Western Digital today announced the availability of its Scorpio Blue 500GB
hard drive. According to the company, the new 2.5-inch SATA hard drive delivers high-performance with a 3 Gb/s transfer rate, while including proprietary features that make it extraordinarily quiet and perfect for notebook computers and portable storage devices.
Other big names such as Hitachi
have long-announced their own 500GB offerings, but Samsung is the first to offer a drive sporting both a standard thickness of 9.5mm – meaning a drop-in upgrade will be possible for most laptop users – and a two-platter design. Using 250 GB-per-platter technology will not only help WD lower manufacturing costs, but is also a step forward towards even higher capacity notebook drives.
The WD Scorpio Blue 500GB hard drive operates at 5,400rpm and is now shipping through retailers for $219.99, while a 400GB version is available for $189.99.