Western Digital debuts its first perpendicular drive Page: 1

WD scorpio HDD

Western Digital has jumped on the 'perpendicular recording' bandwagon amid pressure from other manufacturers who have already done so.  Seagate, Toshiba and Hitachi have all previously released Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) HDD's to the masses and  storage junkies alike.

The reason behind Western Digital's late entry has been because PMR technology is available only to manufacturers who produce their own platters. Manufacturers without their own platter development capacities, such as Western Digital, typically rely on third party suppliers, and the apparent delay as a result.

The new 2.5" WD Scorpio offers 160GB of storage capacity and matches Seagate's Momentus drive, but nowhere near Toshiba's 200GB 2.5" version.
According to WD the 5400 RPM Scorpio will be cheaper than the competitors current pricing schedule at $180. Drives will be available from 40GB through to the 160GB model.

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