Breaks previous high in some style.
If you’re going to break a record you might as well do it properly…
Western Digital has today stepped forward to declare that 500GB is a pansy amount of storage for a 2.5in HDD and has backed this up (pun very much intended) by announcing not just a 750GB model but also a one terabyte (1TB) drive. Take that!
Both join the company’s ‘Scorpio Blue’ line and offer 3Gbps SATA connectors, spin at up to 5,200rpm, have 8MB of cache and cram over 333GB into each platter – an industry record (until someone comes and breaks it, naturally). On the practical side, the duo come with anti-shock protection and promise extremely low noise levels in operation thanks to WD’s own custom ‘WhisperDrive’ technology.
“The convergence of the growing mobile computing and digital media trends produces demand for desktop-like capacities in portable devices,” said WD senior VP and GM of client systems Jim Morris. “Our new WD Scorpio Blue drives enable people to take even more of their digital collections with them wherever they go and, realising the value of their data, back up their notebooks on their My Passport drives.”
Happily the WD Scorpio Blue 750GB and 1TB models are available immediately and come with fairly reasonably RRPs of 140 euros (£121) and 205 euros (£177) respectively – considering they’re industry firsts.
So it looks like the inevitable succession of SSDs just got pushed out a little further…