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Western Digital Launches Industry’s Largest Capacity 3 TB SATA Hard Drives for AV Platforms

Western Digital today announced the addition of 2.5 TB and 3 TB versions to its family of WD AV-GP SATA hard drives, serving the audio-video (AV) market. Shipping immediately, the 2.5 TB and 3 TB capacity, 3.5-inch, WD AV-GP hard drives offer 24X7 reliability, low power consumption and unrivalled storage capacity for storage-intensive AV applications such as digital video recorders, video surveillance, single-drive media servers and external multimedia storage.

Lately we are seeing an increasing number of companies coming out with faster and low-power consuming high capacity storage drives but Western Digital’s country manager, India, Sushil Bandi says that the new hard drives combine unsurpassed capacity, power-saving WD GreenPower Technology™, and performance capabilities to capture up to 12 simultaneous HD video streams with SilkStream™ technology and the drive choice is made clear in optimizing AV applications like PVR/DVR, IPTV and video surveillance.

The WD AV-GP drives are field tested to have a 1.0 M hour MTBF(Mean time between failures) rating. Drives with capacities in excess of 2.19 TB currently present barriers for certain PC hardware, firmware and software. For example, drives larger than 2.19 TB are not supported by systems running Windows XP; and systems with 32-bit versions of Windows Vista or Windows 7 relegate drives larger than 2.19 TB to be used as secondary drives. Thus, it is important to review existing PC specifications prior to installation of either the 2.5 TB or 3 TB WD AV-GP drives.

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Price and Availability

The WD AV-GP 2.5 TB hard drives (model number WD25EURS) and 3 TB WD AV-GP hard drives (model number WD30EURS) are available now at select resellers and distributors. MSRP for the WD AV-GP 2.5 TB hard drive is Rs. 7,999/- + taxes and the 3 TB hard drive is Rs. 8,999/- + taxes. WD AV-GP hard drives are covered by a three-year limited warranty.

For those that are interested, this device can help you set up a really good home media server where all your movies, audio, photos can be stored and then streamed to any device inside your house via Wi-Fi. High capacity devices like this can be put to some pretty fun home applications if you’re ready to do a bit of reading up on it.

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