Western Digital Ships 1TB Laptop Hard Drive

Western Digital (WD) on monday announced that it's shipping its Scorpio Blue 2.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drive mechanism in a 1TB version. It costs $250.

1TB is as large as mobile hard drives get at the moment, and WD claims it's the first hard drive manuacturer to ship a drive in this capacity. The Scorpio Blue line also includes a $190 750GB model.

The Scorpio Blue 1TB drive is 12.5mm tall and suitable for use in laptop computers or small portable external hard drive cases -- in fact, WD simultaneously introduced a new version of its My Passport Essential SE portable USB drive in the 1TB capacity -- it costs $300.

Features of the Scorpio Blue line include WhisperDrive technology, which WD says makes the drive operate more quietly; ShockGuard, a combination of firmware and hardware that improves shock tolerance; and SecurePark, which securely parks the drive's recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down and wien the drive is off.

This story, "Western Digital Ships 1TB Laptop Hard Drive" was originally published by Macworld.

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