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Bulky hard drives, be gone! Western Digital today announced it's begun shipping what it claims is the world's thinnest 1TB-class hard drive, the new 2.5-inch WD Blue 7mm. The WD Blue hard drive family is available in smaller capacities too, down to 320GB, all of which measure 7mm in height. They're designed to usher in increasingly slimmer and lighter notebooks, though they're also compatible with industry standard 9.5mm drive slots, WD says.
"Users with large portfolios of content no longer need an Ultrabook or upgrading to a thin and light notebook," said Matt Rutledge, Vice President and General Manager for client storage products at WD. "This most compact 1TB hard drive to-date offers manufacturers of systems an upsell path for their customers who will now be able to choose systems offering both sleek design and high capacity.
Despite its small stature, WD didn't skimp on features. The Blue family is equipped with WD's ShockGuard technology to protect the drive mechanics and platter surfaces from shocks, StableTrac technology, and a few other proprietary bits.
WD says the drive is shipping now through select distributors and resellers. The 1TB model runs $139 and is covered by a two-year warranty.