Selasa, 19 Oktober 2010

Western Digital 3TB Caviar Green Hard Drive Specification

Western Digital 3TB Caviar Green Hard Drive Specification - Western Digital announced today that the company is beginning shipments of a brand new SATA hard drive. The new drive is already labeled as the world’s biggest SATA hard drive, capacity wise. To add to the bullet points, though, WD decided to make the new hard drive part of their Caviar Green line-up of drives, making it an eco-friendly option for all those out there who think about that kind of stuff.

Not only that its capacity is gargantuan but its added features are nothing less than astounding as well. Coming from the horse’s mouth, this newly released hard-drive has reduced power-consumption making it possible for energy-efficient customers to maximize the power on their rig. Cool and quiet technology only possible through making this HD run on low power operating temperature, theoretically speaking, it can also extend the life of the hardware as well. Other than that, it also boast some advance features like IntelliPower and Intelliseek which basically calculates the spin speed, power, transfer rate of the media to ensure optimal recording quality in each cycle it makes.

Western Digital 3TB Caviar Green Hard Drive Specification :

- Interface: Serial ATA-2 (3Gbps)
- Form Factor: 3.5"
- Cache: 64MB
- Average Seek Time: 15ms
- Average Latency: 5.5ms
- Platters: 4 at 750GB/Platter
- Peak Read/Write Sequential Watts: 6.0W
- Idle Watts: 5.5W
- Sleep/Standby Idle Watts: 0.80W
- Temperature Range: 5 to 60 Degrees Celsius
- Acoustics (idle/seek): 24 / 29 dBA

The Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB drive is the first drive of its capacity to be available for purchase for use as a boot or secondary drive. Seagate was technically first to market with their external 3TB storage solution, but it has not been sold as a bare drive for DIY use. The 50% capacity jump is great if you are working with limited bay NAS units, which might already be maxed out with 2TB drives. In a given RAID 5 implementation going from four 2TB drives to four 3TB drives means your total storage capacity goes from 5.5TB up to 8.3TB.

Besides the significantly higher starting price over the 2TB Caviar Green ($189.00 MSRP for the 2.5TB and $239.00 for the 3TB), the new 3TB model does have its drawbacks. Compatibility is limited, there is no current Windows XP support, and even with the HBA add-on card you still might run into problems. As time goes on though, every system will be moving to become UEFI compatible, and this issue goes away on its own. Until then, if you can’t wait to finally increase the capacity of your machine, or absolutely must have the latest hardware, the 3TB Western Digital Caviar Green might be for you.

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