A Spoonful of Caviar

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A Spoonful of Caviar

Western Digital is rebranding its Caviar line of drives -- or maybe "recolorizing" is the proper word. Starting today, all of the company's Caviar-series hard drives will begin to fall under one of three colors: blue for "professional" drives of no particular importance, black for upper-level "niche" drives that push for high performance, and green for energy-saving-themed drives.

Leading the charge to this new color palate is Western Digital's newest creation, the 1TB Caviar Black. Coming in sizes of 750GB and 1TB, the three-platter drive now gives Samsung a competitor on the upper echelon of storage. Previously, Samsung's Spinpoint HD103UJ was the only consumer-grade hard drive to offer 1 terabyte of storage using only three platters. As a result of the increased areal density, the drive enjoyed an unmatched run to the top of our benchmark charts.

The Caviar Black looks to retake this performance foothold while still offering a number of proprietary Western Digital features designed to promote data retention. As any amount of vibration has the potential to promote data loss, Western Digital is securing its drive motors on both the top and bottom of the platters to reduce the effects of mild jittering on the drive. Similarly, the drive heads never touch the platters when parking. According to Western Digital, this should improve the Caviar Black's overall reliability.

The drive's other specs are what we'd expect from any drive of its class: a 3Gb/s SATA interface, a 32MB cache, and a 7,200 RPM rotation speed. Expect the drives to come in at an MSRP of $200 for the 750GB model and $250 for the terabyte version.

We'll have a review for this drive later today -- be on the lookout!

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dejule

So where is the review...?

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rayatwork05

whats the deal on the review :-/

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TheMurph

issue: we're not seeing what we'd expect to be seeing. thus, we are troubleshooting.

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hogkill

My computer is 3 years old now (yeah I know it's time to upgrade) and it has 2x160gig Western Digital HDD's in RAID 0. I was originally going to get Maxtor drives with it, but the supplier recommended I go with WD for RAID 0 based on his experience with Maxtor's sometimes failing that configuration.

I've been using it to an insane degree over the past 3 years and haven't had any major issues as far as crashes go. So my question is, to your knowledge are some companies HDD's more reliable for long term RAID 0? I was planning to put Hitachi's or WD's in my next one.

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Strongbad536

Well its about time Western Digital got on the ball in the terabyte market. Maybe this will beat out Samsung, and be cheaper. Look forward to the review, Dave! : )

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vistageek

Can't wait for the review!

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Strongbad536

Been refreshing all afternoon, lol. I really want to see some benchmarks for this baby.

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TheMurph

eta: end of day (PST). I want to run some additional benchmarks to confirm what I'm seeing.

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Keith E. Whisman

I just bought a Samsung F1 1tb hard drive at Fry's Electronics for $169.00 dollars. Perhaps after a few months competitive practices will bring the prices down to mach the Samsung HDD.

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Strongbad536

Complete the free Stamps.com offer to get a free 360 or Cash

thats a good deal, I think like $15 less than what newegg has them at.

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TheMurph

total spam. also, fixed your url.

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Strongbad536

I know, it got added cause it was my siggy. I apologize. The comment was what I said about it being $15 cheaper on newegg. Cause i think the samsung there is at like $185 I've also been hearing that a lot of the Samsung F1 TB drives have been DOA. Know anything about that, Dave?

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Paradox00

Can you at least give us some preliminary tests? How does it compare with the WD 640GB drive? Not even a hint?

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