Western Digital Releases 2.5" (7.5mm) Scorpio Blue Mobile HDD

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News Posted: Wed, Apr 11 2012 10:49 AM
Right now, the "industry standard" for a laptop hard drive is 9.5mm. Some of the largest desktop replacements can use drives a few millimeters higher than that. But soon, 7mm may be the go-to size, as Ultrabooks become the norm and mobile becomes...more mobile. Today, Western Digital introduced a new 7.5mm 2.5" HDD in the Scorpio Blue family. It's said to be the 2.5" drive with the lowest power consumption on the market today. Specified to a best-in-class 400Gs shock tolerance, the new single-platter WD Scorpio Blue small form factor hard drives are available in 500 GB and 320 GB capacities and the drives' compatibility with industry-standard 9.5 mm slots make them ideal storage options for mainstream notebooks as well as slimmer notebook and Ultrabook devices that require a 7 mm drive height.

"Consumers want thin and light personal computers, but the limited storage capacity of SSD-based notebooks forces them to pick and choose what files to bring from their library," said Matt Rutledge, vice president and general manager for WD client storage products. "With the release of the new WD Scorpio Blue 7 mm mobile hard drives, WD is able to offer capacity, reliability and data-protection features combined with excellent power management all in a slim form factor perfect for thin and light notebooks."


Shipping now through select distributors and resellers, the WD Scorpio Blue 7 mm 2.5-inch mobile hard drives are covered by a two-year limited warranty. MSRP for the 500 GB, model #: WD5000LPVT is $99.99 USD and the 320 GB, model #: WD3200LPVT is $79.99 USD. Not too shabby, huh?
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realneil replied on Wed, Apr 11 2012 10:44 PM

No,...not too shabby at all. I like them.

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mhenriday replied on Thu, Apr 12 2012 2:59 PM

OK, they're thin. But how fast do they spin ? Whats sort of performance can one expect from them ? A lot of questions of importance to end users which Western Digital doesn't seem to be answering....

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realneil replied on Thu, Apr 12 2012 10:18 PM

With a single platter they'll be fairly responsive, but if you're interested in speed maybe an SSD is more in order.

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