LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Jan. 26, 2006 - Western
Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today announced it is shipping its new
high-capacity 500 GB Serial ATA (SATA) WD Caviar SE16 desktop-class
hard drives. Providing a half terabyte of capacity for data-intensive
applications such as graphic design, digital video editing, personal
video recorders and advanced business computing, WD Caviar SE16 500 GB
drives also deliver high 7,200 RPM performance with 300 MB/s transfer
rate, 16 MB cache and Native Command Queuing (NCQ).
Caviar family of hard drives delivers the reliability and performance
that customers expect from WD," said Don Bennett, WD vice president and
general manager of desktop storage. "The extreme capacity and high
performance of this drive address a variety of demanding applications
and expand WD's portfolio of storage products. From 6 to 500 GB, WD
offers a diverse range of hard drives to meet our customers'
wide-ranging storage needs."
WD Caviar SE16 500 GB Pricing and Availability
WD Caviar SE16 500 GB (model WD5000KS) hard drives may be ordered on the company's online store (www.westerndigital.com) for $349.99 USD. Customers can currently take advantage of free standard shipping on orders of more than $200.00.
Cool Drives and Enhanced Reliability
Heat is a major contributor to hard drive wear and cool drive operating
temperatures help increase long-term drive reliability. WD hard drives
are designed to have the lowest power consumption of any high-capacity
desktop-class hard drive.
Lowering the drives' power
consumption means the operating temperature of WD Caviar drives is much
cooler which provides for enhanced drive reliability. Cool drives are
increasingly important for today's multi-drive and small-form-factor
Today's PCs, digital video recorders and gaming machines are
increasingly operated in environments where noise is less tolerated. WD
reduced WD Caviar drive noise levels to be virtually imperceptible to
the human ear in home and business environments with its WhisperDrive
technology, which features a highly efficient power driver design. To
reduce seek noise, SoftSeek technology streamlines read/write seeking
algorithms, resulting in the drive operating more efficiently when
accessing and writing data.
Digital Press Release
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