Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS
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Western Digital 3TB Caviar Green Review
24 December 2007
Excerpt: Hard disk capacities are growing at an ever-growing rate and the cost per gigabyte has gone down to the point where $99 can get you 2TB of storage space, that’s a mere 5 cents a gigabyte. This compares to the thousands of dollars you would have to spend on a hard disk 20 years ago, or several hundred dollars per gigabyte.The reason costs have gone down is that the density for each platter on the hard drive has increased while the size of the drive has remained the same.
Excerpt: We’ve been waiting with bated breath for Western Digital’s entrance into the world of the almighty terabyte. Its Caviar GP drive may have lost the right to stand at the top of the market and yell, “Firsties!” but it is the only terabyte drive built with energy-savings in mind. The four-platter drive features a number of functions that aim to reduce the drive’s total power consumption: The drive modulates its rotational speeds between 5,400rpm and 7,200rpm, unloads the...
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