WD GreenPower HDDs consume less power

Posted on Monday, Jul 23 2007 @ 18:55 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Western Digital has released a new lineup of GreenPower desktop, CE and enterprise hard drives. The firm claims this new HDD family uses up to 40% less energy, or as much as $10 per drive per year.
ENERGY STAR 4.0 computing systems are designed to enable organizations to minimize their carbon footprint as well as realize significant savings in electricity costs. By WD estimates, in certain applications, the new GreenPower platform can save greater than $10 per drive per year in electricity costs. For example, a data center with 10,000 drives can save $100,000 in annual energy costs, and reduce CO2 emission by 600 metric tons - the equivalent of taking almost 400 cars off the road for a year.
Some of the new technologies used in the GreenPower drives:
  • 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.


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