Reprinted from a Western Digital press release:
LAKE FOREST, Calif., June 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Continuing to lead
the 7,200 RPM market with its WD Caviar family, Western Digital Corp.
today introduced the industry’s largest capacity hard drive — its
WD Caviar 200 GB 7,200 RPM product. This milestone marks the fourth
consecutive first-to-market 7,200 RPM hard drive delivered by Western Digital
— which was first to deliver 7,200 RPM hard drives in 80, 100 and 120 GB
WD Caviar 60 GB-per-platter 7,200 RPM hard drives will be offered in
capacities ranging from 120 to 200 GB and will be available this July. To
ensure quiet operation in noise-sensitive desktop/work station environments,
Western Digital offers hard drives equipped with optional fluid dynamic
bearing (FDB) motors.
“Hard drive manufacturers are providing incredible levels of performance
and capacity to the PC market, as well as to today’s emerging markets
demanding massive local storage such as personal video recorders,” said Mark
Geenen, president of TrendFocus, a research firm specializing in the data
storage market. “Western Digital successfully focuses on the highest capacity
and highest performance EIDE hard drives, and delivers another first with
“Continued demand for the exceptional performance of 7,200 RPM hard drives
at the highest capacities makes these hard drives an ideal choice for
computing needs that range from top-of-the-line desktops and work stations to
high-end IDE applications such as entry-level enterprise servers,” said
Richard E. Rutledge, vice president of marketing for Western Digital.