Network Computing is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

WD Intros 2TB Green Hard Drive

Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) on Tuesday introduced a 2-TB hard drive to its environmentally friendly Caviar Green product line.

WD believes many consumers are ready for such a large capacity drive to store video, pictures, audio, and other files in their expanding media libraries. Quoting market intelligence firm Trend Focus, the hard-drive maker claims about 10% of 3.5-inch drives sold today are at the 1-TB level or higher.

The Caviar Green product line is one of WD's most successful product lines. The line leverages WD's GreenPower, a collection of technologies designed to reduce power consumption. The drives are designed for use in USB, FireWire, and eSATA external hard drives, desktop computers, workstations, and desktop RAID environments.

"With the launch of the new WD Caviar Green 2-TB hard drive, customers receive the additional capacities needed to operate today's highly advanced programs and high-resolution digital files while using less power than typical drives with similar performance and capacities," Jim Morris, senior VP and general manager of client systems at WD, said in a statement.

The latest drive has a 32-MB cache and a SATA interface with a maximum data-transfer rate of 3 Gbps. The product consumes 7.4 watts in read/write mode and 4 watts at idle. In standby and sleep mode, the drive consumes less than a watt.

  • 1