Green hard drives?

Ok, I like this idea: GreenPower drives from Western Digital claim to save 4-5 watts over standard drives. Yes, it may be self-serving (you can make a lot of green on green these days… and in the end less power is less cost to the big corporations…) and yes, it’s better to use fewer electronic thingies than a bunch of green electronic thingies…

But, I’m still happy to see energy efficiency gains wherever they crop up.

For reference, a current standard WD 750G drive uses 8.4W idle, 1W standby. The “GP” version uses 7.5W idle, 0.3W standby. A Seagate 750G 7200.11 drive says it uses 8W idle. Not sure where the 4-5W claim comes from.

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