Western Digital intros 1TB power efficient drive
After bumping its Caviar RE2 hard drive series up to 750GB last week, Western Digital has struck again, this time with a line of power-efficient hard drives that features capacities up to 1TB. WD's new GreenPower hard drive family will offer capacities of 320GB to 1TB, and the company boasts that it can cut power consumption by up to 40%. The first members of the GreenPower line are the new Caviar GP hard drives, which are scheduled to ship later this month in My Book storage appliances and next month in the retail channel. The drives have a variable spindle speed of 5400RPM to 7200RPM, 16MB of cache, and support for 300MB/s Serial ATA transfer speeds. Western Digital cites the following features as responsible for their low-power label:
IntelliPower™ - A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate and cache size designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance.
IntelliSeek™ - Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration.
IntelliPark™ - Delivers lower power consumption by automatically unloading the heads during idle to reduce aerodynamic drag.
A Flash demo of the IntelliSeek technology in action can be viewed here
. Western Digital also says it is cooking up GreenPower versions of its RE enterprise drives and AV consumer electronics drives for the third quarter of this year.