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 Western Digital Caviar WD1200BB - Preamble
 Date  : Dec 15th, 2001
 Category  : Storage
 Manufacturer   : Western Digital
 Author  : Jin-Wei Tioh
Western Digital leapfrogged the ATA hard drive market with the release of the Caviar WD400BB, the first drive to feature an unheard of aerial density of 20GB/platter. Even prior to this, WD had already turned many heads with the Expert AC41800.

A few months ago, the behemoth 100GB Caviar WD1000BB was released. Top class performance, coupled with its monstrous capacity made it the leader in our 7200RPM IDE category. However, Western Digital wasn't the pioneer in coming out with a 7200RPM 40GB/platter drive. That honor belongs to the Seagate (Barracuda IV), followed closely by Maxtor. Now it is WD's turn with the Caviar WD1200BB.

For this drive, Western Digital chose to stick to the 3-platter design of the Caviar WD1000BB, yielding a flagship capacity of 120GB. No doubt an astounding figure, some of the WD1200BB's thunder has been stolen by Maxtor's 160GB D540X (5400RPM, 4-platter 40GB/platter) and IBM's soon-to-be-released Deskstar 120GXP. The Caviar is speced with a 2MB buffer, 8.9ms seek time and an ATA-100 interface. Inline with the industry standard, a full 3-year warranty rounds out the package.

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