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Western Digital Caviar SE16 (WD3200AAKS)
Western Digital employs platters with highest density to date in new desktop drive

The hard drive capacity war isn't coming to any end anytime soon and it's obvious from the way the industry’s top manufacturers are raising the stakes. Western Digital is one of those key players and recently introduced a single-platter 320GB desktop hard drive. This new platter density falls slightly behind Samsung's high water mark of 334GB/platter.

The Caviar SE16 series will lead this new 320GB platter into the market starting with a single-platter 320GB desktop hard drive, model WD3200AAKS, that will feature a 16MB buffer and Native Command Queuing. All of the other specifications of this drive adhere to the Caviar SE16 line with a SATA 3.0 Gb/sec interface and a maximum buffer-to-disk transfer rate of 972 Mb/sec.

The single platter, 320GB model will no doubt pave the way for higher-capacity two and four platter drives in the future.

Pricing on the Western Digital Caviar SE16 320GB (WD3200AAKS) is listed at $100, but a quick search on your favorite price search engine will show prices as low as $70 from various e-tailers.

Update 1/25/2008: According to a close source at Western Digital, the WD3200AAKS model number is currently in use for the single 320GB platter model as well as the double 160GB platter model until the latter is phased out of the lineup.

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How is this "New"??
By SpaceRanger on 1/25/2008 10:56:02 AM , Rating: 3
The model # you reference in the article (WD3200AAKS) has been for sale now for quite some time (first Newegg Comment as of 3/28/07). How exactly is this "New"?? Did they reuse the old Model # for this "New" technology?

RE: How is this "New"??
By Griswold on 1/25/2008 11:09:00 AM , Rating: 2
Yes I think they did. They just toss it in the basket with the 2x160GB platter drives. Which sucks big time because it could prove to be somewhat tricky to not get one of the old models.

RE: How is this "New"??
By decalpha on 1/25/2008 11:54:29 AM , Rating: 2
Was really happy to see this news since I was in the market to buy a 500GB WD. Guess, I celebrated too soon as the Model Number remains the same :(

RE: How is this "New"??
By AWeav09 on 1/25/2008 4:41:20 PM , Rating: 2
Would it be possible to tell whether you have a 1x320GB drive or a 2x160GB drive once you have it in your possession? That is, without running benchmarks and comparing your results to known 2x160GB drives or actually opening up the drive and looking.

RE: How is this "New"??
By SpaceRanger on 1/25/2008 4:53:13 PM , Rating: 2
Good Question. I was looking for drives to buy today, and seeing this made me hold off on my purchase. Might just bite the bullet and get a different drive anyway...

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