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Western Digital Offers Largest Laptop Hard Drives
Western Digital Offers Largest Laptop Hard Drives

By Mike Kent
July 27, 2009 10:20AM

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Western Digital is offering Scorpio Blue laptop hard-drives in 750GB and 1TB. The 750GB drive is $189.99, and the 1TB drive is $299.99 as part of Western Digital's My Passport USB drive. The drives are 12.5 millimeters thick, so they won't fit in all 2.5-inch slots. Western Digital says the Scorpio Blue drives are quiet and shock resistant.

Western Digital on Monday expanded the size of laptop hard-drive choices. It offered Scorpio Blue drives with capacities of 750 gigabytes and one terabyte. Until now, the largest laptop drive available was 500GB.

The new 2.5-inch drives are the first to use 333GB-per-platter technology. While the new drives support SATA2, they are 12.5 millimeters thick, which means they won't fit in all laptops.

Western Digital says the new drives are perfect for portable storage. Both drives will be available in Western Digital's new My Passport Essential SE Portable USB drive.

The new drives will come with Western Digital's WhisperDrive technology for quiet operation. They also will have ShockGuard for drop resistance, and SecurePark, which keeps the recording heads off the disk surface.

Both drives will have an 8MB buffer and a speed of 5,200 rpm.

The 750MB drive costs $189.99 and is available now. Currently, the 1TB drive is only available as part of the My Passport USB drive for $299.99.

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