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WD's New 750 GB 2.5" HDD On The Way

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Western Digital has shipped its new 750 GB WD Scorpio Blue laptop HDD.

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.

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    PhoneyVirus , March 30, 2010 10:07 PM
    WD Scorpio Blue 250GB 2.5-inch hard drive is still running great in my x360.
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    zoemayne , March 30, 2010 10:45 PM
    The 1tb version is 3mm thicker so it may not fit in all notebooks. I think it has 3 platters. 9.5mm vs. 12.5mm.
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    jenesuispasbavard , March 31, 2010 12:02 AM
    When are the big 7200rpm drives coming?!
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    JohnnyLucky , March 31, 2010 12:43 AM
    A 1trb version for a laptop? Seems like an awful lot for a portable device.
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    soky602 , March 31, 2010 1:48 AM
    JohnnyLuckyA 1trb version for a laptop? Seems like an awful lot for a portable device.

    about ten years ago I thought 80Gb was alot
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    eddieroolz , March 31, 2010 2:01 AM
    375 MB-per-platter areal density

    [/sarcasm]Oh lord, imagine the platters needed...20 of them!

    Really though, I'm interested. 320GB just doesn't cut it for me anymore.
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    Anonymous , March 31, 2010 2:49 AM
    Yes, the 1TB version is 12.5mm. How can we confirm? Well, about that last "did not release any shipment or pricing info" bit:

    Tom('s), you're a bit behind here...
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    10tacle , March 31, 2010 2:49 AM
    soky602about ten years ago I thought 80Gb was alot

    And just think: ten years prior to that ten year ago period the majority of households didn't even have computers, and just about all of them didn't have internet access. Isn't technology and progress great?
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    anamaniac , March 31, 2010 5:55 AM
    To be honest, I'd be more interested in 1.8" drives, as you can still get decent capacities, and would give a little more room for a bigger battery. =D
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    OvrClkr , March 31, 2010 4:40 PM
    640Gb is enough for me atm. My next lappy upgrade will be an SSD, hopefully..
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    Gin Fushicho , March 31, 2010 5:14 PM
    So is this a single platter 750GB drive?

    Edit : Just realized that "375MBs areal density platter" was a typo. So we still have not hit 500 GB density's for laptop drives eh?