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WESTERN DIGITAL IS rebranding its lines while also launching a high-end enthusiast line. The new parts are Blue, Green and Black, with Black being the new black.

Blue represents the same old line, mainstream drives with nothing to really stand out from the crowd. This is the drive that goes into OEM PCs, or when your family member wants more storage space in their 'CPU' to hold more pictures from 'the intarnets'. Think value. Green is the new name for the low energy Greenpower line, sacrificing a little speed for a lot of power saving.

That brings us to the new Black line, a high-performance part meant for enthusiasts. It only comes in 750GB and 1TB capacities, basically the two top sizes on the market. Officially called the WD Caviar Black 750 GB (WD7501AALS) and 1TB (WD1001FALS), they will go on sale next week for $199 and $249 respectively.

What do you get for the few meagre dollars more that they cost? The most obvious one is a huge cache, 32MB to be exact. This goes with a new one to us, a second on-board controller for faster processing. Together, these are grouped into the "high performance electronics architecture" heading, it will be interesting to see what exactly this does, if WD releases a white paper on it.

They also have a "rock solid mechanical architecture" as well, and that consists of two items, shafts and heads. The motor shaft is secured at both ends, and WD calls this StableTrac(R)(TM)(C)(Otherthings) and the heads never touch the platter, called Notouch Ramp Loading Technology.

All of these things make a drive faster and purportedly more reliable, Black in WD newspeak. That new branding is a good thing though, no question there. It really clears up a somewhat muddled line in ways that even the average American consumer drone can grasp. µ
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Hm...

Simplifying their product line...

Hopefully other companies *cough* Nvidia *cough* can catch the drift.
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Nice to hear someone do something for reliability rather than just focus on speed... Not that fast is bad but a crashed drive is worse
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Hm...

Simplifying their product line...

Hopefully other companies *cough* Nvidia *cough* can catch the drift.
If nVidia sold hard drives:

nVidia 250GTXOXTXBBQSAUSEEDITION
    
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If nVidia sold hard drives:

nVidia 250GTXOXTXBBQSAUSEEDITION
but i want a nVidia 250GTXOXTXBBQSAUSEEDITIONGTO
    
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why bother? ... harddrives are a dying breed and will soon be replaced.. let the line run and invest in SSD , like seagate , even though i like wd the best . just my opinion though
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I like WD.

I'm buying an AKS (or w/e they are) 320GB & 640GB soon.
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why bother? ... harddrives are a dying breed and will soon be replaced.. let the line run and invest in SSD , like seagate , even though i like wd the best . just my opinion though
Because it will still take quite a long time for SSD to comes in 750gb and 1TB to hit the market...and also...at affordable prices.

If you want to compare a raptor to SSD, fine. But we are talking about large capacity drives here...
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"They also have a "rock solid mechanical architecture" as well, and that consists of two items, shafts and heads."

Am I the only one that Lol'd?
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"They also have a "rock solid mechanical architecture" as well, and that consists of two items, shafts and heads."

Am I the only one that Lol'd?
no i lol'd aswell.....
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