Western Digital GreenPower Energy Efficient Hard Drives launched

WD Caviar GreenPower Hard Drive

Western Digital is now going the green way. Today, the company announced its new environment-friendly GreenPower family of WD desktop, enterprise, CE and external hard drive products.

The all new GreenPower line of hard drives come in capacities ranging from 320GB to 1TB.

The company also claims that these hard drives are able to save up to 40% in hard drive power consumption, which works out to as much as $10 per drive per year.

Other 1TB hard drives have a typical power consumption of 13.5 watts. Thus, replacing these drives with WD GreenPower hard drives can cut that rating by more than 5 watts. This significantly reduces heat, power consumption and the cost as well.

According to Mr. Sharad Srivastava, sales Director, South Asia and India, “With the GreenPower family, WD is improving the environment while reducing cost of ownership. Our focus on energy efficiency benefits commercial customers and consumers alike.”

Basically, The GreenPower Platform is designed with power savings as the primary attribute. GreenPower drives from WD deliver exceptional power conservation, ultra-cool, quiet operation and solid performance.

The following technologies enable WD’s GP platform.

  • IntelliPower: A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate and cache size designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance.
  • IntelliPark: Delivers lower power consumption by automatically unloading the heads during idle to reduce aerodynamic drag.
  • IntelliSeek: Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration.
  • The first hard drive to hit the market that takes advantage of WD’s new GreenPower technology is the 1TB WD Caviar GP hard drive when it ships in July this year. It will ship with the WD My Book range of storage appliances, and later on in August this year, you can expect a TB desktop channel to follow.

    GreenPower versions of WD RE enterprise drives and WD AV consumer electronics drive are expected to ship in volume in Q3 2007.