WD Ships New 750GB High-Performance HHD for Laptops

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

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