Western Digital Debuts 750GB Scorpio Blue Hard Drive For Notebooks - HotHardware
Western Digital Debuts 750GB Scorpio Blue Hard Drive For Notebooks

Western Digital Debuts 750GB Scorpio Blue Hard Drive For Notebooks

1TB drives have already hit the 2.5" HDD market, but Western Digital realizes that not everyone needs or wants all that space. In order to serve that other demand, the company has introduced a slightly smaller drive, the 750GB Scorpio Blue. Still a sizable piece to say the least, and this drive boasts a 375 GB-per-platter areal density and Advanced Format technology.

Other features include drop-in functionality with any notebook that uses 2.5" HDD (that's almost all of them), WhisperDrive technology to keep things quiet, ShockGuard and SecurePark. It's available today with a model number of WD7500BPVT, and it's listing for $149.


WD Mobile Hard Drives with Advanced Format Technology Offer Highest Capacity For Mainstream Notebook Computers

LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Mar. 30, 2010 – WD® (NYSE: WDC) today announced that it is now shipping 750 GB of storage capacity in a standard-height 2.5-inch notebook hard drive -- the industry’s highest capacity to date in this form factor. Designed for mainstream notebook computers, the WD Scorpio® Blue™ 750 GB hard drives utilize WD’s leading 375 GB-per-platter areal density and Advanced Format technology.
    An ideal solution for notebook computers and other portable devices whose users require extreme capacities in a small package, extended battery life and cool, reliable  operation, the WD Scorpio Blue 750 GB hard drive is also one of the quietest 2.5-inch drives on the market.
    “WD continues to lead the market with capacity points that enable consumers and business professionals to store large quantities of data and rich media content,” said Jim Morris, WD's senior vice president and general manager of Storage Products. “Our leading power efficiency, achieved without compromise to performance, is another example of the added features and value that our customers have come to expect from WD.”
Features of the WD Scorpio Blue include:
•       Advanced Format technology - Technology being pioneered by WD and adopted by other drive manufacturers to increase media format efficiencies, thus enabling larger drive capacities.
•       WhisperDrive™ - WD's exclusive WhisperDrive technology combines state-of-the-art seeking algorithms to yield one of the quietest 2.5-inch hard drives on the market. These algorithms also optimize the way a drive seeks for data, which significantly improves power consumption.
•       ShockGuard™ - Leading-edge ShockGuard technology protects the drive mechanics and platter surfaces from shocks.
•       SecurePark™ - WD's SecurePark technology 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 non-operational shock tolerance.
•       Fast and efficient – Ultra-fast 3 gigabits per second (Gb/s) SATA interface speed yields performance fit for demanding mobile applications.
•       Tested for compatibility – WD performs extensive tests on hundreds of systems and a multitude of platforms in its FIT Lab™ and Mobile Compatibility Lab to give our customers confidence that our drives will work in their systems.

Price and Availability
    WD Scorpio Blue 750 GB (model WD7500BPVT) hard drives are shipping now through select distributors and resellers. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD Scorpio Blue 750 is $149.00 USD. WD Scorpio Blue hard drives are covered by a three-year limited warranty. More information about WD Scorpio Blue mobile hard drives may be found on the company's Web site at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=815.

About WD
    WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard drives and solid state drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. Its advanced technologies are configured into applications for client and enterprise computing, embedded systems and consumer electronics, as well as its own consumer storage and media products.

    WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading OEMs, systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digital® and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's Web site (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.
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I have the 500gb version of this in my netbook. It is a great drive. Much faster than the 160gb drive that came with it. I replaced it after dropping my netbook and the drive dieing. Since then I have dropped it a few times. Even once on the driveway with it running. The WD drive kept right on chugging.

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I wonder what kind of performance this drive would bring as the article did not state if this is a 5400 or 7200 RPM drive I am assuming it's a 7200RPM. This should be a nice drive for those who want more space and also extend the life of a laptop. WD is a quality brand and for $150 you cannot go wrong here.

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I wonder what kind of performance this drive would bring as the article did not state if this is a 5400 or 7200 RPM drive I am assuming it's a 7200RPM.

The other Scorpio Blue drives including mine are 5400. I would assume this one is as well.

Edit: Found this. It will be a 5400 RPM drive. Also $150 doesn't sound bad at all. I think that is the price I picked up my 500GB drive from best buy.

The WD Scorpio Blue 750GB (a.k.a. WD7500BPVT) achieves its capacity using just two platters, each capable of packing up to 375GB of data. That works out to an extra 55GB per platter over the 320GB disks that make up the 640GB Scorpio Blue. Platter density aside, the new drive has a 5,400-RPM spindle speed, 300MB/s Serial ATA interface, 8MB cache, and 5.5-ms average seek time—nothing too out of the ordinary there.

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You'll have to wait for their Scorpio Black to get that 7200 RPM.

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I was more impressed with the 1TB one. Although this is a WD Yeah!!!!

I would like to see the price of SSD's come down and have this capacity so notebooks can be more stable!

I guess we will have to wait until Apple sells enough I-stuff to increase the profits of the SSD manufacturers, so their prices will drop? OK, one good thing about Apple :P

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The last drive I bought for a notebook was 7200 RPM with a 16MB cache and is very fast. It doesn't have the capacity that this one does, but you can do plenty with 160GB on a portable computer with plenty of large external storage devices available at home. A 160GB or 256GB Intel SSD would be an even better solution if they were affordable.

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