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Western Digital 7200RPM Caviar Black and RE4 Series 2TB Hard Drive Review

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Western Digital


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.

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!

A dynamic duo of storage goodness attached to our testbed.

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

September 14, 2011 | 09:53 PM - Posted by Jim (not verified)

I can't imagine huge demand for drive larger than 2 TB anytime soon. While they might be useful for industrial memory storage it is doubtful there will be a consumer market for at least the next few years. Besides, even I have qualms about storing so much information on one mechanical drive. Every drive I own is backed up on another of equal size. For true data security with a 2TB drive you're talking about a huge amount of money to invest.

Jim -

October 17, 2011 | 09:22 AM - Posted by Mannaman (not verified)

Strange statement.

I have 2 2TB Blacks hooked up and 1 Hitachi 1TB and I'm hurting for more storage.

The Blacks are the best HDDs I've ever had. Read speed is over 140mb. I had another Hitachi hooked up but it gave me thousands of corrupted mp3s. I liked the Hitachis at first but my S.M.A.R.T. monitoring software regularly gives me warnings of life deterioration on the remaining Hitachi and they're both less than 2 years old. I won't be buying any more Hitachis.

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