Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS
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Western Digital 3TB Caviar Green Review
31 October 2009
Conclusion: Western Digital has taken the forefront in the expanding the amount of storage space on their Hard Disks. It was barely a few years ago when the 1TB HDD was released and just a year or two ago when the 2TB HDD was released to the consumer PC market. With the advent of UEFI and GPT, the 3TB barrier has finally been broken and performance is higher than older drives due to the improvements in drive design since the introduction of the 1TB HDD.
Summary: As expected, though, the drive’s emphasis on power-saving costs it a little bit in the speed department. Although improved areal density over Hitachi’s 7K1000 helps bridge the gap between the two drives, the Caviar GP still falls short of the 7K1000’s impressive read speeds. Of the three terabyte drives we’ve tested, the Caviar GP is the slowest by far.
Pros: You save electricity with this drive, which makes you feel like an environmentally conscious all-star.
Cons: You really aren’t saving that much energy, and you’re sacrificing quite a bit of speed.
Summary: This drive consumes less power than other 1TB drives, but it definitely isn't a slow coach. It was almost silent during our tests, and doesn't get too hot. As such, it's an ideal hard drive for a home theatre or small form factor PC, as well as being suitable for typical desktop machines, too.
Pros: Lower power consumption than other 1TB drives, very quiet and cool operation, good write performance
Cons: Slightly high cost per gigabyte, was a little sluggish in our file transfer test