WD launches twin-platter 1TB monster
Scorpio big Blue
WD has announced it is shipping its Scorpio Blue 1TB capacity hard drive for notebooks. This Advanced Format spinning disk spins at 5,400rpm, has an 8MB cache and a 3Gbit/s SATA interface. WD claims it is the highest capacity 2.5-inch hard drive available for mainstream notebook use.
The company had already reached the 1TB capacity level with a notebook drive, but that WD10TPVT model used 3 platters and was 12.5mm thick, unlike the newer WFD10JPVT model, which is a slim 9.5mm in depth, so fitting in a standard notebook drive bay.
WD's 1TB, twin platter terror bite drive
Seagate has announced a 1TB, 2-platter, 2.5-inch drive inside its FreeAgent GoFlex, the STAA1000103, but this is an external desktop drive, not one ready for the harder, more stressful life of a notebook drive. We expect a 1TB, 2-platter Momentus, based on this, to hit the streets in the next few weeks or months.
Samsung has also announced a 1TB, 2-platter, 2.5-inch drive, the SpinPoint M8, and did so only last month. This is not shipping yet, so WD is able to claim it is shipping the highest-capacity drive in the sector.
Toshiba may also announce a similar drive soon.
WD's 2-platter, 1TB drive costs around £99.00. ®
5400 RPM drives tend to run a bit cooler and use a bit less power than 7200 RPM disks. In a mobile device that matters.
Why would you need 1Tb on a notebook anyway?
Some clown is going to robocopy most of the MoD onto it and then leave in a taxi, aren't they?
Pretty much my point
High densities coupled with large smart caches mean the moderate speed increase you get from spinning faster is becoming increasing irrelevant when balanced against the costs (heat, noise power, $s). I'm getting 140 MB/s from the first 200 GBs of my drive. Even with a 15000 Cheetah Seagate can only promise me 200 MB/s for a puny few hundred gigs at something like 20 times the price per unit capacity of the Baracuda. If I wanted to pay that sort of money I'd go for an SSD.