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Western Digital Caviar Green (WD30EZRSDTL) 3 TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive

Western Digital divides their internal hard drives into three distinct families - the WD Caviar Blue for their basic hard drives, the WD Caviar Green for their quieter, cooler hard drives and the WD Caviar Black for their performance-grade hard drives.

According to Western Digital, Caviar Green hard disk drives offer an average power saving of 4-5 watts over their competitors, a feat that they claim is equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by 13.8 kg per year. Of course, that's a mere drop in the ocean but if you can help save the environment while you work or play on your computer, why not?

Today, we will look at the Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB hard disk drive with AFT (Advanced Format Technology) - the WD30EZRSDTL. Let's find out how well this drive performs!

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Comprehensive Review

Model

• WD30EZRSDTL

Formatted Capacity

• 3,000,592 MB

Guaranteed Sectors

• 5,860,533,168

Bytes Per Sector

• 512 bytes (Emulated)

Platters

• 4 Platters

Read/Write Heads

• 8 Read/Write Heads

Spindle Speed

• Fixed, Between 5400-7200 RPM

Cache Buffer

• 64 MB SDRAM

Internal Data Transfer Rate

• 110 MB/s (sustained, maximum)

Maximum I/O Transfer Rate

• 3.0 Gbits/s

Average Seek

• 8.9 ms

Average Latency

• NA

Drive Ready Time

• 14.3 seconds

Interface

• Serial ATA 3 Gb/s

Supported SATA Data Transfer Mode

• 3.0 Gbits/s
• 1.5 Gbits/s

SATA Hotplug Capability

• Yes

Maximum Height

• 26.1 mm (1.028 inches)

Maximum Width

• 101.6 mm (4.00 inches)

Maximum Length

• 147.0 mm (5.787 inches)

Maximum Weight

• 730 g (1.61 lbs)

Power Requirements

• +12V DC ± 10 %
• +5V DC ± 5 %

Power Consumption

• 6.25 W (Read / Write)
• 5.5 W (Idle)
• 1.0 W (Standby)
• 0.75 W (Sleep)

Ambient Temperature

• 0 °C to 60 °C (Operating)
• -40 °C to 70 °C (Non-Operating)

Maximum Shock

• 65 G @ 2 ms (Read/Write)
• 250 G @ 2 ms (Non-Operating)

Drive Acoustics

• 24 dBA average (Idle Mode)
• 25 dBA average (Performance Seek Mode)
• 25 dBA average (Quiet Seek Mode)

Non-Recoverable Read Errors

• 1 error per 1015 bits read

Load/Unload Cycles

• 300,000 (minimum)

Warranty

• 3 Years Limited Warranty (OEM or Retail)

 

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