Western Digital Announces 750GB Scorpio, Ties for Highest Capacity Standard Notebook Drive

Paul Lilly

You can already buy 1TB hard drives for your notebook, but there are a couple of caveats. First is the size - at 12.5mm high, these capacious drives aren't going to fit inside every notebook chassis. Secondly, these drives pack three platters instead of two, which typically means slower performance.

Enter Western Digital, who today announced it is now shipping 750GB of storage capacity in a standard-height (9.5mm) 2.5-inch notebook hard drive. The new WD Scorpio Blue 750GB also boasts a two-platter design for greater areal density, and sports WD's Advanced Format technology.

"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."

Like Toshiba's recently announced notebook drive of the same size and density, WD's version spins at 5400RPM and sports 8MB of cache, a 12ms seek time, and SATA 3Gb/s interface.

The Scorpio Blue 750GB is available now for $150.

Image Credit: Western Digital

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