Introduction

Western Digital brings 7200RPM to two of their product lines in the form of 2TB models. These drives come backed with some exciting new technology that promises to increase performance beyond that of a simple spindle speed increase. In this review we will explore these new features and see their impact on real world performance.
Earlier this week, Western Digital announced two new additions to their 2 TB product lines.  These new models nudge up the capacity of their Caviar Black and RE (not REx-GP) lines, bringing 2 TB capacities to every series except for their Blue line.  Western Digital passed us a few samples to check out, so we pushed hard to get results out to our readers.

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Western Digital now provides four different 2 TB offerings to choose from.

I maintain my prediction that we still have some time before hard drives ship at greater than 2 TB capacities.  As I’ve stated before, many widely used operating systems are unable to handle more than 2^32 sectors (2048 GB), so drive manufacturers will likely stop for a breather at the 2.0 TB mark.

Enough meandering from me.  Lets get into the benches!

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A dynamic duo of storage goodness attached to our testbed.

Read on for our full review of these two speed demons!



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