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Western Digital Expands WD Gold Series 18 Terabyte Hard Drives

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Western Digital expanded its WD Gold enterprise hard drive line with the 18 terabyte flagship model. The drive features a 3.5-inch 6Gb/s SATA form factor and is designed for 24/7 RAID operation. The drive uses the Conventional Magnetic Recording (CMR) method, so the performance degradation noticeable in the case of SMR drives is not compromised.

18-terabyte WD Gold (WD181KRYZ) is characterized by a spindle speed of 7200 rpm, 512 Mbyte DRAM buffer and HelioSeal technology, which implies filling the internal space of the device with helium. The maximum sequential read/write speed is not yet known, but for the junior solutions of the line it reaches 267 Mbytes per second. The reported failure time is 2.5 million hours.

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An 18TB WD Gold hard drive is available in European retail for €650. Western Digital also offers a 16-terabyte model for €582. Unfortunately, the timing of new products in Ukrainian stores is not disclosed.

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