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Western Digital 3TB Drives Out Now

Media centric HTPC applications and portable storage devices call for hard drives to eschew raw performance for power efficiency, noiseless operation and storage size. Western Digital has released two new drives catering to this segment in the form of 2.5TB and 3TB Caviar Green drives.

Running at 5400 RPM, these drives claim to consume less power and are best suited for secondary storage solutions to complement faster, more power hungry drives housing the operating system. WD has achieved 3TB footprint with four platters of 750GB areal density each. The drives also incorporate Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI)-compliant Host Bus Adapter (HBA), enabling performance optimisations like Native Command Queuing and increasing OS compatibility for the same.

The drives, using Sata 3Gb/s interface, are expected to be available by the year-end in India along with a three-year limited warranty. The prices are expected to be Rs. 8,300 for the 2.5TB hard drive and Rs. 10,700 for the 3TB one.

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