Desktop 3.5-inch Hard Drives

WD Green

WD Green
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  • Overview
  • Power of Choice
  • Advanced Format
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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 6 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.

Capacity storage

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.

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. Our toll-free customer support lines are here to help or you can access our WD Support site for additional details.

Next-generation technology

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.

Recommended use

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.

Easy upgrade

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.

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.

Our colors give you the power.

The data on your drive is more than just bits and bytes, it’s your story. Your digital life is unique. While it’s true that we are passionate about our products, it’s equally true that we are passionate about you, our customers. We understand the importance of what you store which is why we are so driven to do the very best we can to help protect it.

WD has segmented our storage lineup into easy to recognize colors that give customers the power to choose the right product for their needs. WD Blue for everyday use. WD Green for capacity. WD Black for performance. WD Red for network attached storage (NAS). And WD Purple for surveillance. WD offers more than a one-size-fits-all storage solution. WD offers choice, and providing that choice drives everything we can do together.

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James Paick

With over 15 years of design experience, James Paick is the Founder and Creative Director at Scribble Pad Studios and has created some of the most memorable moments in entertainment design. Scribble Pad Studios’ forte is in the gaming, film, theme park, illustration, entertainment space and advertising fields.

James is dedicated to educating the future of the entertainment industry and has been at it for over 7 years. He has taught at many design institutions and has been featured at multiple workshops around the world.

When inspiration strikes and creativity yields digital media, James is sure to turn to WD Blue for his every day storage needs. To learn more about his many talents and passion for illustration and education visit www.scribblepadstudios.com

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Kevin Lynch

Balancing equal amounts of technical dexterity, creative intuition, classical influence and entrepreneurial drive, photographer Kevin Lynch is internationally recognized for his growing portfolio of conceptual portraiture.

At times graphic, glamorous and graceful, Lynch’s celebrity, fashion, advertising and fine art images have appeared in diverse publications as well as in museums and galleries throughout Europe and the United States.

Kevin has long been an avid user and advocate of WD Green storage due to its high capacity and earned reputation for reliability. To learn more about Kevin and to follow his journey, visit http://www.kevinlynchstudios.com

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Scarra

William "Scarra" Li is a League of Legends player who currently plays for Team Dignitas, an internationally renowned gaming team. In April 2013, Scarra was publicly voted as the NA LCS mid-lane All-Star with over 50 percent of the vote, allowing him to play for the North America LCS team and compete in All-Star Shanghai 2013 against other regional All-Star teams.

Gaming is a hardcore sport that takes skill, teamwork, dedication, and lots of effort. To thrive in this immersive world, gamers need to coax the most out of their systems to gain any competitive advantage, that’s why Scarra depends on WD Black performance storage. With the next-gen performance garnered by WD Black, Scarra is able to gain the upper hand. Follow Scarra on his quest for global gaming domination at http://www.twitch.tv/scarra

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Martin Gossner

Martin Gossner is the CEO of STEIGER DYNAMICS, a leading Home Theater PC (HTPC) manufacturer renowned for bringing high-end computing to the comfort of the living room. Martin is no stranger to the intense requirements placed on the storage element in the NAS environment. He knows that a one-size-fits-all hard drive solution doesn’t fully address the needs of the HTPC.

Martin is a strong proponent of utilizing WD Red NAS storage as it is the only NAS drive built specifically for home and SOHO users. For STEIGER’s high-performance Home Theater PC builds, which incorporate media center, home server, and high-end gaming device all in one platform, there is no better storage solution. To learn more about Martin and STEIGER DYNAMICS’ unique take on the HTPC visit http://www.steigerdynamics.com

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Marc Cisneros

Marc is a career hard drive and storage device professional, with extensive experience in the video surveillance, streaming media and digital signage spaces. When Marc needs components for a home or small office surveillance solution, he demands that the storage built-in is designed and engineered for exactly that purpose. That’s why Marc chooses WD Purple surveillance storage, so he can enjoy the peace of mind gained from recommending a true surveillance-class hard drive to his customers. To learn more about the security and confidence built in to Marc’s surveillance systems visit: http://www.hdstor-inc.com

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Your story, our storage.

We empower people to empower themselves. It’s your story. Are you ready?

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.



Download WD Align utility
Before you begin downloading please answer the following questions:

On which OS will you be running the Advanced Format hard drive?


Are you using a cloning utility?


Will this be the primary drive or a secondary drive in your system?


How many partitions do you intend to create on the drive?


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. Please visit the Advanced Format Drives - Installation on non-Windows Operating Systems page.

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:

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. Please click here for further instructions.

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.

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. Please click here for further installation instructions.


Large Capacity Drives

Meeting the technological challenges of 3 TB SATA hard drive implementation.

WD led the way in 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.

System Requirements:

  • 3.5-inch internal drive bay

Desktop Applications

Operating System support for drives with greater than 2.19 TB capacity. Learn more


Model #InterfaceForm FactorRPMCapacityCache 
WD60EZRXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 InchIntelliPower6 TB64 MB
WD50EZRXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 InchIntelliPower5 TB64 MB
WD40EZRXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 InchIntelliPower4 TB64 MB
WD30EZRXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 InchIntelliPower3 TB64 MB
WD20EZRXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 InchIntelliPower2 TB64 MB
WD15EZRXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 InchIntelliPower1.5 TB64 MB
WD10EZRXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 InchIntelliPower1 TB64 MB
WD5000AZRXSATA 6 Gb/s3.5 InchIntelliPower500 GB64 MB



Mouse over each icon to see how it was calculated.

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.

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.


Awards
2011 Technology Hero
2012, China
2011 the Editor's Recommendation Award
2012, China
WD VelociRaptor 1TB 10K RPM SATA III Hard Drive Review
2012, United States
WD Caviar Green WD10EZRX: 1 terabyte on a single plate
2012, Russia
3 TB Hard Drive Round-up: Hitachi, Seagate, WD
2011, United States
Produkt Roku 2011
2011, Poland
Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB Hard Drive Review
2011, United States