Scorpio Blue squeezes 1TB into 9.5-mm notebook drive

Western Digital has joined the ranks of hard drive makers offering 1TB of storage capacity in a standard notebook model. The first 2.5″ drives to pack a full terabyte did so with three platters and a 12.5-mm drive thickness that’s incompatible with most notebook drive bays. This latest Scorpio Blue uses two 500GB platters and slips into a 9.5-mm casing, so it should work in just about any laptop.

With a 5,400-RPM spindle speed, the new Scorpio is targeted at mainstream notebooks rather than high-performance portables. There’s only 8MB of cache on board, and the SATA interface tops at at 3Gbps—not that the drive can transfer data any faster. Three years of warranty coverage is standard for mainstream hard drives, and WD doesn’t disappoint on that front.

As one might expect, there’s a bit of a premium attached. WD says the Scorpio Blue 1TB will sell for $139, which is $50 more than the 750GB Blue. If you want something a little faster, the 7,200-RPM Scorpio Black line serves up 500GB and 750GB models for $70 and $110, respectively. Looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer for a terabyte Scorpio Black.

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    • NirXY
    • 8 years ago

    it’s funny you say it’s the first 9.5mm 1TB, as you yourself posted the article about the Samsung M8, 4 months ago..

    • egon
    • 8 years ago

    Feels like I’ve been waiting forever for these. Looking back at how long it’s taken seems to highlight a major slowdown in the pace of capacity increase for the 9.5mm height 2.5″ form factor.

    It took 10 months to increase capacity by 100% from 250GB to 500GB, 16 months to increase it 50% from 500GB to 750GB, and 23 months to move 33% from 750GB to 1TB. It’s just a quick comparison based on some quick googling, not taking into account the variable gaps between shipment announcements and retail availability:

    250GB 5/07 [url<][/url<] 500GB 3/08 [url<][/url<] 750GB 7/09 [url<][/url<] 1TB 6/11 [url<][/url<]

    • jstern
    • 8 years ago

    I hope that means the 4tb hard drives will be coming soon.

    • Goty
    • 8 years ago

    Still too thick to fit comfortably inside my X370. =(

    • Farting Bob
    • 8 years ago

    Impressively thin for 1TB. If you dont want to carry around an external drive, then these are really handy since laptops only have 1 drive, and a slim one at that.

      • Bauxite
      • 8 years ago

      mSATA slot, then you get the best of both worlds.

      smaller SSD for OS/programs, still plenty of room for files on a cheap platter drive.

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