WD Ships New 750GB High-Performance HHD for Laptops

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-01-05 Print this article Print

Aimed at gamers and graphics professionals, Scorpio Black drives boast data transfer speeds (buffer to host) of up to a maximum of 3Gbits/per second.

Western Digital, which released the first 3TB-capacity internal SATA hard disk drive nine weeks ago, Jan. 5 announced that it has started shipping a new 2.5-inch, 750GB SATA hard drive for OEMs that make high-performance laptops and portable storage devices.

WD's Scorpio Black drives, speedier than most current HHDs at 7200 RPM, includes 16MB of solid-state cache. They are designed primarily for professional-level laptops to handle video creation and storage, animation and heavy graphics.

The drives also are aimed at high-end video game performance use.

The Scorpio Blacks come in capacities starting at 160GB and going up to 750GB. Data transfer speeds (buffer to host) have been benchmarked up to a maximum of 3G bps, WD said.

WD said the new hard drives are available now in the United States from "select resellers and distributors" at $149 apiece and are covered by a five-year limited warranty.

It's amazing how fast current technology gets passed by. You can now find WD's Scorpio Black predecessor, a 500GB HDD with 300M bps throughput and 7200 rpm, for a mere $65 online.

Western Digital, a longtime competitor with Seagate, Samsung and Toshiba in the HHD business, was founded in 1970 and supplies its drives to all major computer makers.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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