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Western Digital Ships First 1 TB 2.5-inch HDD

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It's the biggest 2.5-inch HDD yet.

While terabyte drives are readily available in 3.5-inch models, before today the 1 TB barrier hasn't been broken by any 2.5-inch drive. Western Digital changed that all today (somewhat) with the introduction of two new mobile hard drives – a 1 TB model made up of three 333 GB platters technology, and another 750 GB model presumably with three 250 GB platters.

Now before you think that you can put these drives in your notebook, they're of the 12.5 mm form factor rather than the 9.5 mm for most 2.5-inch drives. WD says that these thicker drives are ideally suited for use in portable storage solutions, such as the company's own My Passport Essential SE Portable USB Drives. Other applications include select notebooks and small form factor desktop PCs.

"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 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 MSRP for the WD Scorpio Blue 1 TB drive is $249.99 and for the 750 GB version $189.99.

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    omnimodis78 , July 27, 2009 5:39 PM
    That is nice! The price isn't bad at all either...
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    mrkenan , July 27, 2009 5:42 PM
    Shave off 3mm and I'll be even more excited. I'd like to see the performance benchmarks compared to their 3.5in TB HDDs.
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    Gin Fushicho , July 27, 2009 6:04 PM
    Hmn... So now that they got the portable 1TB's out, when are they gonna make the normal 3.5 inch ones more efficient and faster?
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    festerovic , July 27, 2009 6:24 PM
    Does anyone know if the larger thickness will mean that they won't fit in a PS3?
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    thearm , July 27, 2009 6:24 PM
    gin FushichoHmn... So now that they got the portable 1TB's out, when are they gonna make the normal 3.5 inch ones more efficient and faster?

    Cheap and reliable is all I care about.
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    godwhomismike , July 27, 2009 6:42 PM
    Would like to see them make them so they can fit inside my Macbook.
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    scook9 , July 27, 2009 6:44 PM
    These are not fast or efficient....3 platters in a notebook drive will run HOT. I will be much more excited for a dual 500GB platter 1TB drive. I got 2 WD3200BEKT drives now and they are single platter and still get VERY warm.
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    gekko668 , July 27, 2009 7:13 PM
    I'm fine having a 320 gig hdd in my laptop. Having 1 TB is an overkill for a laptop.
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    nukemaster , July 27, 2009 9:02 PM
    You can never have enough space :p 
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    td854 , July 27, 2009 9:46 PM
    I would not trust something so small with that much data being moved around day to day. Been there, done that so to speak. Now for SFF HTPC or consoles I'd totally buy this.
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    martin33w20 , July 27, 2009 10:32 PM
    should fit just fine inside of this I have 4 of the wd 300gb raptor 10k drives and they work fine.

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    martin33w20 , July 27, 2009 10:32 PM
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    7amood , July 27, 2009 11:09 PM
    nukemasterYou can never have enough space

    wish I can thumbs-up you 1 million times...
    I keep saying that all the time however, your statement is missing...
    I usually go like:
    "You can never have enough space... and you can never have enough money"

    sorry for being off topic but... it's a fact and... it's true =)
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    enewmen , July 28, 2009 2:36 AM
    I'm excited. At least it's POSSIBLE to get 1TB in a compact size with an early adopters price. I can just bring a whole collection when I travel rather than spending so much time picking out files to save space or doing tons of video re-coding.
    I'm guessing 9.5 mm cheaper/faster/cooler drives will be out within a year or so. I'm also guessing this will be the last of the current generation of drives. A major design change is needed to go beyond the current density. I travel a lot, so happy with the news!
    Just thinking out-loud.
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    astrodudepsu , July 28, 2009 5:09 AM
    It's a good step forward. Kudos to WD for trailblazing. Lets see how long it takes for the others to offer something like this.
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    rpmrush , July 28, 2009 3:28 PM
    They need to hurry up with dual 500GB platters for full notebook compatibility. Someone mentioned 1Tb in a notebook as overkill. With HD movies running 4-10GB when encoded in x264, it's not overkill at all.
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    Anonymous , February 13, 2011 1:31 PM
    I just installed it in my late model (2009) 15" macbook pro. Fits fine. Runs fine.