Seagate introduces 5,900RPM Barracuda Green drives

By Jos · 9 replies
Dec 15, 2010
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  1. Seagate has been keeping busy lately following its unfruitful buyout talks. Hot on the heels of announcing the industry’s first enterprise-grade 1TB 2.5-inch hard drive, the company is revealing what it claims is the highest-performance eco-friendly internal drive for low-power PCs, multi-drive home servers, NAS drives, and external PC storage.

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  2. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Both Seagate and Western Digital are now offering these "Green" drives which seem to be marketed for data storage rather than as boot drives. Seagate is, at least, declaring the actual speed of the drive while Western Digital has made no such declaration for their Caviar Green HDs.
  3. lchu12

    lchu12 TS Booster Posts: 186   +9

    I think they is a "assumed" thinking about the speed of these green drives. Where technology ethusiast know these guys go around 5400RPM, online retailers on the other hand put 7200 RPM for the green drives, even though nothing is "posted" on the manufacturer's website.
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,307   +1,078

    If you check the spec sheet on the Western Digital website it gives you the speed of all there drives on there.
  5. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    Checked the Western Digital website again just now. Specification for Caviar Green drives under the heading Rotational Speed = IntelliPower. No explanation what that means.
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,787   +3,204

    They spin at whatever speed they believe they need to, up to 7200 RPM. I think. They're very bright, they have microprocessors in them. You can buy 2 and run them in RAID ?.....:rolleyes:
  7. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,307   +1,078

    A fine-tuned balance of spin speed,
    transfer rate, and caching algorithms
    designed to deliver both significant
    power savings and solid performance.
    Additionally, WD Caviar Green drives
    consume less current during startup
    allowing lower peak loads on systems
    as they are booted."

    there you go, was on the website, Points go to Captain on this one :)
  8. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 648

    Not sure if this question is rhetorical, but green drives are normally a bad choice for RAID, as they have slower spin up times and often will be marked defective by RAID controllers.

    I'd have to side with fpsgamerJR62 on this one. That description is about as full of marketing jargon and absent of technical statistics as it can get.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,787   +3,204

    Unless you actually know of a RAID mode >> "?" <<, then you can safely assume that was a joke.

    As to "Intellipower" and the rotational speed of these drives, it's exactly what I said it was, "up to 7200 RPM". The beginning speed is 5400RPM. These specs were pitched when the first "Caviar Green" was released.

    So yes, it may be a bit of a hunt, but the rotational speed of these drives is posted on WD's website;
  10. PanicX

    PanicX TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 648

    Ah.. that makes so much more sense. I thought the "?" was an actual punctuation of a question and not a place holder, which had me pretty confused.

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