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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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RE: Raptor Model?
By wannabemedontu on 1/25/2008 11:46:17 AM , Rating: 2
Oh yeah, that would be the sweet spot.

RE: Raptor Model?
By phattyboombatty on 1/25/2008 2:25:48 PM , Rating: 2
It's definitely time for an upgrade to the Raptor line. But, there still seems to be a large market for the existing Raptors, so I guess WD doesn't have much motivation to bring out anything new.

RE: Raptor Model?
By TomZ on 1/25/2008 3:03:20 PM , Rating: 2
I'd be ready for a 300GB Raptor. The 150GB is a bit too small by today's standards.

Actually, the 74GB Raptor was released in early 2004, and the 150GB Raptor in January 2006, so maybe it's time...

RE: Raptor Model?
By ImSpartacus on 1/25/2008 3:21:03 PM , Rating: 2
I just want a new raptor capacity to come out so the smaller ones get cheaper .)

but ~600gb of raptors in raid0 would be pretty sweet.

RE: Raptor Model?
By mindless1 on 1/26/08, Rating: 0
RE: Raptor Model?
By kg4alb on 1/26/2008 11:59:16 AM , Rating: 4
...or you could actually try Vista or do some actual research instead of being a sheep and believing all the misinformation you hear on the internet.

RE: Raptor Model?
By mindless1 on 1/27/2008 7:03:01 AM , Rating: 1
Same to ya, since it's a clear fact.

RE: Raptor Model?
By dflynchimp on 1/28/2008 9:47:58 AM , Rating: 2
clear fact my @$$. I'm no fanboy but I'm liking my Vista plenty. It's not better than XP for the most part, but it's not any worse (you do get DX10 support).

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