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

Subject: Storage
Manufacturer: Western Digital
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Introduction

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!