Western Digital RE4 2TB Enterprise review

  • £184

An enterprise class drive in beefy 2TB trim

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For

  • Good power saving features
  • Longer lasting than normal drive
  • Solid build quality

Against

  • Not the fastest 2TB drive
  • Expensive in comparison

You may have just glanced a the price for Western Digital's RE4-GP and started wondering if the pricing structure has been caught in a time warp. All is not as it seems though, because the RE4-GP line are unusual hybrids – the Caviar Green series meets an Enterprise drive, with all the power-saving of the first and reliability of the latter.

Of course, it also means extra cost, especially if you use a set of them in RAID as intended. The RE4-GP's green credentials are also part of the reason it suffers in some of our performance tests.

It employs Western Digital's IntelliPower technology, which uses less power than standard drives by reducing the spindle spin speed depending on what the drive is doing. To make up for this, the drive has a huge 64MB cache, which boosts its random access performance.

Basically, the RE4-GP 2TB is a 2TB 64MB cached Caviar Green drive with lots of added bits inside. These do little – if anything – to improve the disk's performance, but make all the difference when it comes to the drive's stability and longevity in its normal environment, which isn't in a desktop but in a server rack.

You can use it in a desktop PC, but you're paying over the odds if you do.

As well as the Western Digital power-saving Intelli technologies found in the Caviar Green (Intelliseek and IntelliPower), there's also IntelliPark, which automatically unloads the recording heads when the disk is idle and disengages the read/write channel electrics, saving even more power.

It also offers motion sensors to watch out for knocks and bumps, and is built to much tighter tolerances than much of the competition.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeHard Drive
Buffer64 MB
Product FamilyRE4-GP
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width3.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/300
Brand NameWD
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity2 TB
Height26.1 mm
Width101.6 mm
Depth147 mm
Product SeriesRE4-GP
ManufacturerWestern Digital Corporation
Product ModelWD2002FYPS
Product NameRE4-GP WD2002FYPS Hard Drive
Hot SwappableYes
Manufacturer Part NumberWD2002FYPS
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.wdc.com
Marketing Information

RE4-GP WD2002FYPS Hard Drive With improved performance, lower power consumption and higher capacity, this new generation of WD RE-GP drives provides even lower cost-of-ownership to organizations with large data centers. Improvements in our power-conserving technologies Intelli Seek, Intelli Park, and Intelli Power deliver improved power consumption over our previous generation of WD RE-GP drive.

Weight (Approximate)730.3 g