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Western Digital Announces New Lineup of Se Hard Drives

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WD is releasing a new lineup of hard drives, the Se lineup for datacenters.

Western Digital has announced its new lineup of Se-series hard drives. These hard drives are intended to be used in data centers and with industrial applications. The drives are engineered to be much more robust and reliable, and thus aim to be more cost-effective.

"Today's cloud datacenter installations require a cost-effective way to build large-scale storage systems, while maintaining the 24x7 reliability necessary to minimize total cost of ownership," said Richard E. Rutledge, senior vice president of WD's datacenter storage business unit. "WD's utilization of vast amounts of manufacturing and engineering data has forced us - like many other companies - to use map-reduce methodologies to effectively analyze our data. The WD Se hard drives are used in our own big datacenter, where we have gained real-world experience with Apache Hadoop."

The WD Se drives will be available in capacities ranging from 2 TB to 4 TB. All of the drives will spin at 7200 RPM, have a SATA interface, sequential performance of up to 171 MB/s, and an MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) of 800,000 hours. This is based on a workload of around 180 TB/yr. The drives consume up to 9.5 W during random reads and writes.

The drives should already be available through select retailers, with MSRP pricing starting at $159.99 for the WD2000F9YZ and ending at $309.99 for the WD4000F9YZ.

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    Onus , May 31, 2013 1:08 PM
    If these are offered with five year warranties, I could see them being a good option The price premium doesn't look too bad (they will no doubt come in under MSRP), but data reliability can be a big deal. Since they are targeted at data centers, I wonder if they will have TLER for RAID use?
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    vmem , May 31, 2013 1:16 PM
    They really should come with TLER, but if they do indeed have TLER, they'd be a steal at this price for home NAS etc
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    Anomalyx , May 31, 2013 2:03 PM
    I sure hope these drives have TLER. If so, I'll probably be picking up a few. If not, then most data centers would be foolish to use these.
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    WithoutWeakness , May 31, 2013 2:10 PM
    From WD's website and the other articles I've read it looks like the Se lineup is a lower-cost alternative to the Re series. The drives have all the features of the Re drives, including TLER. They are just rated with a lower MTBF than the Re series. Given that they are targeted at enterprise customers and still come with a 5-year warranty these will make for great cheaper alternatives for Re drives for home users who demand the features that only Re-series drives have.
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    matthelm , May 31, 2013 2:17 PM
    If you follow the provided link ... Who forgot to provide a link to the WD news artical??
    I hate "news" sites that don't prove the link to the source!
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    danwat1234 , May 31, 2013 3:40 PM
    Let me guess. The 4TB model will STILL have 5 platters instead of 4?

    Their datasheet ( shows that the 2TB, 3TB and 4TB models all are the same weight and same power consumption. Doesn't make sense unless they all have the same number of platters.
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    unksol , May 31, 2013 3:51 PM
    If you follow the provided link ... Who forgot to provide a link to the WD news artical??
    I hate "news" sites that don't prove the link to the source!

    You mean the source up there at the top? Under the headline? By the authors name? Where it is on EVERY Toms "news" article? The source that clearly says TLER is supported? That one?
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    Chaoss , May 31, 2013 6:26 PM
    Ohh I might pick myself up a set of 4TB drives
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    jnkweaver , June 2, 2013 5:23 PM
    So if the MTBF is 800,000 hours (a little over 91 years) then why do we have to cut the warranty period? Used to be harddrives were warrantied for 7 years, now 5 is the best you can get, the Reds are 3 years and the greens and blues and Seagate's are 2 years. Must be an extremely flat bell curve.