This week Western Digital has introduced a new breed of HGST-branded server-class hard drives targeting “mainstream” applications that require 24/7 availability as well as enterprise-grade reliability and performance, but not at a maxed-out capacity. These drives use the latest generation of PMR technology for high areal density, allowing for fewer platters to reduce costs reach their capacity points. Unlike Western Digital’s HDDs with leading-edge capacity, the new Ultrastar 7K6 and Ultrastar 7K8 drives are not filled with helium, and these drives use four and five platters, respectively. The HGST Ultrastar 7K6 series of HDDs, with either 4 TB or 6 TB capacity, rely on HGST’s four-platter enterprise platform featuring a 7200 RPM spindle speed, a 256 MB buffer, and various enhancements to improve their...
We had reviewed the Western Digital My Book Live in detail last October and came away impressed with the functionality and mobile app support in place for the cost...1 by Ganesh T S on 1/5/2012
Western Digital announced today in a press release that the arbitrator for a Seagate vs. Western Digital complaint sided with Seagate and ordered an award of $525 million paid...19 by Amman Sood on 11/21/2011
Western Digital jumped on to the local media streaming bandwagon quite early in the game. With better codec compatibility and a more stable platform compared to other vendors, the...20 by Ganesh T S on 10/6/2011
While we await more Thunderbolt storage devices, Western Digital grabbed headlines not too long ago for the announcement of its 6TB My Book Studio Edition II Mac-ready external drive...34 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/10/2011
While SSDs are all the rage these days, Western Digital is still making headway on their 10,000RPM VelociRaptors. The drives come in 150GB, 300GB, 450GB and 600GB capacities in...28 by Saumitra Bhagwat on 7/28/2011
Two months ago I looked at the world’s first 3TB desktop hard drive. It was a 5 platter, 3TB Seagate Barracuda XT inside an external GoFlex Desk chassis. The...48 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/19/2010
Although Seagate was first to market with an external 3TB drive, it wasn’t without issues. In our testing of the 3TB GoFlex Desk we found that under continuous usage...21 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/5/2010