Western Digital today introduced the most reliable high capacity SATA hard drives for server and network-attached storage applications. Reliability-rated at 1.2 million hours MTBF (mean time between failure) in high duty cycle environments, WD Caviar® RE2 (RAID Edition) 400 GB hard drives are designed from the ground up to deliver enterprise reliability. Boosting performance on the 7,200 RPM WD Caviar RE2 is Native Command Queuing (NCQ), 16 MB cache and 8.7 milliseconds (ms) average seek time. Like all WD enterprise-class hard drives, WD Caviar RE2 is supported with a 5-year warranty. WD Caviar RE2 400 GB (model WD4000YR) hard drives began shipping this month and will be shipping in volume next month. Estimated street pricing for WD Caviar RE2 is $ 289 USD.

Western Digital Corp. today introduced the most reliable high capacity Serial
ATA (SATA) hard drives for server and network-attached storage applications.
Reliability-rated at 1.2 million hours MTBF (mean time between failure) in high
duty cycle environments, WD Caviar® RE2 (RAID Edition) 400 GB hard drives are
designed from the ground up to deliver enterprise reliability.

The demand for high capacity, high reliability storage is rapidly growing.
According to market research firm Gartner, the number of EIDE or ATA/SATA
terabytes shipped into multi-user servers and storage systems will grow at a
compound annual growth rate of 54 percent between 2005 and 2009. (Market Share
and Forecast: Hard Disk Drives Worldwide, 2000-2009, John Monroe, April 2005)

Meeting the 24×7 demands of enterprise environments, WD Caviar RE2 hard drives
employ RAFF™ (Rotary Accelerometer Feed Forward) technology, which maintains
drive performance in servers and storage arrays where rotational vibration robs
performance. Time Limited Error Recovery (TLER), a unique WD feature, maximizes
WD Caviar RE2 reliability in the enterprise by coordinating error handling with
RAID controllers to help prevent drive fallout caused by extended desktop hard
drive error-recovery processes.

Boosting performance on the 7,200 RPM WD Caviar RE2 is Native Command Queuing (NCQ),
16 MB cache and 8.7 milliseconds (ms) average seek time. Like all WD
enterprise-class hard drives, WD Caviar RE2 is supported with a 5-year warranty.

"The transition of enterprise infrastructure to serial interfaces is
accelerating due to the proven maturity of SATA and the emerging deployment of
SAS (Serial Attached SCSI)," said Richard E. Rutledge, vice president and
general manager of WD’s Computing Components Group. "Building on the market
adoption of WD Caviar RE and WD Raptor®, the next-generation WD Caviar RE2 400
GB demonstrates our unique ability to deliver what our enterprise customers
demand: high capacity, reliability, performance and advanced features."

"WD Caviar RE2 400 GB represents a significant milestone in the development of
the blended SATA-SAS enterprise architecture," said Joe Leader, senior director
of channel marketing and business development for LSI Logic storage adapters.
"For the first time, SAS offers a storage ecosystem that interconnects
seamlessly with next-generation SATA hard drives. The highly reliable, high
capacity WD Caviar RE2 is an exceptional complement to LSI Logic’s MegaRAID SATA
300-8X and MegaRAID SAS products. The market demand for hard drives with both
high capacity and high reliability is already large and growing, and the timing
with next generation SATA and SAS could not be better."

WD Caviar RE2 Availability & Pricing

WD Caviar RE2 400 GB (model WD4000YR) hard drives began shipping this month and
will be shipping in volume next month. Estimated street pricing for WD Caviar
RE2 is $ 289 USD. Additional information about WD Caviar RE2 hard drives may be
found on the company’s Web site at

http://www.westerndigital.com/products