Western announced it is now
shipping in volume hard drives offering Serial ATA (SATA) interface with 300
MB/s burst data transfer rate. The new WD Caviar(R) SE16 hard drives feature
16 MB cache -- 2 to 8 times the cache size of standard desktop-class hard
drives -- which, combined with its 300 MB/s transfer rate, deliver a
one-two performance punch for customers.
The new desktop-class hard drives are available now from WD-authorized
distributors and in OEM PCs. State-of-the-art SATA with 300 MB/s performance
that is up to 3 times faster than EIDE make WD Caviar SE16 drives one of the
fastest desktop-class hard drives on the market, perfectly suited for use in
high-performance computers, multimedia and gaming systems.
WD Caviar SE16 drives feature technologically advanced acoustics and quiet
operation to reduce noise and significantly extend long-term reliability in
the variety of applications using these drives today. Rotating at 7,200 RPM,
the new drives are available with 250 GB capacity and are covered under a
Suggested retail pricing is $199 USD for WD Caviar SE16 with 250 GB
capacity (model WD2500KS). Customers who order WD Caviar SE16 hard drives
from WD's online store (www.westerndigital.com/e3) before May 31, 2005, will
receive one free WD SecureConnect(TM) SATA cable (one cable per drive ordered)
and free standard shipping.
The industry-leading SecureConnect cable
strengthens the drive-to-cable connection by more than 500 percent, helping to
overcome connector breakage problems common to first-generation SATA cables.
The new WD Caviar SE16 drives leverage the same proprietary technologies
that compelled leading independent hardware reviewer Tom's Hardware Guide
(April 2005, http://www.tomshardware.com/storage/20050217/wd3200jb-07.html) to
conclude that WD Caviar SE desktop hard drives are "very fast and nearly
silent." With WhisperDrive(TM) technology, that employs a highly efficient
power-driver design, noise levels are virtually below the threshold of human
hearing. SoftSeek(TM) technology streamlines read/write seeking algorithms,
resulting in the drive operating more efficiently when accessing and writing
data, thus reducing seek noise.
Cool Drives and Enhanced Reliability
Lower power consumption through its advanced electronics and firmware
design means the operating temperature of the new WD Caviar SE16 drives is
much cooler resulting in enhanced drive reliability.
All WD Caviar hard drives protect users' data with WD's exclusive Data
Lifeguard(TM) embedded error detection and repair features, which
automatically detect, isolate and repair problem areas that may develop over
the extended use of the hard drive.