Western Digital rolls out 500GB enterprise drive

Western Digital has announced a new 500GB Caviar RE2 hard drive. The drive is part of Western Digital's RAID Edition line, and features a 7,200RPM spindle speed, 16MB of cache, and support for 300MB/s Serial ATA transfer rates as well as Native Command Queuing. While those specifications are similar to the existing consumer 500GB SE16 model, the RE2 sports a longer 5-year warranty, and according to Western Digital, improved performance for random I/O environments. 500GB RE2 drives are already shipping in volume and available at Western Digital's online store for $349.99. You can check out our review of the 400GB Caviar RE2 here.
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