Feeds

WD ups Caviar HDD capacity, lowers thermals

Cooler than slower drives, apparently

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Western digital announced this week that its Caviar family of hard drives now runs at significantly lower temperatures and uses less power - not only than the company's own drives but less than all of its rivals' products, the company claimed.

The new models, which spin at 7200rpm, also run cooler than many slower, 5400rpm drives, WD claimed.

Quite apart from beating up on the competition, the drives' lower temperature operation should improve their operating lifespan, not to mention reducing the energy consumed by host PCs keeping themselves cool. That's even in "challenging environments such as small-form-factor PCs, fan-less consumer electronics devices and multi-drive storage systems", the company said.

The cooler-running drives arrive as WD added a 320GB model to its current Caviar line-up. That range includes drives with capacities ranging from 40GB to 250GB, with 2MB or 8MB of cache. The Caviar SE 320GB drives have an 8MB cache and run at 7200 RPM. The drives offer a mean read seek time of 8.9ms and a write time of 10.9ms.

Serial ATA (model number WD3200JD) and EIDE (WD3200JB) versions will be offered, WD said. They will be available at stores next month, and may be pre-ordered at the company's online store. ®

Related stories

Western Digital to end HDD part code confusion
WD caches up 80 gig HDD
WD flogs external 120GB FireWire HDD

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Oracle reveals 32-core, 10 BEEELLION-transistor SPARC M7
New chip scales to 1024 cores, 8192 threads 64 TB RAM, at speeds over 3.6GHz
Docker kicks KVM's butt in IBM tests
Big Blue finds containers are speedy, but may not have much room to improve
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
Gartner's Special Report: Should you believe the hype?
Enough hot air to carry a balloon to the Moon
Flash could be CHEAPER than SAS DISK? Come off it, NetApp
Stats analysis reckons we'll hit that point in just three years
Dell The Man shrieks: 'We've got a Bitcoin order, we've got a Bitcoin order'
$50k of PowerEdge servers? That'll be 85 coins in digi-dosh
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.