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Western Digital AV-GP (WD30EURS) 3 TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive

Western Digital's key hard disk drive family for AV applications is their AV-GP drives, which are based on the award-winning WD Caviar Green drives. The Western Digital AV-GP drives are targeted at consumer electronics (CE) applications, such as PVRs, DVRs and CCTV systems. Hence, they have a feature set that focuses on this segment :

  • 24x7 Reliability
  • Quiet
  • Reduced Power Consumption
  • Compatible
  • SilkStream
  • IntelliSeek
  • IntelliPower
  • IntelliPark
  • Preemptive Wear Leveling (PWL)

Today, we will look at Western Digital's largest capacity AV-GP hard disk drive - the WD30EURS. This hard disk drive is not only quieter and cooler than regular hard disk drive, it also packs a whooping storage capacity of 3 terabytes! Let's take a look!

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Comprehensive Review

Model

• WD30EURS

Formatted Capacity

• 3,000,592 MB

Guaranteed Sectors

• 5,860,533,168

Bytes Per Sector

• 512 bytes (Emulated)

Platters

• 4 Platters (750 GB per platter)

Read/Write Heads

• 8 Read/Write Heads

Spindle Speed

• Fixed, Between 5400-7200 RPM

Cache Buffer

• 64 MB SDRAM

Internal Data Transfer Rate

• 145 MB/s (sustained, maximum)

Average Seek

• NA

Average Latency

• NA

Drive Ready Time

• 17 seconds

Interface

• Serial ATA 3 Gb/s

Supported SATA Data Transfer Mode

• 3.0 Gbits/s
• 1.5 Gbits/s

SATA Hotplug Capability

• Yes

Native Command Queuing

• Yes

Advanced Format Technology

• Yes (Emulation)

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

• 6.0 W (Read / Write)
• 5.5 W (Idle)
• 0.75 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)
• 29 dBA average (Performance Seek Mode)
• 25 dBA average (Quiet Seek Mode)

Non-Recoverable Read Errors

• 1 error per 1014 bits read

Load/Unload Cycles

• 300,000 (minimum)

MTBF

• 1 million hours

Warranty

• 3 Years Limited Warranty (OEM or Retail)

 

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