WD Green Desktop 3.5-inch Hard Drives
Cool And Quiet Storage With Massive Capacity.
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WD Green storage is designed specifically with reliability in mind for an increased drive lifespan. The advantage of being cool and quiet impacts overall reliability while reduced heat output, decreased power consumption, quiet acoustics, and best-in-class power management make WD Green a leader when compared to the competition.
Same Drive, New Family
We are making changes to simplify the hard drive selection process for our customers by consolidating our mainstream PC product offerings to only the WD Blue family. All current WD Green capacity, cache and form-factor configurations will remain available through their lifecycle, but under the WD Blue brand**. Although WD Green hard drives are part of a new family, they're still the same reliable hard drive you've grown to know and love over the years.
The advantage of cool & quiet
Heat has a large impact on the overall reliability of a HDD's life over time. It can also lead to increased power consumption, the requirement of additional fans and increased fan operation, increased noise levels and the increased chance of failure. WD Green drives come equipped with WD GreenPower Technology which allows the drive to operate cooler with increased overall reliability.
Power management with performance
Best-in-class power management, reduced heat output, and next-generation technologies such as IntelliSeek offer a perfect balance of performance and power, making WD Green a leader in performance when compared to the competition's 4 TB HDD.
Reliability with an increased lifespan
Quiet acoustics, reduced vibration and advanced 4K HDD formatting makes WD Green a stronger solution when compared to the competition and perfect for PCs and external drive applications. WD Green also features a Dual Stage Actuator, which delivers higher precision motion for 2X the data performance and increases drive reliability.
Large capacity offerings of up to 4 TBs help expand customer capabilities and application usage of WD Green including primary installations in desktop PCs, as secondary storage in external cases or as reliable backup storage.
Reduced power consumption, improved data tracking, and WD GreenPower Technology all help to improve the overall reliability of WD Green making it an efficient solution that lowers your total cost of ownership. NoTouch Ramp Load Technology also protects the drive by ensuring the recording head never touches the disk media, reducing wear and tear to the head and increases drive reliability.
Acronis True Image, available as a download on the WD Support website, enables you to clone or copy all your data to a new drive so you don't have to reinstall your operating system and applications to get all the benefits of a new drive.
WD Green storage is tested and recommended for primary use in desktop and All-in-One PCs, as secondary storage for archiving, in external cases or as reliable backup storage.*
* Desktop drives are not recommended for use in RAID environments, please consider using WD Red hard drives for desktop RAID environments or WD datacenter hard drives for rackmount or large RAID configurations.
** The WD Green hard drive functionality will remain the same. However, it will now have a WD Blue label with a slight change to their model numbers (ex. WD60EZRX will now become WD60EZRZ).
WD's commitment to sustainability
WD's green initiative goes beyond the product level, focusing on recycling and improving the cleanliness of the air, water and land.
Leading the way to green hard drives
WD led the industry in creating a new category of hard drives that use less power and helps to reduce the world's energy demands one computer user at a time. With over 90 million WD Green drives sold customers using WD Green drives have saved the planet over 466 million kwh of power – nearly equaling the annual power production of a single coal power plant!
Reduced power consumption
WD Green drives deliver both significant power savings and solid performance. These drives also consume less current during startup allowing lower peak loads on systems as they are booted.
NoTouch ramp load technology.
The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.
WD Green drives are innovatively designed and manufactured with lead-free, conflict-free and halogen-free materials to help ensure a sustainable future.
Reduced rare earths dependency.
WD's next-generation WD Green hard drives are built using less rare earth minerals.
As a leader in hard drive manufacturing, WD proudly guarantees our hard drives are built with 100% conflict-free raw materials.
In addition to being RoHS compliant, all WD Green drives are lead and halogen free, resulting in less pollutants getting into our environment.
Cool and quiet
WD GreenPower Technology™ yields lower operating temperatures for increased reliability and low acoustics perfect for ultra-quiet PCs and external drives.
Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration.
A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance. Additionally, WD Green Desktop drives consume less current during startup allowing lower peak loads on systems as they are booted.
Advanced Format (AF).
Technology being adopted by WD and other drive manufacturers as one of multiple ways to continue growing hard drive capacities. AF is a more efficient media format that enables increased areal densities. (RX, RS and RSDTL models only)
Upgrading your drive is easy.
WD Acronis TrueImage, available as a free download on the WD Support website, enables you to copy all your data to a new drive so you don't have to reinstall your operating system to get all the benefits of a new drive.
Tested for compatibility
We perform tests on hundreds of systems and a multitude of platforms in our FIT Lab™ to give our customers confidence that our drives will work in their systems.
WD Green hard drives are tested and recommended for primary use in desktop and All-in-One PCs, as secondary storage for archiving, in external cases or as reliable backup storage. Desktop drives are not recommended for use in RAID environments. Please consider using WD Red™ hard drives for home and small office 1-5 bay NAS systems and WD Datacenter hard drives for rackmount and NAS systems with more than 5 bays.*
The WD Advantage
WD puts our products through extensive Functional Integrity Testing (F.I.T) prior to any product launch. This testing ensures our products consistently meet the highest quality and reliability standards of the WD brand. WD also has a detailed Knowledge Base with more than 1,000 helpful articles as well as helpful software and utilities. Our customer support lines have longer operational hours to ensure you get the help you need when you need it.
* WD hard drives are designed and tested for use in specific applications and environments. This ensures that your hard drive is compatible with and functions properly in your application. Our hard drives are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship in the system for which they were designed. Use in systems other than for what the hard drive was designed could result in compatibility problems that affect proper function, unrelated to material and/or workmanship defects.
Large Capacity Drives:
Meeting the technological challenges of 3 TB SATA hard drive implementation.
WD leads the way now offering a massive 3 TBs of storage capacity on a single drive. In a typical PC configuration, a drive may be connected as a primary boot drive, or as a secondary drive. Large capacity drives are no different, however, it is important to verify your system can support a large capacity drive before attempting to install it.
When installed as a boot drive, put simply, the operating system boots off of the drive, (an operating system is required to start the computer). When installed as a secondary drive will solely be used to house data, (the drive will not contain an operating system). While newer systems are set up to handle large capacity drives, older legacy systems require updating and still may not support booting of older operating systems.
To understand if your system will support a hard drive with greater than 2.19 TB, consult your OS, Motherboard and USB bridge device solution providers from the list below before you attempt to install in your system.
- 3.5-inch internal drive bay
Operating System support for drives with greater than 2.19 TB capacity.
|Mac OS 10.5 Leopard||Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard||Linux|
1 To achieve full capacity and functionality with drives greater than 2.19 TB, WD requires the use of Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or later.
2 Presently WD does not directly provide support for these applications. We have worked extensively with our partners and solutions may be available. HBA and RAID Controller vendors may have developed solutions for these applications.
3 Boot support requires a system with UEFI Support and a 64-bit version of the OS.
4 Apple Bootcamp is presently not supported. Support is limited to the operating system only.
5 Linux solutions are available. Please consult your Operating System provider for use with Large Capacity drives.
Industry Advances Make Large Capacity Drives Possible
There are several advances in the industry that make large capacity drives possible:
Use Larger Sector Sizes
One way to break the 2.19 TB boundary would be to use a larger sector size and keep the number of addressable blocks the same. By using sector sizes of 4096 (4K) bytes this would allow for systems to address a maximum capacity of 232 x 4096 bytes or 17.59 TB. Unfortunately, WD has determined through testing that is not feasible at this time due to many application incompatibilities with devices using sector sizes above 512 bytes. However, hard drive manufacturers are working with industry partners to implement larger native sector sizes in the future.
WD has transitioned to using sector sizes of 4096 bytes or a 4 KB physical sector size on some hard drive models; this is referred to Advanced Format (AF) technology. Although the drive may be using a sector size of 4096 bytes to store data on the media, it reports and emulates a disk using 512 bytes to avoid application incompatibilities.
Use GPT Instead of MBR
The solution adopted by the industry is to use GUID Partition Tables, otherwise known as GPT, instead of Master Boot Record (MBR) partition tables. UEFI is a community effort by many companies in the computer industry to modernize the booting process. This partitioning method provides for up to 18 Exabyte (264) of Logical Block Addressing. UEFI capable systems are already shipping, and many more are in preparation. Booting a current Windows operating system from a drive larger than 2.19 TB requires that the system have UEFI support, a 64-bit version of the OS and will create and use GPT partitions.
The UEFI specification defines a new model for the interface between operating systems and platform firmware. The interface consists of data tables that contain platform-related information, plus boot and runtime service calls that are available to the operating system and its loader. Together, these provide a standard environment for booting an operating system and running pre-boot applications.
Implement WD's Interim Solutions for Implementing Large Capacity Drives
Existing legacy (non-UEFI) BIOS motherboards and GPT-ready operating systems such as Windows Vista or Windows 7, combined with the appropriate storage class drivers, can use drives larger than 2.19 TB as secondary storage; but there are a number of host bus adapter (HBA) and chipset vendors that do not currently offer drivers that support drives larger than 2.19 TB. To provide a solution for these types of compatibility issues, WD originally bundled large capacity WD Caviar® Green™ 2.5 TB and 3 TB drives with an AHCI-compliant HBA that, once installed, allowed the operating system to use a known driver to correctly support large capacity drives. This bundle provided a short-term solution until the time when updated storage drivers and system software with support for large capacity drives were available.
Updated storage drivers and system software are now available from several major vendors removing the need for the HBA. WD is now releasing a new version of the 2.5 TB and 3 TB with a SATA 6 Gb/s interface that do not include the HBA.
Illustrative Example: Should an end user decide to add a secondary drive to an existing desktop computer system that incorporates a chipset such as an Intel-based chipset on a legacy (non-UEFI) motherboard running an operating system such as Windows, the 3rd party storage class driver may not properly support a drive larger than 2.19 TB. If the large capacity drive is attached directly to the native motherboard SATA controller, the 3rd party driver may attach to the drive and the driver will not recognize the drive's full capacity, resulting in an incompatibility issue. An attempt to uninstall the driver could render the whole system inoperable.
How You Can Take Advantage of Large Capacity Drives
WD provides many options that you can use to take advantage of large capacity drives, even on current computer system configurations with today's technologies.
- Impelemeting a large capacity WD drive as the system start up drive will require a system with UEFI support and will use GPT partitions (see table)
- Implementing a large capacity WD drive in legacy systems will enable using the large capacity drive as secondary storage and will use GPT partitions.
Review the considerations for Windows-based operating systems above to help determine what options are available for implementing large capacity drives on your current systems, and to help you plan future operating system and computer system purchasing plans.
Considerations for Audio-Video (AV) Devices
AV products are diverse in their applications and the use of storage products. With WD now offering hard drives with massive capacity up to 3 TBs for AV applications it is important to verify whether specific AV products can support a large capacity drive before attempting installation.
Most products that use storage have some type of operating system and system start up software that needs to take into account the size and the impact that size may have on the different layers of software contained within their products. Older systems using legacy operating systems and BIOSs that utilize the Master Boot Record (MBR) partition table scheme encounter a barrier at 2.19 TB.
To understand if your specific AV product will support a hard drive with greater than 2.19 TB
WD has partnered with motherboard and system solution providers that now offer system solutions supporting Large Drives. Please consult the solution provider for their solution availability and solution requirements. Refer to links below for details.
USB bridge devices
USB attached storage solution providers have solved many of the issues associated with Large Drives within the USB Bridge firmware. Some present large capacity drives as single drive using larger sector sizes while others present the large capacity drive as more than one or more smaller drives to the host. Please consult the solution provider for their solution availability and implementation details.
- ASMedia Technology
- Freescale Semiconductor
- Initio Corporation
- JMicron Technology
- Lucidport Technology
- Silicon Image
- Sunplus Technology
- PLX Technology/Oxford Semiconductor
- Skymedi Corporation
- Texas Instruments
- VIA Technologies
Examples of the number of photos, songs, videos and any other files that can be stored on a hard drive are provided for illustrative purposes only. Your results will vary based on file size and format, settings, features, software and other factors.
Photo: Figures represent the average number of photos taken with a 6 megapixel camera in high-resolution JPEG mode with an average file size of 3.5 MB per photo. The actual number of images will vary by camera model and compression setting.
Hours: The DV format, regardless of its mode (miniDV, DVCAM, DVC-Pro) has a data rate of approximately 25mb/s (mega-bits per second). In storage terms, this translates to approximately 3.5MB/s (Megabytes per second) or 13GB/hr (Gigabytes per hour)
Song: Music capacity is based on 4 minutes per song. MP3 capacity is based on 128 Kbps bit rate and 11:1 audio compression ratio. Uncompressed CD quality is based on 1:1 audio compression ratio.
As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. As used for buffer or cache, one megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576 bytes. As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second, megabit per second (Mb/s) = one million bits per second, and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second.
|Drive Size||6 TB||5 TB||4 TB||3 TB||2 TB||1 TB||500 GB|
|Interface||SATA 6 Gb/s||SATA 6 Gb/s||SATA 6 Gb/s||SATA 3 Gb/s||SATA 6 Gb/s||SATA 6 Gb/s||SATA 6 Gb/s|
|Formatted Capacity2||6 TB||5 TB||4 TB||3 TB||2 TB||1 TB||500 GB|
|Advanced Format (AF)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Data transfer rate (max)
Buffer to host
host to/from drive (sustained)
|Rotational Speed (RPM)4||IntelliPower||IntelliPower||IntelliPower||IntelliPower||IntelliPower||IntelliPower||IntelliPower|
|Non-recoverable read errors per bits read||<1 in 1014|
|Limited warranty (years)6||2|
|12VDC peak (A, peak)||1.75||1.75||1.75||1.73||1.73||1.2||1.2|
|Average power requirements (W)|| Read/Write: 5.3
| Read/Write: 5.3
| Read/Write: 4.5
| Read/Write: 4.1
|Operating Temperature8||0 to 60° C|
|Non-operating Temperature||-40 to 70° C|
|Operating (2 ms, read/write)||30||30||30||30||30||30||30|
|Operating (2 ms, read)||65||65||65||65||65||65||65|
|Non-operating (1 ms)||250||250||250||250||350||350||350|
|Average acoustics (dBA)9|
|Weight (lb./kg, ± 10%)||1.65/0.75||1.65/0.75||1.50/0.68||1.40/0.64||1.32/0.60||0.99/0.45||0.99/0.45|
1 Not all products may be available in all regions of the world.
2 As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. As used for buffer or cache, one megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576 bytes. As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second, and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second. Effective maximum SATA 3 Gb/s transfer rate calculated according to the Serial ATA specification published by the SATA-IO organization as of the date of this specification sheet. Visit www.sata-io.org for details.
3 WD hard drive products manufactured and sold worldwide after June 8, 2011, meet or exceed Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliance requirements as mandated by the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU.
4 A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance. For each WD Green drive model, WD may use a different, invariable RPM.
5 Controlled unload at ambient condition.
6 The term of the limited warranty may vary by region. Visit http://support.wd.com/warranty for details.
7 No non-recoverable errors during operating tests or after non-operating tests.
8 On the base casting.
9 Sound power level.
Advanced Format Hard Drive Download Utility:
About Western Digital Advanced Format Hard Drives
WD Advanced Format drives are specifically optimized for Mac and the latest Windows operating systems such as Windows Vista and Windows 7 with a clean install. Advanced Format Technology is being adopted by WD and other drive manufacturers to increase media format efficiency, thus enabling larger drive capacities.
Using your WD Advanced Format Hard Drive with a Windows Operating System may require you to run the WD Align Windows software utility after you install your operating system or partition and format the drive as a secondary drive. The WD Align software aligns existing partitions on the Advanced Format drive to ensure it provides full performance for certain configurations. (Please see table for configuration details)
If your operating system is either Windows 7 or Vista, WD recommends using the latest Intel driver version 9.6 or later for maximum performance in all situations. Please visit Intel for the latest driver downloads.
|OS used to create patition||Clean Install||Cloning utilitiy
1 Partition or > 1 Partition
> 1 Partition
|Windows XP||Run WD Allgn||Run WD Allgn||Run WD Allgn||Run WD Allgn|
|Windows Vista||N/A||Run WD Allgn||N/A||N/A|
|Windows 7||N/A||Run WD Allgn||N/A||N/A|
What does Advanced Formatting mean to me?
Advanced formatting optimizes hard drives to take advantage of the capabilities of newer operating systems. This capability enables hard disk drive manufacturers the ability to design larger capacity hard drives, now and into the future.
What are the benefits of Advanced Formatting?
Advanced Formatting enables hard drive companies to read and write more data into the same available space on the hard drive.
Can I install an Advanced Format hard drive in my system?
New drives from WD are optimized for operation with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Mac OS X Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard. If you are attempting a clean install of an Advanced Format hard drive into a system running one of the Operating Systems listed above the installation process follows standard procedure. For older operating systems such as Windows XP, and for users using cloning software, users must run the WD Align utility to achieve the full performance of the drive. (See table for configuration details)
Early 3.5-inch WD drives with Advanced Format supported jumper pins 7 – 8. Placing a jumper on these pins adjusted the drive’s internal alignment for single partition XP installations. Support for this jumper setting is no longer needed on newer drives. For optimal performance on all XP installations WD recommends running the WD Align utility.
If you have a drive that supports jumper pins 7 – 8 and have a jumper in place on those pins, the following is additional information to assist you if you are re-installing an Operating System or re-partitioning the drive:
- IMPORTANT: You must backup your drive before making any changes, including removal of the jumper.
- Re-partition the drive: Turn off power to the drive and remove the jumper from pins 7 – 8. Power-on and re-partition the drive (NOTE: All previous data on the drive will be lost).
- Preserve Current Partition: If you are installing an Operating System over the existing partition, keep the jumper on pins 7 – 8. The drive is already aligned to the existing partition so you do not need to remove the jumper.
- If you change the setting of jumper 7 – 8, you will lose all previous data and the drive must be re-partitioned.
For a clean install of Windows XP using multiple partitions, DO NOT install the jumper; simply run the WD Align utility.
Can I install a WD Advanced Format Drive under non-Windows Operating Systems, such as MacOS and Linux?
WD Advanced Format Drives can be used under non-Windows Operating Systems.
Do I need a special driver to install a WD Advanced Format Drive on an Intel chipset?
If your operating system is either Windows 7 or Vista, we recommend the following for maximum performance in all situations:
- For Intel chipset, use the latest Intel driver version 9.6 or later. Please visit Intel for the latest driver downloads at http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/imsm/sb/CS-031502.htm
- For AMD chipset, no driver update is required.
- For Nvidia chipset, please visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982018 for additional information.
What is WD Align utility software?
The WD Align utility enables older operating systems to operate at full performance on Advanced Format hard drives.
How long will running the WD Align utility take?
It will vary based on your operating system and how much data is on the disk, but the WD Align utility should take about 20 minutes to complete on freshly installed drive images with no data files. We recommend disabling Power Management prior to starting the partitioning alignment process.
Does the WD Align utility have to be run again if a drive is reformatted?
No, users will only need to run WD Align one time after initially installing Windows XP. Once Windows XP has been aligned, it will stay aligned even if the drive is reformatted or many files are added or removed.
What models utilize Advanced Format technology?
Some models of the WD Green and WD Blue product families are built using Advanced Format technology. Over time more models and capacities will be added. WD drives with Advanced Format technology include special installation information on the drive label so be sure to read the label on your drive before installing it.
Does WD Align work with Western Digital USB and Firewire drives, such as My Book and My Passport drives?
If you do not change the partitions on a Western Digital USB or Firewire drive, the drive is already optimally aligned. However, all Western Digital USB and Firewire drives are specifically designed to work with WD Align. If you repartition a Western Digital USB or Firewire drive, WD Align should be run to optimally align the partition or partitions.
Can I install my Advanced Format Drive into a USB enclosure?
Yes, you may install your Advanced Format Drive into a USB enclosure.
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