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December 4, 2007 by Devon
Western Digital Caviar Green Power WD7500AACS
750GB, 5,400 RPM Low Power Hard Drive
Most of the time, buying a hard drive comes down to two criteria: Price and
capacity. Performance may also be factored in to the equation on occasion, but
differences in drive performance tend to be small and, outside of a few specialized
applications, very difficult to notice. This is a tough situation for drive
makers, since it means that the best selling drives tend to be the ones with
the best price-to-size ratio a scenario that leads to price wars and
One way out of this is to find a market segment that will pay extra for certain
features and design a product to fit that niche. Western Digital has done this
before with the Raptor X, and they appear to be doing something similar with
their new Green Power series. It's not hard to guess which sector it targets.
It's main claim to being Green is reduced power consumption a claim that
Western Digital makes loudly. The marketing for the drive is filled with detailed
numbers about the amount of power you (might) save, the amount of money it (may)
save you, and equivalent amount of carbon it (potentially) saves.
Their most impressive claim is to have reduced power consumption by 40% over
regular drives. That's impressive, but, given that drives aren't terribly power
hungry to begin with, it translates into only 4~5W. That's something, especially
aggregated over thousands of drives in a data center, but it's not a whole lot
for an end user, especially given that most of the environmental cost of the
drive is tied up in the manufacturing process, not the energy it consumes afterwards.
|Western Digital Caviar Green Power WD7500AACS
(from Western Digital's web
|FEATURE & BRIEF
A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate, and caching algorithms
designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance.
For each GreenPower drive model, WD may use a different, invariable
|| Our 750 GB
sample is 5,400 RPM. Storage Review's 1 TB sample was 5,400 RPM. WD's literature
lists the possible speed range as 5,400~7,200 RPM, but we have yet to hear
reports of any models above 5,400 RPM.
Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise,
seeking that lets the seek head move more slowly when it would otherwise
have to wait for the latency of the spindle. Should be good for reliability
Delivers lower power consumption by automatically unloading the heads
during idle to reduce aerodynamic drag.
notebook drive feature migrates to the desktop.
Secures the motor shaft at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration
and stabilize platters for accurate tracking, during read and write operations
(750 GB and 1 TB models only).
this is necessary to produce 3- and 4-platter drives.
Wear Leveling (PWL) Proactively monitors and prevents magnetic
wear during high read/write duty cycle applications.
be good for reliability. Flash drives use a similar technique to best use
the limited number of read/write cycles.
| Large capacity
Up to 1TB of storageideal for graphic design, video editing,
gaming, advanced business computing, and other high-end desktop applications.
maximum for most manufacturers.
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