Western Digital Launches 2.5 TB and 3 TB 3.5" Hard Drives For AV Systems

Subject: Storage | May 21, 2011 - 12:10 AM |
Tagged: WD, TB, Hard Drive

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Western Digital recently launched two new hard drives for it's AV-GP series. The AV-GP series are WD Green Power hard drives with special firmware optimized for heavy audio/visual applications such as video streaming, surveillance systems, and HD video recorders.  The two new additions to the series come in 2.5 TB and 3 TB respectively.  Both drives are 3.5" form factor, contain 64MB of on-board cache, and utilize the SATA II 3Gb/s interface.  Designed for use in high temperature environments, the drives have a claimed 1 million hour MTBF (mean time before failure) rate and are covered by a three year warranty.  Further, the 2.5 TB and 3 TB drives use the advanced format (4K sector) partitioning, which means that these drives are not well suited as boot drives, especially in the case of many older computers.  The 2.5TB WD25EURS hard drive is available for $159.99 USD while the 3TB WD30EURS variant will cost $179.99 USD.

May 21, 2011 | 01:05 AM - Posted by JRod (not verified)

I'm just about done building a media server and these sound like a good fit. But will greater than 2TB be supported without an add in card is my question. The motherboard is Mini ITX with 1 expansion slot and hate to waste it on an add in card.

May 21, 2011 | 08:04 AM - Posted by BlackDragon24 (not verified)

I think the main problem with the AV-GP series is that they don't have the same error correction features that the standard desktop equivalents do. Would like to see a 3TB black model, but given the failure rates of the 2TB models, I dunno how long that will take.

July 20, 2011 | 08:53 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Western Digital has finally thinned hard drive 1 TB 2.5-inch format. The manufacturer announced today an actual hard drive as a standard thickness of 9.5 mm. He got ahead a month and a half by rival Samsung , though it was the first to launch a model of 12.5 mm thick two years ago.

The new "WD Scorpio Blue" 1 TB, corresponding to the reference "WD10JPVT" going to do three 333 GB platters with two 500 GB platters Not content with the thinner, higher density should also provide a performance gain. http://desktophelp.in/forums/thread-1009.html

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