Western Digital announced today that it is now shipping the WD Scorpio Blue 1TB, its first 1TB internal 2.5-inch hard drive for laptops that has the same 9.5mm thickness as drives of smaller capacities.
While 1TB is not the largest capacity on the market for a drive of the 2.5-inch design, most other current 1TB or larger drives, including the previous version 1TB of the Scorpio Blue, come in the 12.5mm thickness standard and therefore are not compatible with most existing laptops.
WD says that the new WD Scorpio Blue 1TB is designed for mainstream notebook computers and has an areal density of 500GB per platter, making it possible to keep the dual-platter drive in the standard-thickness design. For the first time, laptop computers will be able to offer 1TB of storage without having to resort to external solutions.
According to WD, the WD Scorpio Blue features low power consumption and cool and quiet operation, and is resistant to shocks of up to 400Gs. The drive itself spins at just 5,200rpm, slower than the typical 5,400rpm.
The drive supports SATA 2 (3Gbps) standard, Advanced Format--a technology used by WD and other hard-drive manufacturers to support large capacities--and is optimized for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Mac OS X 10.6 and later.
WD says that the new drive has been tested on hundreds of systems and a multitude of platforms in its FIT Lab and Mobile Compatibility Lab to ensure broad compatibility with existing and future systems.
The new 1TB Scorpio Blue is available now and costs around $139.