Western Digital 2TB GreenPower HD

By on July 26, 2009
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The Terrabyte storage race is so on. Just a few months after Seagate released their controversial 1.5TB drive, along comes Western Digital upping the ante in consumer desktop space with their 2TB Green Series. As expected, it rotates at 7200RPM and has a 3Gb/s SATA interface along with a 32 MB Cache. Being a Green [...]

The Terrabyte storage race is so on. Just a few months after Seagate released their controversial 1.5TB drive, along comes Western Digital upping the ante in consumer desktop space with their 2TB Green Series. As expected, it rotates at 7200RPM and has a 3Gb/s SATA interface along with a 32 MB Cache.

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Being a Green Drive, it supposedly consumes lesser power and is quieter. While we don’t have any equipment to measure the energy savings from this drive, I can tell you that it is reasonably quiet. Not much else to say about this 3.5″ drive that hasn’t been said before so lets head straight to the numbers starting with HDTach

wd_t2bgreen_hdtach

To give you a bit of a comparison, here is the data from other drives in the same range under HDTach.

Burst Speed Average Read
WD GreenPower 2TB 228.9 MB/s 82.2 MB/s
WD Caviar Black 1TB 224.2 MB/s 89.3 MB/s
Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 233.3 MB/s 107.9 MB/s
WD Velociraptor 300GB 252.5 MB/s 109.9 MB/s

As you can see from the table above, the GreenPower drive doesn’t score very high under HDTach. Lets see if things are any different with PCMark Vantage’s Hard Disk tests.

Adding Music
Product
Score
Higher is better
Difference
WD Velociraptor 300GB
16.60
+114%
WD Caviar Black 1000GB
12.99
+67%
ST Barracuda 1500GB
11.34
+46%
WD GreenPower 2000GB
7.77
Adding Music
Application Loading
Product
Score
Higher is better
Difference

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7.62
+85%
ST Barracuda 1500GB
6.17
+49%
WD Caviar Black 1000GB
5.89
+43%
WD GreenPower 2000GB
4.13
Application Loading
Gaming
Product
Score
Higher is better
Difference
WD Velociraptor 300GB
20.49
+59%
WD Caviar Black 1000GB
15.88
+23%
ST Barracuda 1500GB
14.41
+12%
WD GreenPower 2000GB
12.92
Gaming
Video Editing
Product
Score
Higher is better
Difference
WD Velociraptor 300GB
52.64
+55%
WD Caviar Black 1000GB
52.57
+55%
ST Barracuda 1500GB
36.28
+7%
WD GreenPower 2000GB
33.86
Video Editing

Performance isnt something that the GreenPower will pride itself upon. Its the capacity that’ll make it sell. Ideally, you would want a fast drive like an SSD or the Velociraptor as your boot and applications drive along with a high capacity drive like this one in RAID mode to act as your data drive.

Priced at roughly around AED 900, you are getting about 45 fils per GB which is a bit higher than what you would get from a 1TB or even a 1.5TB drive that sell at AED 400 and AED 550 respectively.


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Comments
  • Mike Miller

    This drive doesn’t run at 7200RPM, it runs at 5400 RPM, as proven by several other renown sites. WD calls it “Intellipower” and suggests an RPM range of 5400 to 7200, but in reality, they always run at 5400 RPM. Albeit, with a high data density, so one might be misled from the linear transfer speeds.

  • cybrsage

    Also, the primary purpose of this drive is a storage drive which uses very little power when idle. Without measuring its power you skip the primary purpose of the drive.

    For example, it is perfect inside a HTPC. You rip your movies to the drive and it sits there idle, using almost no power, until you want to watch a movie.

  • http://www.tbreak.com Abbas Jaffar Ali

    Thanks for the tips guys- I should’ve realized the 7200RPM/5400RPM issue- totally my bad on it. Unfortunately, none of the hardware shops in Dubai that I’ve visited have any power measuring equipment otherwise I would’ve definitely tested that,

  • Ecopower

    “Performance isnt something that the GreenPower will pride itself upon. Its the capacity that’ll make it sell.”

    Take another look at the name — “Greenpower”. Not only does it use less power, it produces less heat, good for both the system and the drive. So less heat should equal a longer lifespan, and I’d assume the lower rotational speed would do the same, but that’s just a guess.

    Anyway, think of a RAID system of 6-8 enterprise class drives in a server. Screw drive throughput, a RAID 50 will rock with notebook drives. So which would you want in your system — a bunch of drives running at 8 watts a piece, with 50C platter temps, or drives running at 4 watts with 40C platter temps?

    Keep in mind, these are enterprise-class drives, so they are really intended for a reliable RAID setup…

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