Western Digital bigs up 120GB hard drive

Space for all those MP3s

Western Digital has announced its WD1200BB hard drive, which it claims is the first 120GB drive on the market.

To provide an indication of capacity, the company says the drive can store 2,000 photos, 45 hours of music, 5 hours of digital video, 22 games and 35 software programs.

The Caviar, an ATA/100 EIDE drive spinning at 7,200 RPM, is the latest in the product family, which previously scaled up to 100GB only. It has three 40GB platters, with a 2MB buffer.

WD recently released a special edition of a 100GB Caviar with an 8MB buffer.

Compaq appears to be one of the first buyers, with an exec from the company saying nice things about WD in the press release. It will include them on its high-end desktop systems.

The Reg hopes that the drive will be more successful than one of its high-profile competitors, IBM's 75GXP range, which is the cause of a class action suit against the company. ®

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