200GB Western Digital arrives

Western Digital recently announced the release of a monster 200GB hard drive in its Caviar series. At a time when too much hard drive space is never enough, this is a boon for power users and gamers who require a glut of hard drive space but don't have room in their PC case to accommodate multiple IDE drive units.

Like the other drives in the Caviar line (with capacities such as 180GB, 120GB, 80GB, 60GB and 40GB), this drive features a spin speed of 7200rpm and a buffer of 2MB, although Western Digital will also make available a Special Edition drive with a huge 8MB buffer. It uses an ATA100 interface and holds data on three platters, which are read by six physical heads, and it is stated to have an average seek time of 8.9ms.

Not every PC on the market will be able to use a drive of this capacity, however, so you will have to check your motherboard manufacturer's site to ensure that your board will be able to address a hard drive size over 137GB. In some cases, a BIOS update may be available for download.

Western Digital 200GB Caviar hard drive

Price: approximately $899.

Phone: (02) 9742 3288.

URL: www.acheiva.com.au.

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