Catering to the 7mm height requirement of most Ultrabooks, the WD Scorpio Blue HDDs have now gone live. These 2.5-inch drives are not only slim enough to slip into sleek notebook designs, but also compatibile with industry-standard 9.5mm slots.
The newly launched hard drive come with a number of features. Unlike conventional HDDs, this one from WD apparently has low power consumption capabilities. This is said to be achieved through power management algorithms that can optimize the way data is searched. For added protection measures, the company claims that each device can withstand shocks of up to 400Gs, to ensure all mechanisms are secure.
“Consumers want thin and light personal computers, but the limited storage capacity of SSD-based notebooks forces them to pick and choose what files to bring from their library,” expressed Matt Rutledge, vice president and general manager for WD client storage products. “With the release of the new WD Scorpio Blue 7 mm mobile hard drives, WD is able to offer capacity, reliability and data-protection features combined with excellent power management all in a slim form factor perfect for thin and light notebooks.”
Since the 7mm HDD is aimed towards slimmer notebooks and the Ultrabook segment, it incorporates the WD WhisperDrive technology to maintain cool and silent operation. And for enhanced durability, the SecurePark attribute is apparently capable of keeping the recording heads away from the disk when the drive is off. What’s more, the hardware should also be compatible with a wide catalog of systems.
The WD Scorpio Blue price tags amount to $99.99 for 500GB of storage and $79.99 for 320GB. Both 7mm variants are available for purchase through select distributors and resellers.