New hard drive from Western Digital with 8MB cache
With the Caviar-WD-100BB-SE, Western Digital brings a 100 GB hard drive with an 8 MB buffer onto the market. So far, this new hard drive is only available in very limited numbers, as it is a 'Special Edition', as the 'SE' at the end of the name shows.
According to WD, the IDE should Hard drive can reach the speeds of comparable SCSI devices. The plate has 3 discs inside, each with 33 GByte capacity, 7200 rpm and Ultra-ATA/100. Due to the very large cache of 8 MByte, it should leave the previous model, which only has 2 MByte but is otherwise identical, behind by up to 25 percent in benchmarks. So far, the hard drive can only be purchased from the Western Digital online shop.