Western Digital Unveils 1TB Laptop Hard Drive
The portable storage unit is targeted at laptops and mini-desktop PCs, such as the Apple Mini.
Western Digital on Monday introduced a 1TB hard drive for laptops, intended to meed the ever- increasing storage demands of users with growing archives of data files generated by digital cameras and video cameras.
The WD Scorpio Blue SATA 2.5-inch drive also is available with 750 GB of storage. The two models are targeted at laptops and mini-desktop PCs, such as the Apple Mini. The drives are likely too big to fit in netbooks, mini-laptops that are selling faster than any other PC category.
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Along with the new internal drives, WD also introduced two external USB drives with the same amount of storage. The My Passport Essential SE drives feature a titanium silver finish and fit in the palm of a hand.
Scorpio Blue drives have a 3GB per second transfer rate and provide a maximum capacity that's double what was previously available. The new products include WD's WhisperDrive technology for quieter operation. The drives also include WD's shock-resistant technology, which includes parking the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down and when the drive is off.
The 1TB Scorpio Blue has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $250 and the 750 GB model has an MSRP of $190. Both drives are covered by a three-year limited warranty. The 1TB My Passport Essential SE has an MSRP of $300 and the 750 GB model $200.
Western Digital also makes network storage drives for consumers. In February, the company introduced a 1TB and 2TB My Book World Edition backup. The drive plugs into a network router and can begin backing up files from all computers on a network after only a few clicks with the mouse. The 1TB model sells for $230, the 2TB version for $450.
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