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Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB Hard Disk - Specifications, Availability and Pricing

When we tested the Barracuda XT we didn't have the Caviar Black in for testing, that has changed and we have a potential new favorite on our hands.

By: | HDDs in Storage | Posted: Dec 9, 2009 7:35 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Western Digital

Specifications, Availability and Pricing




- Key Features


High Performance Electronics Architecture:


• Dual processor - Twice the processing power to maximize performance.
• Colossal cache - Bigger, faster cache of up to 64 MB means faster performance.


Rock Solid Mechanical Architecture:


• Dual actuator technology - 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. (2 TB only)
• 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.


Massive Capacity - WD Caviar Black SATA drives are available in capacities
up to 2 TB.


Compatible - We perform tests on hundreds of systems and a multitude of platforms in our FIT Lab™ and Mobile Compatibility Lab to give our customers confidence that our drives will work in their systems.


5 Year Limited Warranty


The Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB comes with a lot of the same technology that we found on the RE4-GP. Also like the RE4-GP, the 2TB version of the Caviar Black comes with a 5 year warranty. The other drives in the Black Series are sold with a 3 year warranty.


Western Digital currently offers the Caviar Black in 500GB, 640GB, 750GB, 1TB and 2TB capacity sizes. Newegg lists every drive in the series and the prices range from 69.99 for the 500GB drive to 299.99 for the 2TB drive that we are reviewing here today. With the 1TB Caviar Black selling for only 109.99, you will need to be prepared to pay a hefty premium for the largest drive in the series, but we suspect that even though the 2TB Caviar Black is a hot item that often sells out, the prices will start to come down within a few short weeks.


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