Western Digital adds 750GB and 1TB RE3 drives

By Justin Mann on August 26, 2008, 12:15 PM
Western Digital announced new high-end hardware today, introducing a 750GB and 1TB hard drive to their “Raid Edition” lineup. The SATA drives are both in the 3rd generation of the RE family, which Western Digital aims at enterprises. These drives aren't much different from their standard SATA drives, but are certified to have a higher MTBF, being constructed to last longer underneath the stressful environments that a server drive might be in.

Despite being in their RE line, the drives are not astronomically priced, at $199 and $249 for the 750GB and 1TB units respectively. You can read more about the new drives here.

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Rick said:
[quote]These drives aren't much different from their standard SATA drives[/quote]Warning: For those of you thinking of using this in a single configuration because of the higher MTBF...If these are like previous RE drives from WD, they handle error recovery differently than non RAID-edition drives ([url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time-Limited_Error_Recove
y]TLER[/url]) and this could put your data at greater risk. The reason for this is because in an enterprise setting, the RAID controller is expected to handle the error recovery and these RE drives are designed to be used in that manner.
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