Western Digital Rolls Out First 1TB Laptop HHD

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-07-27 Print this article Print

WD's Scorpio Blue 1TB is now the 2.5-inch laptop disk drive with the world's largest capacity, eclipsing Toshiba's 500GB laptop SSD, released May 14. How long will it hold the title? Probably not for long.

It certainly didn't take long for somebody to roar past Toshiba's short-lived record of 500GB for the largest available laptop storage capacity, announced on May 14.

Western Digital on July 27 introduced two new laptop drives that knocked Toshiba's Portege R600-ST4203 solid-state laptop out of the No. 1 spot: the WD Scorpio Blue drives, available in both 750GB and 1TB capacities.

The Scorpio Blue 1TB is now the 2.5-inch laptop disk drive with the world's largest capacity. How long will it hold the title? Probably not for long. Both spinning disk and solid-state storage capacities have been rising so quickly-thanks to improved engineering and better use of materials-that a new standard is reported about every four to six months.

Hitachi was the first manufacturer to bring a 1TB drive to market last year-and beat Western Digital to the punch-but that one works in desktop machines only. Currently, the largest desktop hard drive now available is 2TB-from both Western Digital and Hitachi.

Analyst Parm Mann of Hexus.net wrote that he wonders how practical the new Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB will be. It may not fit in many current notebooks.

"First and foremost, the drive itself measures 12.5mm in height due to its capacity, and finds itself too thick for the majority of existing notebooks-many of which use the traditional 69.85mm x 100mm x 9.5mm form factor," Mann wrote in his blog.

The drive is being initially marketed as an external mobile storage package and is now available in retail as the USB-powered My Passport Essential SE 1TB, priced at $300. The 750GB model is priced at $200.


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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