RRP for WD Caviar RE4 2TB: TBC<br/>
Website: <a href="#">www.westerndigital.com</a><br/>
Australian Distributors: Achieva Australia and Synnex Australia<br/>
New Zealand Distributors: Ingram NZ, VST, Synnex NZ<br/>
Availability: Now<br/>
<br/>
<strong>About WD</strong><br/>
WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products
and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital
information. The company designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard
drives and solid state drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from
loss. Its advanced technologies are configured into applications for client
and enterprise computing, embedded systems and consumer electronics, as well
as its own consumer storage and media products. WD was founded in 1970. The
company's storage products are marketed to leading OEMs, systems manufacturers,
selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital® and WD®
brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's Web site (<a href="#">www.westerndigital.com</a>)
to access a variety of financial and investor information.<br/>
<br/>
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements
relating to qualification by OEMs of the WD RE4 2 TB drive. These forward-looking
statements are based on current management expectations, and actual results
may differ materially as a result of several factors, including: challenges
faced in new product development, business conditions generally, and other risks
and uncertainties listed in WD’s recent SEC filings, including its Form
10-K for the fiscal year 2009. WD undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking
statements to reflect new information or events or for any other reason.<br/>
<font size="1"><br/>
Western Digital, WD, the WD logo and WD Caviar are registered trademarks; Black,
IntelliSeek, NoTouch, RAFF, Active Power Save and StableTrac are trademarks
of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other
trademarks herein are property of their respective owner. As used for storage
capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion
bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity
varies depending on operating environment. As used for buffer or cache, one
megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576 bytes. As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte
per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second, and gigabit per second (Gb/s)
= one billion bits per second.</font><br/>
<font size="1"><br/>
<strong>EDITOR’S NOTES</strong>:<br/>
WD product photos: <a href="#">http://www.westerndigital.com/en/company/branding/digitalphotos.asp#</a><br/>
Product Spec Sheets: <a href="#">http://www.wdc.com/en/products/index.asp?cat=732</a>
and <a href="#">http://www.wdc.com/en/products/index.asp?cat=733</a><br/>
Editorial review samples may be requested via WD’s Web site: <a href="#">http://www.westerndigital.com/en/company/pr/eval_request.asp</a></font><br/>
<br/>
<strong>PR CONTACT</strong><br/>
Renato CatalanGap<br/>
Marketing and Management Pty Ltd<br/>
Website: <a href="#">www.gapmarketing.com.au</a></p>
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