WD NOW SHIPPING HIGH CAPACITY 320 GB ENTERPRISE-CLASS HARD DRIVES
WD Caviar® RE Hard Drives Designed for High-Duty Cycle
Environments, Provide Server-class Reliability With One Million Hours Mean Time
Between Failure LAKE FOREST, Calif. May 23, 2005 Western Digital Corp. (NYSE:
WDC) today announced it is increasing the capacity of its enterprise-class WD
Caviar® RE hard drives by nearly 30%, continuing to provide cost-effective
solutions for dependable, high capacity enterprise storage. WD Caviar RE drives
spin at 7,200 RPM, are equipped with either Serial ATA (SATA) or EIDE interfaces
and are now available in capacities up to 320 GB.
Requiring affordable, high capacity, highly reliable
storage, IT professionals have previously utilized desktop-class drives in
demanding, multi-user environments an application for which these drives are not
designed. Addressing this customer need, WD optimized high-capacity 7,200 RPM
drives with technology that significantly increases reliability and multi-drive-system compatibility.
"As a leader in real-time video recording, a company like
Solution Boxes relies on WD Caviar RE hard drives," said Marshall Eudy,
president and chief executive officer of Solution Boxes, Inc. "WD's focus on the
high-duty cycle requirements of the enterprise market has provided us with an
extremely cost-effective, reliable drive and we will not chance using hard drives from any other manufacturer in our systems."
WD Caviar RE drives feature Time Limited Error Recovery
(TLER), which helps prevent drive fallout caused by standard extended desktop
hard drive error-recovery processes. Prior to WD's development of TLER, hard
drive fallout when using desktop drives in RAID (Redundant Array of Independent
Disks) applications was a common experience among systems integrators and
storage manufacturers. By addressing the differences between single-user and
multi-user workloads, WD Caviar RE drives implement RAID-specific TLER, which
improves drive compatibility with RAID controllers resulting in markedly improved system
WD Caviar RE drives also feature one million hours MTBF
(Mean Time Between Failure), offering systems builders and storage system
manufacturers high reliability in high-duty cycle applications, where continuous
performance is essential. "Continuing our enterprise leadership, WD Caviar RE
hard drives deliver the high quality and reliability that customers demand from
WD," stated Richard E. Rutledge, vice president and general manager of WD's PC
Components Group. "When WD Caviar RE was introduced, customer response was
immediate and affirmative, and we acted on their input to enhance the drive
further, delivering a high capacity hard drive well-suited for RAID server applications."
Availability & Pricing
WD Caviar RE hard drives are currently shipping in volume
and are available through Western Digital's distribution network. Estimated
street pricing for WD Caviar RE 320 GB capacity with SATA interface (model no.
WD3200SD) is $229 USD and WD Caviar RE 320 GB with EIDE interface (model no.
WD3200SB) is $219 USD. Additional information about WD Caviar RE hard drives
may be found on the company's Web site at