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Western Digital Ships Industry's First 1 TB Mobile Hard Drive

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WD today announced two new mobile hard drives that reach new capacity extremes. The highlight is a one terabyte model - the industry's highest-capacity 2.5-inch drive available. Industry-leading 333 GB-per-platter technology enables the new WD Scorpio Blue SATA 2.5-inch hard drives to offer mobile storage device and notebook users an enormous 1 TB capacity. A 750 GB WD Scorpio Blue model also will be available.

The WD Scorpio Blue 750 GB and 1 TB hard drives have a 12.5 mm form factor and are ideally suited for use in portable storage solutions, such as the newly released My Passport Essential SE Portable USB Drives. Other applications include select notebooks and small form factor desktop PCs, where quiet and cool operation are important. Both WD Scorpio Blue drives deliver high-performance with a 3 gigabits per second (Gb/s) transfer rate.



"The convergence of the growing mobile computing and digital media trends produces demand for desktop-like capacities in portable devices," said Jim Morris, senior vice president and general manager of client systems at WD. "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."

WD Scorpio Blue hard drives offer high-performance, low power consumption and cool operation in portable applications. They are designed with WD features to be reliable and shock resistant while also delivering industry-leading capacity and performance.

WD Scorpio Blue Features
  • WhisperDrive - WD's exclusive WhisperDrive technology combines state-of-the-art seeking algorithms to produce one of the quietest 2.5-inch drives available.
  • ShockGuard - Leading-edge ShockGuard technology combines firmware and hardware advancements to meet the highest combined shock tolerance specifications required for mobile and notebook applications.
  • SecurePark - 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.

Price and Availability
WD Scorpio Blue 750 GB drives (model WD7500KEVT) are available now through select distributors and resellers; the 1 TB capacity (model WD10TEVT) is available now configured into My Passport Essential SE USB drives. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the WD Scorpio Blue 1 TB drive is $249.99 USD and for the 750 GB version it is $189.99 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 here.
 
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HDD's are becoming better and better, its very nice
 

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Doesn't that apply to basically every technology?
true, but laptop stuff is usually left far behind. seeing 2.5" drives at close to the capacity of 3.5" drives, is pretty impressive.
 

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The WD Scorpio Blue 750 GB and 1 TB hard drives have a 12.5 mm form factor
So all they did was make the drive taller so that it won't fit in most things people would want to put them in(like most laptops and most 2.5" enclosures), and add a 3rd platter. Doesn't sound that great to me...
 

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1 TB drive is $249.99 = ""=
and the speed? 5400rpm?
 

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According to WD website: 5200RPM:confused:
 

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So all they did was make the drive taller so that it won't fit in most things people would want to put them in(like most laptops and most 2.5" enclosures), and add a 3rd platter. Doesn't sound that great to me...
... crap, i didnt notice that.
 

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According to WD website: 5200RPM:confused:
5200rpm??:confused:
I don't think I'll be getting this even if I could...I'd rather get a smaller drive with faster speeds
 

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5200rpm??:confused:
I don't think I'll be getting this even if I could...I'd rather get a smaller drive with faster speeds
Rotational speed isn't everything. Modern 5400RPM drives actually perform quite well, outperforming 7200RPM drives from just a few years ago, and for the power savings, I'd never even bother putting a 7200RPM drive in a laptop.

And I think the main focus of this drive is USB enclosures, so the rotational speed really doesn't matter as USB bottlenecks even 4200RPM drives...
 
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Rotational speed isn't everything. Modern 5400RPM drives actually perform quite well, outperforming 7200RPM drives from just a few years ago, and for the power savings, I'd never even bother putting a 7200RPM drive in a laptop.

And I think the main focus of this drive is USB enclosures, so the rotational speed really doesn't matter as USB bottlenecks even 4200RPM drives...
I replaced my 5400 RPM laptop drive with a 7200RPM and noticed quite a difference in bootup and program starting times with very little change in my battery life (actually unnoticable unless I run defrag until the battery dies and compare the two). I'd make the recommendation to anyone on the fence to get the faster drive for a laptop.
 

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So I take it that this won't fit in a new mac book pro.:ohwell:
 

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leave it to wd to do this.

I'll wait for seagates 9.5mm 7200 rpm version of this.
 

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So why not give us a 9.5mm 666GB drive?