Excerpt: It’s been nearly two years since we saw the first 2TB drives hit the market. You’d think we would have gotten 3TB drives months ago. It’s not that hard, is it? Turns out, it’s pretty complicated. We’ll get into all that in a second, but in the meantime, here’s what you need to know: Western Digital’s new 3TB Caviar Green drive is the first internal bootable 3TB drive to hit the market.
Summary: Despite the potential incompatibilities with older systems, this drive rocks. It’s the most performance we’ve seen out of the Green Drive series to date. The low power means that it will work nicely in devices like NASs and external enclosures that are designed to have a low energy footprint. These drives will also work quite nicely in datacenters looking to relatively cheaply upgrade their storage capabilities.
Summary: There's something to be said for being the first hard drive maker to offer an internal model with three terabytes of total capacity. So, there, I said it. The fact is that arbitrary milestones aren't that important, and this one in particular is complicated by the compatibility issues that arise when one moves beyond 2.19TB.
Western Digital 3TB Caviar Green Hard Drive Review
19 October 2010
Excerpt: These days many consumers and enthusiasts are looking for massive storage capacities, and for more than a year the largest capacity desktop hard drive that you could buy was 2TB. All that changed today when Western Digital announced the world’s first 3.0 Terabyte drive that is available for internal desktop use!
Conclusion: Conclusions 3TB of storage, it beggars belief that in just over 2 years we have seen such huge advancements and goes to show just how much R & D is going on within the cloisters of Western Digital's HQ. If only just....we could.... It has to be said that this drive has surpassed its predecessor with exceptional flying colours. The results shown above paint a picture that saves a thousand words.
Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB Hard Drive Review
29 December 2010
Conclusion: On the performance front this drive may not win any speed contests against products boasting faster rotational speeds….but then again it wasn’t meant to. The Caviar Green 3TB is meant to be a low power, low noise, high capacity product and it hits every one of those points. That being said, Western Digital has been able to leverage a number of unique design features to make this 5400 RPM monster as fast as some older 7200 RPM drives.
Cons: - While a good value it still is a lot of money for one drive, - Not recommended for an OS drive. Rather, wait for the Black version, - Only a 3 year warranty