Sunday, October 5, 2008

Western Digital Announces 2nd generation Caviar Green Drive

As Kermit says, "It's not easy being green."  The concept of course is a fairly simple one.  If we all do a little, it adds up to a lot.  In the last couple of years I've found myself trying harder and harder to be green.  It's not just good for the environment of the present, but hopefully it makes things easier for our children as well.

Last year, Western Digital began producing "Green Drives" that used less energy.  Although they were the first, others soon followed.  Now WD is announcing their second generation.  Here is the official low down from the company:

Environmental sustainability is important to us at Western Digital. One of the best ways we can make a positive impact on the environment is to help our customers PC, server, consumer electronics and external hard drive manufacturers - offer products that consume less electricity. To that end, WD has designed eco-friendly hard drives with GreenPower™ Technology for WD® desktop, enterprise, CE and external hard drive products.

Based on extensive customer input toward supporting ENERGY STAR 4.0 compliance and incorporating the latest in engineering technology we developed this platform to bring more energy efficient hard drive options to our customers.

It's about the environment

As hard drive capacities increase, the power required to run those drives increases as well. Currently available 1 TB hard drives have a typical power consumption rating greater than 13.5 watts. WD has designed the first 3.5-inch hard drives that deliver power savings as the primary attribute.

Green drives from WD yield average drive power savings of 4-5 watts over competitors' drives while maintaining solid performance.

That power savings equates to reducing CO2 emission by up to 60 kilograms per drive per year - the equivalent of taking your car off the road for 14 days each year. This new platform makes it possible for our energy-conscious customers to build systems with higher capacities and the right balance of system performance, ensured reliability and energy conservation.

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