Western Digital announced on Tuesday that it is now shipping the WD Scorpio Blue 2.5-inch notebook hard drive with 750 GB or storage. Aimed for mainstream notebooks, the company said that the new HDD uses its Advanced Format technology and 375 MB-per-platter areal density to enable the larger capacity in a small form factor.
WD said that the new 5400 RPM SATA HDD also incorporates its WhisperDrive technology for quiet operation, ShockGuard to help prevent damage from major shocks to the laptop, and SecurePark to reduce the amount of wear on the platters and drive head. The 3 Gb/s speeds via the SATA interface and 8 MB of cache also makes it ideal for portable gaming and drive-thrashing downloads.
"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."
The WD Scorpio Blue 750 GB HDD (model WD7500BPVT) is covered under a limited three-year-warranty, and will be available soon for $149 USD. There's also a 1 TB version listed on WD's website, however the company did not release any shipment or pricing info on that particular drive.