Look out, archive junkies! Western Digital
is now coming for you down
there in the mobile realm, a place where you once thought the "never
enough space" bug couldn't bite. Today, the company who beat everyone
to the 2TB mark
in the desktop hard drive space has developed and
shipped the industry's first 2.5" 1TB HDD. The drive, which is joined
by the slightly less roomy 750GB sibling, is based on 333GB-per-platter
technology, which is a blessing and a curse in a variety of ways.
The WD Scorpio Blue SATA 2.5" HDD can be snapped up in 750GB and 1TB
capacities, but both have 12.5mm form factors. For those not too
familiar with the mobile hard drive space, the 12.5mm form factor isn't commonly found in most laptops. Most notebooks only support 2.5" HDDs with 9.5mm form
factors, thus these are really only suited for use in external
enclosures. To that end, Western Digital is initially offering these up
in My Passport Essential SE portable USB drives, each of which support
3Gbps transfer rates.
The WD Scorpio Blue 750 GB drive (model #: WD7500KEVT) is available now
through select distributors and resellers, while the 1TB model
(WD10TEVT) is available now configured into My Passport Essential SE
USB drives. The MSRP for the smaller guy is $189.99, while the 1TB
drive lists for $249.99. Another milestone down--what's next?
WD Scorpio Blue Features
- WD's exclusive WhisperDrive technology combines state-of-the-art
seeking algorithms to produce one of the quietest 2.5-inch drives
- Leading-edge ShockGuard technology combines firmware and hardware
advancements to meet the highest combined shock tolerance
specifications required for mobile and notebook applications.
- Parks the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin
down and when the drive is off. This ensures the recording head never
touches the disk surface, resulting in improved long-term reliability
due to less head wear and improved shock tolerance.