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Western Digital, the world's second largest hard drive vendor behind Seagate, today unveiled GreenPower, a new environmentally friendly line of hard drives that focus on energy efficiency.

The new GreenPower family will save up to 40 percent in power consumption, which could translate to a $10 savings per drive each year. The GreenPower drives will come in capacities ranging from 320GB to one terabyte, with Western Digital's 1TB Caviar GP hard drive being the first to debut the new technology this month.

Claiming a strategic shift of focus, the company decided not to disclose any speed or cache specifications because, according to the company, “spin speed and disk cache [are] no longer the key-overriding factors in the storage industryâ€.

"We may vary the RPM [revolutions per minute], depending on the best power usage of the product. We don't want to disclose and paint ourselves into a box. There's a balance that we have to do in order to continue to be best in class."
Western Digital is not the only hard drive manufacturer rolling out a line of power-saving hard drives. Last week, Kanguru Solutions also announced the release of the Kanguru Eco Drive, an environmentally friendly and energy efficient external hard drive that claims to reduce power consumption by up to 75%.
http://www.techspot.com/news/26250-w...rd-drives.html
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LOL..Seagate owns WD
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LOL..Seagate owns WD
ummm? Wester Digital has some of the best hard drives on the market.....
    
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i was alughing at this " Western Digital, the world's second largest hard drive vendor behind Seagate "

They should of just said Seagate..the largest seller behind Seagate
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$10 saved a YEAR?! Hardly seems worth it, unless you are an environmental fanatic.
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$10 saved a YEAR?! Hardly seems worth it, unless you are an environmental fanatic.
do harddrives even consume a lot of power in the first place ?
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$10 saved a YEAR?! Hardly seems worth it, unless you are an environmental fanatic.
LOL. There's many around this forum that think the sky is falling.
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Every component of a PC is becoming more and more efficient just about.

Oh wait, Nvidia and ATI aren't even trying to make an attempt at this! They are going the other way! Get on the bandwagon Nvidia and ATI.

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LOL..Seagate owns WD
Indeed
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10 dollars per drive. Geekman would be saving 80 bucks. 8 drives man , wow...

This would be good for servers i guess... Having like a bajillion of these must hog the power.
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$10 saved a YEAR?! Hardly seems worth it, unless you are an environmental fanatic.
You don't see the big picture. Imagine millions of hard drives being replaced by these. Thats a lot of power not wasted.
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