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Compaq is to include the ill-fated Western Digital Caviar hard drive in its Deskpro and Presario PC ranges. The Caviar was dubbed 'Cadaver' by some wags after being beset by failures last year. Its range has been bolstered by the addition of a 10.2GB drive. The Caviar can withstand shocks forces of up to 65G and still keep running. Having such a robust HDD could come handy, given the problems many Compaq customers had over the Christmas holiday period with Presarios that wouldn't boot up properly. At least now you can beat the living crap out of your Compaq PC and be reassured that your HDD will stand up to plenty of abuse. In a statement issued today, Compaq said customers in both business and consumer markets want higher, faster storage for multimedia and Internet applications. Western Digital reckons it provides the most cost-effective platform claiming to be 10 per cent faster than similar EIDE disks on the market. Senior Vice President of Western Digital’s Desktop Solutions said: "We agree (with Compaq) that today's more sophisticated end users expect a higher level of performance from their PC." You don't say. The latest additions to the Caviar range bulk up from 10.2GB to 20.5GB and run at 7200 Rpm. ® See also: Massive recall hits Western Digital Frozen Presarios found in Compaq support glacier

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