WD introduces world’s slimmest 1TB hard drive

Mobile hard drives are slimming down to fit into the next generation of notebooks. We’ve already seen WD introduce several 500GB models that are just 5 mm thick. Now, the company has announced a 7-mm design with a terabyte of storage.

The extra two millimeters of z-height allow WD to squeeze in an extra platter, doubling the capacity of its UltraSlim drives. This new Slim model is the first 7-mm drive to deliver 1TB of storage, WD says. Competing solutions are limited to 500GB.

As a member of the WD Blue family, the Slim 1TB spins its platters at a sedate 5,400 RPM. You’ll want to pair the drive with a caching SSD for optimal performance. The drive doesn’t skimp elsewhere, though. It features WD’s dual-stage actuator tech, a StableTrac motor that anchors the spindle at both ends, and a handful of other enhancements designed to improve reliability and shock tolerance.

WD expects the Slim 1TB to see action in skinny notebooks and all-in-one PCs. The drive is shipping now and should pop up at online retailers for $139. Too bad the warranty runs out after only two years.

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    • Deanjo
    • 10 years ago

    You can easily find them on newegg, ncix, etc and that drive was introduced after the WD buy out. Still is current stock as well.

    • BIF
    • 10 years ago

    Well I checked, and here’s what I found:

    The “mobile retail kits” link gives no real useful results on how to buy. The retailers page shows a bunch of company names, of which I checked a few. No way to buy this that I can find.

    And the Travelstar is mostly discontinued now and is only “available” at what I call “tier 6” retailers on Amazon; outfits I’ve never heard of before.

    Does anybody have any more reliable information on 1 GB+ drives for laptops? I need an internal one and an external one for an Asus G73, 7200 RPM, SATA, 32 MB cache (or better).

    The Internal one should be SATA II or III and the external one should have an enclosure that is USB 3.0 ready.

    • BIF
    • 10 years ago

    [quote<]If you're using the HDD for large file storage and an SSD for OS/applications, the slow rotational speed won't be much of an issue. [/quote<] Except when it is an issue, such as for a mobile DAW. Can we please just get a couple big fast drives? Waitaminute, what did Deanjo just write? </frown>

    • albundy
    • 10 years ago

    i’d rather get their 2TB 15mm drive, as long as it fits.

    • Deanjo
    • 10 years ago

    Not true. Hitachi has a 7200 RPM 2.5 drive and they are pretty quick.

    [url<]http://www.hgst.com/mobile-retail-kits[/url<] [url<]http://www.hgst.com/travelstar-7k1000[/url<]

    • Voldenuit
    • 10 years ago

    If you’re using the HDD for large file storage and an SSD for OS/applications, the slow rotational speed won’t be much of an issue. The areal density on those 500 GB 2.5″ platters is going to be very high, so sequential transfer speeds should still be decent.

    • Star Brood
    • 10 years ago

    All 1TB 2.5″ drives I’ve seen spin at 5400RPM.

    • CampinCarl
    • 10 years ago

    Hmm. I don’t like that they are using the same names for Desktop and Laptop lineups, but mixing their specs. Desktop Blue drives are 7,200RPM affairs. I was really excited for this drive, but the slow spindle speed is unattractive.

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