For those using laptop computers for creative work, gaming, and other high storage capacity functions, Western Digital has a fix that the company boasts will bump up a notebook’s speed, storage, power, and damage prevention. On Wednesday, Western Digital announced that the latest hard drive in its Black series is ready and shipping. The WD Scorpio Black is a 2.5-inch SATA hard drive that the company boasts will improve a notebook's performance so dramatically, it will be competitive with desktop computers. Available in 160, 250, 320, 500 and 720GB capacities with a 7200 rpm spin speed and 16MB cache, Western Digital claims the Scorpio Black is one of the fastest drives on the market.
WD’s drive uses Advanced Format technology (which is optimized for Mac and the latest Windows operating systems) to make for a more efficient media format, which in turn allows for greater drive capacities and increased memory storage density. Other notable features include the Scorpio Black’s free fall detection (which aids in preventing shock damage and data loss) and multiple platform compatibility (ensuring that the WD drive will work in hundreds of systems on multiple platforms).
If the new Scorpio Black is really as performance-enhancing as Western Digital claims it is, then the measly $149 cost for the 750GB drive is a real steal.