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Western Digital addes 4TB SAS, SATA enterprise hard drives to product line

Western Digital has announced the release of new enterprise hard drives that can hold up to 4TB of data, the largest in the current market.

The new WD RE SAS comes in 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB capacities, while the WD RE SATA drive is available in 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB versions. Both measure in at 3.5in.

"WD continues to pioneer the capacity-optimized 3.5-inch market segment, in particular," Doug Pickford, senior director of business marketing for WD's enterprise business unit, said in a statement, "The drives are designed, tested and optimized for enterprise storage and applications, enabling 33 percent greater capacity than previously available drives and up to 2.4 PB of raw capacity in a single enterprise rack."

The SAS and SATA drives include dual port and full duplex connectivity, a high level of reliability, and planet-friendly components, as well as NoTouch ramp load technology, which means the recording heads never touch the disk media, providing significantly less wear to the system.

The machines can be purchased on the WD website or through select retailers, with a price tag of $229 to $479 (£140 to £295), depending on capacity and features. More details are below.

Western Digital recently climbed back to the top spot among hard drive sellers after the Thai floods put WD second to rival Seagate. The January floods affected WD's ability to manufacture hard disk drives, costing it roughly $199 million (£122 million). But by the second quarter of 2012, WD had produced 71 million HDD units and earned $4.8 billion (£3 billion) in revenue – a record for WD, and a feat the company didn't expect to accomplish until at least the third calendar quarter.