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Western Digital claims first 1 TB mobile drive

by Scott Bicheno on 27 July 2009, 10:41


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Another milestone

Hard drive giant Western Digital (WD) has announced it is shipping the industry's first mobile hard drive to break the one terabyte capacity barrier.

The new WD Scorpio Blue SATA 2.5-inch HDDs use 333 GB-per-platter technology to achieve capacities of 750 GB and 1 TB, although the big fella seems only to be available built into the new My Passport Essential SE external USB drives, with the 750 GB one already in the channel.

Addidtionally, their height of 12.5 mm means they won't be compatible with many notebooks.

"The convergence of the growing mobile computing and digital media trends produces demand for desktop-like capacities in portable devices," said Jim Morris, senior VP and GM of client systems at WD.

"Our new WD Scorpio Blue drives enable people to take even more of their digital collections with them wherever they go and, realising the value of their data, back up their notebooks on their My Passport drives."

Neither the drives nor the new My Passport seemed to shown on the WD website when we looked, but we're informed that the 750 GB version is priced at €140 (£121) and the 1 TB at €205 (£177).


UPDATE - 11:00 27 July 2009: We've just been informed by WD that both new models are available through the channel, not just the 750 GB one.


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Undoubtedly expensive, but pretty consistent with the price of their current 500GB drive (there is a premium per GB, but not a big premium compared to 1TB -> 2TB desktop drives). Though I'd expect the later to drop in price.