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2.5-inch WD hybrid HDDs go slim enough to fit in the thinnest laptops

2.5-inch WD hybrid HDD

The rise of super slim notebooks have pushed manufacturers to do better in delivering compact storage options and the outcome from one particular company WD, is a hybrid HDD which aims to get integrated in thin laptops currently packing in expensive SSDs. These drives are in the sampling process and are like to get featured in upcoming devices from Acer and Asus.

While some say SSDs are more efficient in reliability and speed, the manufacturer states that the new drives will feature instant-on and quick response capabilities that are some of the key aspects in the former medium. They are expected to arrive in high-capacity storage volumes dressed in a robust form factor which is almost 50% more compact than traditional 2.5-inch hard drives.

“Mobile devices are becoming smaller, thinner, lighter and more responsive,” comments Matt Rutledge, vice president of client storage solutions at WD. “Working with our technology partners, WD has developed new 5 mm hard drives that enable high capacity storage along with excellent performance and superior economics to allow our customers to expand their thin offerings.”

Featuring the hybrid technology, the company has equipped these units with MLC NAND flash storage which renders quick read and write speeds like an SSD, and magnetic disks for enabling high-capacity storage. Additionally, they take on various other benefits including low power consumption and high operating shock tolerance amongst others.

Like we said before, these 2.5-inch WD hybrid HDDs are currently being sampled to various OEMs. Companies like Acer and Asus have announced their partnership with the manufacturer to incorporate the slim drives into their notebooks.