WD ships two-platter 750GB mobile hard drive


— 10:37 AM on March 30, 2010

Last September, Western Digital announced that it had begun shipping the world's highest-capacity 2.5" mobile hard drive with a standard 9.5-mm thickness: the 640GB Scorpio Blue. Almost seven months later, WD has now repeated that same claim, this time in reference to its new 750GB Scorpio Blue.

The WD Scorpio Blue 750GB (a.k.a. WD7500BPVT) achieves its capacity using just two platters, each capable of packing up to 375GB of data. That works out to an extra 55GB per platter over the 320GB disks that make up the 640GB Scorpio Blue. Platter density aside, the new drive has a 5,400-RPM spindle speed, 300MB/s Serial ATA interface, 8MB cache, and 5.5-ms average seek time—nothing too out of the ordinary there.

According to WD, the 750GB Scorpio Blue should become available today from major online retailers. You can expect to shell out $149 for it, assuming vendors stick to the official suggested retail price. Warranty coverage, as for all Scorpio Blue drives, totals three years.

   
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