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Western Digital Caviar Black

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Western Digital Caviar Black

The Western Digital Caviar Black is a hard disk drive with 7,200 RPM (nominal) spin speed, 64 MB buffer size, 600,000 minimum load/unload cycles, and a 3 Gb/s (Max) buffer to host (SATA) transfer rate. The Caviar Black is a 2TB capacity hard disk drive with 2,000,398 MB formatted capacity on SATA 3 Gb/s interface and 3,907,029,168 user sector per drive. It measures 1.028 x 5.787 x 4.00 inches and weighs 1.66 Pounds. It has an Operating Shock (Read) value of 30G, 2 ms (30…

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Western Digital Caviar Black

The Western Digital Caviar Black is a hard disk drive with 7,200 RPM (nominal) spin speed, 64 MB buffer size, 600,000 minimum load/unload cycles, and a 3 Gb/s (Max) buffer to host (SATA) transfer rate. The Caviar Black is a 2TB capacity hard disk drive with 2,000,398 MB formatted capacity on SATA 3 Gb/s interface and 3,907,029,168 user sector per drive. It measures 1.028 x 5.787 x 4.00 inches and weighs 1.66 Pounds. It has an Operating Shock (Read) value of 30G, 2 ms (300G, 2 ms non-operating Shock); a noise level of 29 dBA (average) on idle, 34 dBA (average) on seek mode 0 and 30 dBA (average) on seek mode 3. It has a power requirement of 10.70 Watts (read/write) and 8.2 Watts on idle (1.30 Watts on standby and sleep mode).

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The WD Caviar Black features cool drive operation, no-touch head technology, and vibration protection that ensure reliability and sustained data throughput. It also features a 5-year limited warranty. The Caviar Black also features dual processor for twice the processing power to maximize performance; a cache size up to 64 MB; Dual actuator technology with 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; StableTrac which is a motor shaft secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking, during read and write operations; and NoTouch ramp load technology where the recording head never touches the disk media ensuring less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit. The unit also features Data Lifeguard which is a set of data protection features, including shock protection, an environmental protection system and real-time embedded error detection and repair. WD's Data Lifeguard technology automatically finds, isolates, and repairs problems that may develop over the life of a hard drive; Data Lifeguard Tools are software utilities designed for WD hard drives that work with the embedded Data Lifeguard features to make hard drive installation, diagnostics and repair both simple and worry-free; ShockGuard which protects the hard drive against damage from bumps and vibrations while it is running. The WD Caviar Black 2 TB GB (model WD2001FASS) is available at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $299 USD.

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