Kanguru hops out with environmentally friendly external hard drives

Posted by Mark Raby

Millis (MA) - Kanguru announced today that it has released its new line of Eco Drive external hard drives, calling them the most environmentally friendly option available.

The Eco Drive has a tiered system of power reduction.  After three seconds of inactivity, it goes into "idle mode", which takes the operating level down to 80%.  After three minutes, it automatically moves into "standby mode", in which the drive only operates at around 10% - 20% of normal consumption.

Finally, when the drive has not been in use for over five minutes, the Eco Drive goes into "power down mode", which has the drive operating at 5% - 10% of normal consumption.

The drive is also compliant with RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive) regulations with its restrictive use of lead, mercury, cadmium, and other hazardous materials.

The new line of Kanguru drives are available in capacities of up to 750 GB, compliant with USB 2.0 and carrying speeds of 480 Mbps.

The drives are available with all forms of Windows from 98 and above, though the automatic power configurations are only compatible with 2000, XP, and Vista.