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Western Digital Announces New Lineup of Se Hard Drives

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.

Niels Broekhuijsen
Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware news on all components and peripherals.
  • Onus
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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!
    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1050
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  • danwat1234
    Let me guess. The 4TB model will STILL have 5 platters instead of 4?
    Retarded

    Their datasheet (http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1050) 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
    10892842 said:
    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!
    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1050

    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
    Ohh I might pick myself up a set of 4TB drives
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  • jnkweaver
    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.
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