Not to be outdone by Toshiba and its recently unveiled MK7559GSXP drive
, Western Digital today announced it has begun shipping
Scorpio Blue notebook hard drives in 750GB capacities. According to the company, this drive is the industry's highest capacity 2.5-inch hard disk drive to reach the market in the standard-height (9.5mm) notebook form factor, boasting a 375GB per-platter design for greater areal density and WD's Advanced Format technology.
This means the drive is a good 3mm flatter than most other large-capacity 2.5-inch notebook HDDs available. Besides offering plenty storage space in a tiny package, the new 750GB Scorpio Blue spins at 5400RPM and sports 8MB of cache, a 12ms seek time, and SATA 3Gb/s interface. The drive draws a maximum of 1.6 watts under heavy use, 0.65 watts when idle, and a minimum of 0.2 watts when a sleep or on standby.
Western Digital says the 750GB Scorpio Blue is available now through selected distributors and resellers for a suggested price of $149. A 1TB version (WD10TPVT) is expected to ship in the coming months using a 12.5mm height form factor.