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Going green is the latest big thing for companies and product manufacturers. Many different items we use with our computers are getting more energy efficient. The gear is also being built with materials that have less of an impact on the environment– certainly a good thing.
Fabrik has announced what it calls the world’s most eco-friendly external hard drive today called the Fabrik SimpleTech [re]drive. The drive enclosure is made from recycled aluminum and bamboo. Fabrik packages an Energy Star power adapter with the drive and the actual package material the [re]drive ships in is made from 100% recycled materials.
The [re]drive has 500GB of storage and promises 25% faster data transfer with its Turbo USB 2.0 connectivity compared to standard USB 2.0. Both Mac and Windows users can use the [re]drive and it ships with automate backup software for archiving important data. The SimpleTech [re]drive is available today for $159.99.
In my case, the “world’s most eco-friendly external drive” is my desktop’s old hard drive, slapped in a $20 no-name external case. Every time I upgrade my main machine, the drive gets replaced.
There is nothing environmentally friendly about the hard drive mechanism inside this box – it’s the same old toxic device that everyone else is lugging around.
The drive seems to be more of a gimmick (bamboo?) than anything really helpful. A smaller physical drive would be much more energy efficient, using less power. This big drive still apparently requires a seperate power supply, since it would draw too much from a standard USB port. Almost shameful to call it green.