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WD unveils ”green” 2TB enterprise hard drive

The 2TB Caviar Green is heading to enterprise—with a different name and a slightly different set of features, of course. Western Digital says it has begun shipping the RE4-GP, a “green” hard drive with a 2TB capacity, a 64MB buffer, and some of the same enterprise-friendly perks as WD’s older RE2-GP offerings.

Among those perks: five-year warranty coverage (compared to three years for the 2TB Caviar Green), a 1.2-million-hour Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) rating, time-limited error recovery (TLER), and rotary acceleration feed forward (RAFF). TLER reduces the amount of time a drive will spend in recovery mode, while RAFF compensates for vibration-prone setups like rack servers—two features that should make the RE4-GP better-suited to RAID setups than its desktop cousin.

The RE4-GP improves upon the RE2-GP with not just a higher capacity, WD says, but also a 25% increase in performance (at best) and a 25% average reduction in power draw. Those perks come at a cost, though: WD quotes a $329 suggested retail price for the new drive. Incidentally, that’s about a $30 premium over the 2TB Caviar Green.

0 responses to “WD unveils ”green” 2TB enterprise hard drive

  1. I found a 129mb HD that has the date July 18, 1992. I connected it to my 800mhz Vaio, and it had Windows 3, which I wasn’t familiar with. I dragged a bmp picture of a naked girl in there, but it was in 256 color. If I die, it will be the only porn anyone would find in my possession.

  2. While making assumptions doesn’t always pay off in this case it’s a pretty good bet that like i[

  3. I DO!!! so happy this thing came out, but for how much!!! 329??!! i’ll wait for another 4 month and get them when uni starts.

  4. I had an old 300MB Maxtor that to this day still runs. I plug it into my USB setup every now and then to let it stretch its legs. Poor little thing take some 8 seconds to spin up to full speed. I miss these “literal” bricks. These 2.5 drives can not render someone unconscious. 🙁

  5. #12 This is an article about the RE4 enterprise drives and not the Green Drives which you are referring to. I am quite sure the RE4 drives are 7200 rpm drives

  6. My first HD was 20MB in a 5 1/4 full height (two dvd drives stacked) and full depth form factor. the thing weighed at least 8 pounds too. I still have it in the IBM XT too.

  7. I had a 32MB filecard. So the cache on this thing is twice as big as my first HDD. 🙂 Darn, I’m old. 🙁

  8. These will do fine in my 16 bay Promise VTrak… (as long as it will recognize them)

  9. 64MB buffer? Huh. Now I know I have a 64MB HDD in the basement somewhere….

    Remember those days?

    “Who or even how could you fill one of them?!”

    Ah….. 🙂

  10. Nice to see that a paper spec means more to you than real-world performance tests.

  11. Are they still refusing to disclose spindle speed? If so, then I’m still refusing to give them my money.

  12. Well I guess part of my point was that $300 is a normal top-end price point for WD.

  13. Plus a 64MB buffer, not that we know what difference that makes but it’s something more hardware-wise.

  14. TLER is pretty much a must, and well worth the $30. As far as enterprise price premiums, this is nothing. Probably because it’s the same drive as the Caviar Green with a tweaked firmware.

  15. I agree, but the reason 1TB has come down is mostly due to how many manufacturers are making them. That and the age of the tech. WD is the only one with 2 TB drives, so until there is competition for them, they will continue to charge ridiculous sums.

  16. I’ll grab four when they hit 150$ each. Till then, my 110$ Seagate 1.5TBs do well enough.

  17. Click the link for the RE-2GP review. It was about the same additional cost over the 1TB GP. Also note that just a year and a half ago 1TB drives were near $300, I wish there was more pricing detail in that article for competing drives but with 1TB drives now regularly around $100 at most that’s a huge drop.

  18. It’s what they get to charge when they’re selling to “enterprise” and corporations will pay for the extras they offer.

  19. $329? I guess that’s what they get to charge when they’re the only ones with a 2TB drive.

    Correction, 2 2TB drives.