Western Digital On Par With Toshiba For 750GB

Western Digital is now transporting 750 GB of storage in a standard-height 2.5-inch notebook hard drive - the industry's largest volume up until now, in this form. Developed for mainstream notebook computers, the WD Scorpio Blue 750 GB hard drives apply Western Digital's leading 375 GB-per-platter areal density and Advanced Format technology.

Features of the Western Digital Scorpio Blue are:

Advanced Format technology - Technology being developed by WD and followed by other drive manufacturers to increase media format efficiencies, hence allowing for greater drive capacities.WhisperDrive - WD's unmatched WhisperDrive technology fuses advanced seeking algorithms to yield one of the quietest 2.5-inch hard drives in the marketplace. These algorithms also optimize the manner a drive looks for for data, which importantly betters power usage.ShockGuard - Up-to-date ShockGuard technology safe gaurds the drive mechanics and platter surfaces from shocks.SecurePark - WD's SecurePark technology parks the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down, and when the drive is off. This sees the recording head dosen't touche the disk surface resulting in better contuining dependability due to less head wear, and improved non-operational shock tolerance.Fast and effective – Ultra-fast 3 gigabits per second (Gb/s) SATA interface speed generates performance ready for demanding mobile applications.Tested for compatibility – WD does widespread tests on hundreds of systems and a large number of platforms in its FIT Lab and Mobile Compatibility Lab to give our customers confidence that our drives will work in their systems.

Price and Availability

Western Digital Scorpio Blue 750 GB (model WD7500BPVT) hard drives are transporting now through first-rate distributors and resellers. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Western Digital Scorpio Blue 750 is $149.00 USD (+/-£100.00). Western Digital Scorpio Blue hard drives come with a three-year limited warranty.

How does the WD compare to Toshiba

Toshiba was the first to announce and WD is the first to transport 750GB 2.5-inch HDD with 9.5mm height. The Japanese firm said sample consignments will begin from April, 2010, probably a a couple of days after WD will bring out its unit one day before the end of March.

Both devices have exactly the same specifications: two disks, four heads, 5,400rpm, 12ms average seek time, 8MB buffer, 4K byte-per-sector, 3Gb SATA. The WD model is just weightier, 150g, in comparison to 105g for Toshiba.

Scorpio Blue 750 GB will costs around £100 in Europe. No price has been announced by Toshiba.

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