Caviar Black 2TB and Scorpio Black 360GB introduced PDF Print E-mail

Maximising storage capacity and computing performance for high-end desktops and gaming platforms without a resultant price tag, Drive Control Corporation (DCC) has introduced the latest evolution in Western Digital's (WD) Caviar Black range, the two Terabyte drive.


Plus, catering for the notebook marketplace's increasing performance needs without compromising on battery power, the distributor has launched WD's Scorpio Black 320GBs mobile drive.

More storage, more performance - Caviar Black Optimised for gaming and high-end performance desktops and workstations, the Caviar Black 2TB drive is packed with massive storage as well as performance
advancements such as  7200 RPM spin speed, 64 MB cache, dual stage actuator technology - for high-density recording, a SATA  (serial ATA) 3 gigabits per second (Gb/s) interface, and an integrated dual processor.

In essence, the drive maximises the features and functionality of power computing applications such as gaming, photo editing, user-generated multimedia and video.  Says Vassen Naicker, WD product specialist at DCC:
"Adding a whopping two terabyte capacity to the family, WD is undoubtedly providing our resellers with a drive that offers the best possible mix of capacity, performance and reliability for demanding desktop computing."

The WD Caviar Black 2 TB hard drive features the following:

  • Dual processor - Twice the processing power to maximise performance;
  • Dual actuator technology - A head positioning system with two actuators that improves positional accuracy over the data track(s). The primary actuator provides coarse displacement using conventional electromagnetic actuator principles. The secondary actuator uses piezoelectric motion to fine tune the head positioning to a higher degree of accuracy;
  • IntelliSeek- Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise, and vibration;
  • StableTrac - The motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilise platters for accurate tracking, during read and write operations; and
  • NoTouch ramp load technology - The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.

Scorpio Black - Best of both worlds

Looking at the Western Digital Scorpio Black it has been designed with high-end notebooks in mind, offering speed and capacity to supercharge notebooks without compromising on battery life or quiet acoustics.

Adds Naicker: "With 7200 RPM spin speed, 16 MB cache, and capacities up to 320 GB, the drive offers the best of both worlds: the capacity and performance of a desktop PC with the convenience and portability of a
notebook."

Indeed, the 320 GB 2.5 inch drive is ideal for hungry operating systems (OS) with loads of room left for photos, music and video.

Low power consumption is enabled by Western Digital's IntelliSeek which calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption  and SecurePark, which reduces power by parking the heads during low power idle mode.

Plus, for quite operations the Scorpio Drive features Western Digital's WhisperDrive which combines seeking algorithms to yield one of the quietest 2.5-inch hard drives on the market.

Additional features which allow for shock resistance and general ruggedness include:

  • WD's ShockGuard technology protects the drive mechanics and platter surfaces from shocks during shipping and handling and in daily operation;
  • WD's SecurePark parks the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down and when the drive is off. This ensures the recording head never touches the disk surface resulting in improved long term reliability due to less head wear and improved shock tolerance; and
  • Free-fall sensor - As an added layer of protection, if the drive (or the system it's in) is dropped while in use,     WD's free-fall sensor detects that the drive is falling and, in less than 200 milliseconds, parks the head to help prevent damage and data loss.

For more information contact:

Drive Control Corporation
Vassen Naicker
WD Product Specialist
Tel: 011-2018927
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