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WD launches energy efficient 2TB HDD

Posted at 29 January 2009 23:19 CET by Randomus

In an effort to help consumers go green, Western Digital has unveiled a new 2TB Caviar Green HDD as manufacturers continue to increase overall storage capacities of HDD offerings.

The new drives have 32MB of cache and a 8.9ms seek time, along with having the ability to change between 5400 and 7200 RPM depending on the current load.  The drive has a storage capacity of 400GB per square inch, and uses a 500GB per platter design in this specific drive. 

WD plans to have the Caviar Green 2TB WD20EADS available by the end of the month.

WD also is releasing 1TB and 1.5TB versions of the HDD, hoping consumers are interested in going green to reduce power costs and help the environment. More than 10 percent of the 3.5-inch HDD market is made up off 1TB or higher drives, with storage costs getting cheaper.

Seagate is reportedly also working on a 2TB green HDD, but it’s unknown when that drive will be available.  As Seagate works to fix a major flaw in its Barracuda 7200.11 series, the 2TB HDD will likely be delayed until the self-bricking problem is resolved.

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No longer with us
Posted on: 30 Jan 09 03:02
    Buy.com has this for preorder around $278.
    gamo62
    MyCE Junior Member
    Posted on: 30 Jan 09 03:03
      Even at $278, it seems like a bit high. Looks like they beat Seagate to the punch. I guess until they resolve the bricking problem with the 7200.11 drives, it might be awhile.
      Crabbyappleton
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 30 Jan 09 03:30
        NewEgg just sent me a mail for the 1Terabyte- $99 dollars shipped!
        No longer with us
        Posted on: 30 Jan 09 17:00
          I see we are back to 4 platters drives though... I might decide to upgrade when they finally release a 1TB platter.
          r_saotome
          MyCE Senior Member
          Posted on: 31 Jan 09 00:36
            These NUMBERS look pretty impressive for a GREEN drive, can't wait to see the BLACK drive's perfomance! http://www.cdfreaks.com/jochem/../im...es/2/smile.gif

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