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Audio/Video Hardware => Computers & Networking => Topic started by: Andrew on May 27, 2011, 09:06:09 AM

Title: New HDD drives from WD.
Post by: Andrew on May 27, 2011, 09:06:09 AM
Got this press release two days back - they seem to be claiming that these HDDs have been designed to be more media friendly. Wondering if it's more hype than anything else - checked them out on Digital Planet, and they're not cheap. I can still get the 'old' 2TB WD Caviar Green for just under R1000 at Prophecy, while the 'new' 2TB is selling for close on R2000.

Comments?

Press Release: DCC launches WD's largest capacity 3 TB SATA hard drives for

AV

 

New WD AV-GP 2.5 TB, 3 TB Hard Drives Offer Cool-Running, Unrivalled Storage

Capacity for Reliable 24/7 Video Streaming in IPTV, DVR, Media Centre PC and

Surveillance Systems

 

25 May 2011

 

Distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC) has launched Western Digital's

(WD) addition of the 2.5 TB and 3 TB versions to its family of WD AV-GP SATA

hard drives, serving the audio-video (AV) market. Shipping immediately, the

2.5 TB and 3 TB capacity, 3.5-inch, WD AV-GP hard drives offer 24X7

reliability, low power consumption and unrivalled storage capacity for

storage-intensive AV applications such as digital video recorders, video

surveillance, single-drive media servers and external multimedia storage.

 

"Designed to go the distance in high-temperature, always-on streaming

digital AV environments, WD AV-GP drives store more hi-def audio and video

than ever before with our new 2.5 TB and 3 TB versions," says Jim Welsh,

executive vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and CE

business units. "Combine unsurpassed capacity, power-saving WD GreenPower

Technology, and performance capabilities to capture up to 12 simultaneous HD

video streams with SilkStream technology and the drive choice is made clear

in optimising AV applications like PVR/DVR, IPTV and video surveillance."

 

Says Linsay Narayanan, WD Product Specialist at DCC, "This latest addition

to the WD range of products will allow our resellers to meet the demands of

AV environments such as casino's and corporates that employ security

cameras. In addition, these products are energy efficient which also meets

the requirement to reduce energy consumption which is high on the agenda of

most businesses today." 

 

The WD AV-GP family of drives delivers 24X7 reliability along with

power-saving WD GreenPower Technology. The WD AV-GP drives are field tested

to have a 1.0 million hour MTBF rating. Drives with capacities in excess of

2.19 TB currently present barriers for certain PC hardware, firmware and

software. For example, drives larger than 2.19 TB are not supported by

systems running Windows XP; and systems with 32-bit versions of Windows

Vista or Windows 7 relegate drives larger than 2.19 TB to be used as

secondary drives. Thus, it is important to review existing PC specifications

prior to installation of either the 2.5 TB or 3 TB WD AV-GP drives.

 

Title: Re: New HDD drives from WD.
Post by: ara on May 27, 2011, 09:45:48 AM
2TB of these drives is also less than R 1,000  ;)
Title: Re: New HDD drives from WD.
Post by: Andrew on May 27, 2011, 09:48:37 AM
Where? I looked at Digital Planet, which was the only place they said was stocking them, and the one I saw there was around R1 800?  ???
Title: Re: New HDD drives from WD.
Post by: Prince on May 27, 2011, 09:50:47 AM
Cool..

-well Seagate is squeezing 1TB per Platter these days, to only use 3 Platters per drive for their future 3TB drives.
Title: Re: New HDD drives from WD.
Post by: Andrew on May 27, 2011, 09:52:47 AM
On WD - what is the 'black' and 'green' designation for again?
Title: Re: New HDD drives from WD.
Post by: ara on May 27, 2011, 09:56:45 AM
Not retail  ;) and the black is there supper dupper fast drives with 5 year warranty and the green drives are there slower drives with variable speed (according to some sources) but I believe they always spin at around 5,400rpm.
Title: Re: New HDD drives from WD.
Post by: Andrew on May 27, 2011, 10:00:10 AM
Ah, cool. Gimme!  ;) Spoke to the guy who represents the media player I have and he said the green is more than okay for the device, so that's what I'll most likely go for. I need to back up my 1TB HDD before I have a heart attack if it breaks on me.
Title: Re: New HDD drives from WD.
Post by: Prince on May 27, 2011, 10:08:59 AM
Not retail  ;) and the black is there supper dupper fast drives with 5 year warranty and the green drives are there slower drives with variable speed (according to some sources) but I believe they always spin at around 5,400rpm.

-I believe slower spinning drives last longer...

:)
Title: Re: New HDD drives from WD.
Post by: LAV on May 27, 2011, 11:07:19 AM
HDD drive? Hard disk drive drive?  :) (Sorry Andrew  ;) ;D)

I am a firm believer in the fact that HDDs WILL fail. It's an electro-mechanical gadget with moving parts...it cannot last forever. That's what backups are for.
Title: Re: New HDD drives from WD.
Post by: Andrew on May 27, 2011, 01:28:15 PM
HDD drive? Hard disk drive drive?  :) (Sorry Andrew  ;) ;D)

I am a firm believer in the fact that HDDs WILL fail. It's an electro-mechanical gadget with moving parts...it cannot last forever. That's what backups are for.


Oops.  :-[  Brain doesn't always work properly...  ;D
Title: Re: New HDD drives from WD.
Post by: u235 on May 27, 2011, 03:16:59 PM
HDD drive? Hard disk drive drive?  :) (Sorry Andrew  ;) ;D)

I am a firm believer in the fact that HDDs WILL fail. It's an electro-mechanical gadget with moving parts...it cannot last forever. That's what backups are for.


Nothing lasts forever. Even black holes evaporate. I had an active IBM AS400 on a client site in a cupboard that some idiot then walled in. They forgot where it was. It was still running, maintenance free, almost 10 years later.

5 years is good enough for me. It'll all be flash by then anyway.
Title: Re: New HDD drives from WD.
Post by: BWS on May 30, 2011, 08:26:44 AM
-I believe slower spinning drives last longer...

:)

I'm not sure, The 15K SAS drives in our HP  3U have been running non stop for ages ;D

On another note a bit OT, Anyone with a server at home, maybe for Media server purposes or whatever, you can vastly increase your storage if your server has a SAS backplane. Many do know but others may not, that SAS is backwards compatable with SATA. I've got an IBM with 6 2.5" SAA bays running 6 X 500GB 7200Rpm SATA drives - Nice storage compared to the relatively small capacities of SAS drives, not to menton price