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Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVT (750GB)

Notebook Hard Drives: 750GB And 640GB Models Reviewed
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Western Digital currently offers the highest capacity on a conventional laptop hard drive with a 9.5 mm z-height. All others have yet to hit this capacity point. WD has also been the first with 750GB and 1TB capacities on 2.5” drives, but these are based on a 12.5 mm height. Is the highest capacity drive also the fastest drive?

According to WD’s 95.6 MB/s throughput, it is, although Samsung’s Spinpoint M7E is close behind. The only drives that deliver higher throughput are those running employing a 7,200 RPM spindle speed. WD’s 47.2 MB/s minimum throughput is also best in class. That’s not the case for access time, although all four drives are close to each other. The 750GB Scorpio Blue delivers around 100 I/O operations per second, which is good, even if Toshiba and Seagate are faster.

The WD drive has the lowest active idle power requirement at only 0.6W. All others require 0.7W to 1.0W. If you were to compose a capacity per watt index, it would be obvious which drive dominates. Power during HD video playback is a bit higher than on the other drives (1.2W compared to 1.0W to 1.1 W). In the end, WD offers the best throughput and performance per watt on throughput.

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    wintermint , July 1, 2010 4:33 AM
    Can now store more porn :) 
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    scook9 , July 1, 2010 5:13 AM
    And I just got a WD6400BEVT :( 
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    guid_aaa000001 , July 1, 2010 7:17 AM
    Where's the Sofa girl?
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    Onus , July 1, 2010 12:03 PM
    I don't see a need for a drive this size on a laptop. If it's your primary system, either you'd probably be better served by a faster-all-around desktop PC, OR, you should probably use one or more external drives to keep large amounts of data backed up and generally safer. If it isn't your primary system, you'd be better served by a machine with an 80GB SSD; much faster, quieter, cooler, and has better battery life.
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    WyomingKnott , July 1, 2010 1:47 PM
    jtt283I don't see a need for a drive this size on a laptop. If it's your primary system, either you'd probably be better served by a faster-all-around desktop PC, OR, you should probably use one or more external drives to keep large amounts of data backed up and generally safer. If it isn't your primary system, you'd be better served by a machine with an 80GB SSD; much faster, quieter, cooler, and has better battery life.

    Sigh. Jtt283, this was a reasonable and clearly-written response, from the point of view of a user like you. But there are lots of users who are not like you. I have no use for dual graphics cards, but my home PC does need its Ultra-320 SCSI adapter. Be open-minded and allow for other kinds of user.
    Some possible uses for such a drive would be
    o What Wintermint said
    o A portable recording studio
    o Enterprise storage arrays in datacenters are moving to smaller drives. While these particular drives may not be enterprise-grade, they could be a start in that direction and lead to higher-density storage racks.
    o Portable diagnostic imaging and reference texts for fourth-world doctors or medical missionaries.
    o At this point I'm just making things up to be silly.
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    Kahless01 , July 1, 2010 1:50 PM
    you use these as storage drive on desktop replacement laptops. i have an 80gb intel ssd as the primary on my laptop and id like to upgrade the 250gb to 750 to backup more movies. and i cant take a faster all around desktop pc with me. and lugging around another one or more external drives with your laptop kinda defeats the portability purpose. think then post.
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    Anonymous , July 1, 2010 2:58 PM
    750Gb in a laptop, thats progress!!!

    Persnally, could never justify it unless it was my only machine, and then I would have similar size backup external drive, just seems a tiny overkill,

    and besides, if you are doing the whole massive hog thing, wouldnt going the extra step and doing it 7200rpm be a better thing, then I would be really interested!

    Still, you cant beat a 80gb ssd for speed and power usage and reliability in a portable enviroment|!
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    asiaprime , July 1, 2010 4:22 PM
    just because it's a laptop drive, doesn't mean it HAS to go into a laptop. my desktop uses 2 wd scorpio black since my case only has 2x3.5" internal bays. switching to 2.5" drives doubles the amount of drives I can put in it. with speeds & densities of these sized drives in raid 0, it can deliver performance higher than the desktop counterpart. this article is useful to me :D 
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    lradunovic77 , July 1, 2010 5:05 PM
    Buying any of these drives is wrong investment. Get Intel G2 SSD 160Gb, that is what every laptop needs.
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    MrCommunistGen , July 1, 2010 6:34 PM
    On page 1: "Seagate Barracuda 5,400 RPM" Seagate's mobile line is the Momentus series.
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    Anonymous , July 1, 2010 7:12 PM
    According to the specs, the Toshiba 500 gig is faster and consumes lower power than the 640Gig drive...
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    SlickyFats , July 1, 2010 7:38 PM
    750Gb @ 9.5mm sounds like this is going to be my new hard drive for my PS3. No such thing as too much space. Going from a 320Gb (full) 7,200 RPM WD to this will be much welcomed freedom to download more.
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    user 18 , July 1, 2010 7:49 PM
    I probably wouldn't use these as internal HDDs, but I would use them in slimline external enclosures. They are easy to carry, require only a USB cable, and make it easier to move large files around. They take up less room than most power bricks, and are an easier shape to slide into a laptop bag pocket, or even in a pants pocket. Would love one of these, but they're out of my budget.
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    rolli59 , July 1, 2010 8:35 PM
    As a notebook drive they are huge. I am using 250GB in my work laptop now and not even using half of it, there of approximately 20GB of music and some movies on top of that.
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    Anonymous , July 1, 2010 9:37 PM
    ll
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    Anonymous , July 1, 2010 9:38 PM
    1tb ?

    http://www.dabs.ie/category/components-and-storage,hard-drives,internal-hard-drives/11154-41580000-52780000#filters
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    rana_kirti , July 2, 2010 5:20 AM
    Is the 750GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue faster than a HItachi Travelstar 7200 RPM 7K500 ?
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    Gandalf , July 2, 2010 2:49 PM
    I'm waiting for crystal storage devices.
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    WarraWarra , July 2, 2010 5:45 PM
    Why not the WD 1TB ?
    "Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD10TPVT 1TB 5200 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive"

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136545
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    WarraWarra , July 2, 2010 5:56 PM
    Quote:
    However, one drive stands out slightly. The 750GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue isn’t only the highest-capacity 2.5” hard drive available today (among 9.5 mm drives), it’s also one of the fastest.


    Hello when was this article written back in 2009 ?

    WD10TPVT 1TB 5200 Release Date 24 March 2010.

    LMAO
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