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2 TB WD Green 2.5-inch Hard Drive Goes on Sale

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Western Digital's new high-capacity 2.5-inch hard drive, the WD Green WD20NPVT made an appearance in Japanese ground stores. Strangely enough, while the drive is built in the 2.5-inch form-factor, it is 15 mm-thick, making it unfit for most notebooks. The drive provides a staggering 2 TB of unformatted capacity, and features IntelliPower variable spindle speed (4,500-5,400 RPM?), 8 MB cache, SATA 3 Gb/s interface, 0.2W idle (parked) and 1.7W (active) power consumption. It is priced at 18,800 JPY (US $240).

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its coool
 
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... quickly checks depth of 2.5" HDD caddie in 1U server
 

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Now make an external 2TB USB-powered 2.5" HDD!
 
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Finally an SSD @2TB at $120 per tera price.:toast:
 
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That would be great in my HTPC, I have a thing for 2.5's.

Might also fit my notebook, I'll have to look...
 
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Now make an external 2TB USB-powered 2.5" HDD!
couldn't you just buy this and stick in a caddy? That would make a 2TB USB-powered 2.5" HDD.
 

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couldn't you just buy this and stick in a caddy? That would make a 2TB USB-powered 2.5" HDD.
its taller than usual, so it may not fit in many enclosures.
 
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Any idea if the power usage matches laptop or enterprise drives? (regarding amps on 12v vs 5v)
 

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I dont care! I cant afford that! :roll::roll:



But its sata powered? :wtf::wtf:
wut? Inside the caddy, yes it is sata and power but outside it is normal USB 2.0 or USB 3.0?

I don't really understand your comment though. But I think this is what you meant.
 
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It is too bad they still can't put more space than 500GB/platter.
 
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TPU, please stop spreading misinformation (aka lies). Neither this drive, nor any other WD drive, Green, Blue, Black, Pink, whichever, does NOT, repeat - DOES NOT - change its RPM during operation. They all, including Green drives, operate at constant RPM. For Green 3,5" this is always 5400 RPM, as confirmed by at least two sites (SPCR and storagereview). WD marketing misinforms and provides inconclusive bull... ekhm, information.

This drive also does NOT use variable speed. This is confirmed by WD itself in its technical sheet (http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/SpecSheet/ENG/2879-771439.pdf). Following is a quotation from, 2nd page, bottom. See the word "invariable".

"3 A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance. For each WD Green drive model, WD may use a different, invariable RPM."

Unfortunately, WD never clearly gave RPM for its Green series. We know for a fact that for 3,5" it is 5400 RPM. We may only wonder whether for 2,5" version it s 4500 or 5400.

TPU, please correct the information.
 
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WD created the marketing spin to obfuscate the truth from the consumer. Let WD then, come and explain away their spin, and fix the facts!

Fact:

1. The quoted spin speed is 5400-7200 in the spec sheets
2. At manufacturing, when they test the drives, they set the spin speed to "balance" power consumption, noise, and error.
3. It means some drives operate at 5400, some faster, manybe a few as fast as 7200 but I doubt it. (Perhaps the ones they send to reviewers ;))
4. WD can take underperforming 7200 drives and get them to work within tolerances at 5400 and then label them Green Drives
5. It IS NOT GREEN for the consumer, but it is for WD ;-) No rejects bucket... just "green them"!
6. They perform crap
7. Many people, incl. myself, fell for the green spin. I will never buy WD again. Own-goal.

kater, you are a WD marketing troll. You are more interested in protecting WD reputation than protecting the interest and knowledge of the end buyer. Shame on you!
 

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CB, you either haven't read or understood the meat of my post. Whose clear purpose is to bash WD for their questionable marketing efforts. Or you forgot to use the legendary "ironic font 14 with plethora of smileys" ;)

TPU fell victim to WD PRopaganda department's efforts (like so many other sites and shops...), but more aggravating is the fact that they even suggested RPM range on their own - even WD did not do that.

Actually, WD make v good drives, I own a Blue and a Green, and had two VRs before I switched to SSD, and all perform(ed) well and all is good. Still, as already said, their marketing is, to say the least, questionable and unethical.

Just to be clear, don't accuse me of something (supporting WD) when I'm clearly objecting against what they have been doing with Green drives marketing. Also, I was the first one here to remind about the whole variable speed issue. I am merely asking TPU to make corrections to actually disclose and highlight WD's lies. TPU not only fell for WD spin, but they also failed to double check the issue, which kinda makes it worse. Especially that indepth tests by respectable sites have been online for years (SPCR, Dec 2007).

I'm sorry you fell for their spin. Still, you should have checked it properly, especially for the mythical variable speed, since it seems this feature drew your attention.

Interestingly, Hitachi is now making drives that actually DO have variable spin speed, depending on load. Read about CinemaStar 5K1000.
 
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TPU fell victim to WD PRopaganda
while I see your point,dont think this is right.

If you feel itch to have the product, just look up.
TPU dont need share all info about each product , especially if not brand new the future including.

I wouldn't buy this , but would love to have one for HTPC , but full speed.
I think this IntelliPower make it unreliable. But again, this is my own opinion.

Regards
 

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LGV, why TPU don't need to share all info about a product? I strongly believe they do! It's a respectable PC tech site, there's no other way for TPU but simply to provide reliable information. In this case it's not reliable. First, because WD info is misleading in itself, second, becasue TPU did not check the basic facts, but rather introduced some that are not even provided by WD. This is poor, sloppy journalism. TPU did not even repost press info from WD; the source of (mis)information was a Japanese shopping site.

One more thing - I don't agree that IntelliPower makes anything unreliable. IntelliPower is just permanently reduced speed, nothing else. All WD Black and Velociraptor have 5 (five) years of warranty, and are higher speed drives (7,200 and 10,000, respectively). Also, WD RE4 have 5 y warranty.
On the other hand, most other HDD makers offer only 2 years of warranty, even for their higher tier products.

As much as I respect TPU and consider it one of the very top PC news & review sites I must say that this piece was poorly done. Good thing is it can still be rectified ;)

Would I buy the drive for my HTPC? Hell yeah. It has everything my HTPC needs - small size (my HTPC is v small), permanently low RPM (reduced power consumption & noise) and enough performance (my main drive is SSD, and the HDD is only for storage and playback, nothing elese).