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Western Digital ships 2.5-inch 500Gb, may reach 1TB by early 2010

The days of a bare one terabyte notebook-size drive could happen as early as beginning of 2010. Hard drive manufacturers like Western Digital, Fujitsu and Seagate are on their race to break the Terabyte boundary in 2.5-inch standard storage. We’ll get to that when the time comes, meanwhile you can get half of that capacity today with Western Digital Scopio Blue series.

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Western Digital My Book Mirror Edition USB RAID-1 array

Western Digital’s latest attempt to cash in on our general guilt over not backing up files is the My Book Mirror Edition.  Effectively bridging the gap between a traditional standalone USB hard-drive and a full-spec network-attached storage (NAS) device, the Mirror Edition still connects to a single computer via USB but automatically duplicates files across two hard-drives.  Both 1TB and 2TB versions are available.

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Western Digital working on 20,000rpm HDD to rival SSD

Last Friday, when Seagate announced its intention to build Enterprise-level SSDs, iSuppli analyst Krishna Chander described rival Western Digital as “too deeply lost” in traditional hard-drives.  Today, rumors are spreading that WD, far from being “lost”, are in fact planning a platter-based alternative to high-speed solid-state storage.  According to sources close to the hard-drive industry, WD are working on a new unit in the company’s Raptor range that would run at an astonishing 20,000rpm. 

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Western Digital Scorpio Black 7,200rpm notebook drives

Western Digital has unveiled its latest mobile hard-drives, the Scorpio Black range, and while they might not be rocking the solid-state bandwagon they’ve little to be ashamed of.  Available in capacities ranging from 80GB to 320GB, the 2.5-inch drives all spin at 7,200rpm and have 16MB cache; connectivity is via 3GB/s SATA.  However despite all that performance potential, Western Digital are saying that the new drives consume only the power demanded by a slower, 5,400rpm model.

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Western Digital VelociRaptor VR150 – insane performance from 2.5-inch drive

Western Digital know how to make a decent drive, and with the VelociRaptor VR150 they’ve shown they can create an eye-catching one too.  Proclaimed as the world’s first 2.5-inch Serial ATA drive with a 10,000rpm spindle speed, the unit sits inside a mean looking “IcePAK” drive caddy that performs double duty as a heatsink – courtesy of the thirteen cooling fins – and as an adaptor to make the VR150 compatible with standard 3.5-inch bays.  A good thing, too, as the $300 drive wouldn’t be much good in a laptop: at 15mm thick it’s almost double a standard 2.5-inch notebook drive.  Tech Report have been putting the VelociRaptor through its paces, to see whether the drive lives up to Western Digital’s performance promises.

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Western Digital My Passport Essential Colors – now in more colors than black

In fact, you get 10 colors to choose from. They are the same USB bus powered pocket sized external hard drives you’ve become accustomed to, the only difference is that now you can get them in a color to match you.

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Western Digital My Book Studio Edition II – high speed high capacity storage for the creative pro in you

This external hard drive is directed at creative professionals and video editors who need a lot of fast storage space so they can do their work. This drive can certainly provide it and won’t be slowed by the interface by which it connects to your computer either since it has four of them.

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Western Digital Shipping new 640GB HDDs – now with 320GB per platter

Western Digital’s new WD Caviar SE16 drive has two platters with 320GB per platter inside making for 640GB total. Sure it’s a weird capacity, but if I can pick it up for the same, or close to the same price as a 500GB drive, then I like it.

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Western Digital trying to claim highest density single platter HDD title

They released the Caviar SE16 HDD which has a single platter inside sporting 320GB of data storage on that one platter. Yes, all you Samsung fans (myself included after what I saw at CES) they are trying to claim that somehow this drive beats out the density of Samsung’s SpinPoint F1 drives that fit about 334GB of data on a single platter.

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Western Digital Passport 320GB – largest external 2.5-inch drive

Western Digital Passport 320GB – largest external 2.5-inch drive

Western Digital recently announces its latest and largest internal laptop hard drive sporting 320GB of storage. Now, WD is making its largest mobile drive available as a portable external hard drive. The 320GB Western Digital Passport is available in five colors and feature data encryption with its WD Sync software (windows only). The 320 WD Passport will cost you $230.

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Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB HDD

So, Samsung has this series of hardrives called the Spinpoint F1 series, with the HD103UJ topping it at 1TB. All three drives in the series have a data density of 350GB, operate at 7200RPMs, and utilize the SATA/300 interface.

its the one on the left.

Only the 750GB and 1TB drives have the full 32MB cache though. All of that calculates to make the 1TB drive have a total average access time of 14.2 milliseconds, which, in the terabyte hard drive market (there aren’t many) is slow, in fact, Seagate and Hitachi have models that perform at 12.7ms and 13.8ms respectively, so the only company the Samsung beats out is the WD Caviar GP with its 15/15.1ms access time.

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Western Digital ships 320GB notebook hard drives

Western Digital ships 320GB notebook hard drives

Western Digital starting to ship its new Scorpio 320GB 2.5-inch Serial ATA hard drive (WD3200BEVT). I use the 250GB version on my own laptop and have been quite happy with its performance despite the 5400RPM rotation speed.

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