For most folks, picking a desktop drive is the most logical choice. However, PC enthusiasts have long tapped enterprise-class hardware in search of a better performance. In fact, last year we named Western Digital's enterprise-oriented Caviar RE2 the best hard drive of 2005.
Nearly a year after the original's release, Western Digital is back with a 500GB flavor of the RE2 that promises faster performance and lower noise levels than its predecessor. Western Digital has also rolled out a 500GB version of its Caviar SE16 desktop drive that bears a striking resemblance to the RE2, setting the stage for an inevitable and epic comparison. Read on to see whether you're better off with an enterprise RE2 or a desktop SE16 as we test the drives against each other and a dozen of their competitors.
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