WD Ups Storage Capacities with 1TB HDD
Western Digital today took a step ahead of competition by unveiling the world’s first 1TB 2.5in HDD accompanied by a 750GB one. Dubbed the WD Scorpio Blue, both the drives boast of a stunning 333GB of storage space per platter.
With a 3Gb/s SATA interface, the drives have been designed around a 12.5mm form factor, meaning they would fit easily into external USB HDDs but not into systems that have 9.5mm drive bays. WD claims it plans to add the Scorpio Blue HDD to its My Passport Essential SE USB drives in addition to certain select notebooks and SFF desktops.
Both drives have been equipped with WhisperDrive, making them super cool and super quiet. The drives also easily meet the highest combined shock clearance specifications for notebooks through the help of ShockGuard, a technology combining firmware and hardware features. Yet another added security feature is SecurePark, which moves the recording head off the disk surface when it is spinning up or down or when the drive is off. This effectively means there is no unnecessary contact between the head and the disk surface.
Talking about the new drives, WD’s senior vice president and general manager of client systems, Jim Morris said, “The convergence of the growing mobile computing and digital media trends produces demand for desktop-like capacities in portable devices. Our new WD Scorpio Blue drives enable people to take even more of their digital collections with them wherever they go and, realizing the value of their data, back up their notebooks on their My Passport drives.”
Already shipped out to retailers, WD has priced the Scorpio Blue 750GB HDD at a competitive $189.99. The 1TB drive on the other hand is currently only being supplied as a part of the My Passport Essential SE USB Drive and carries a price tag of $249.99. Warranty for both drives is a decent three years.
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