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Thread: Western Digital now shipping 500GB laptop drive: $220

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    Oct 2005

    Western Digital now shipping 500GB laptop drive: $220


    Company Expands Industry Leadership in Areal Density at 250 GB-Per-Platter For 2.5-inch Standard Form Factor Notebook Hard Drives

    LAKE FOREST today announced that it has commenced volume shipments and OEM qualifications of its WD Scorpio Blue 2.5-inch notebook hard drives with capacities up to 500 GB. Utilizing industry-leading 250 GB-per-platter technology, the new WD Scorpio(R) Blue(TM) 500 GB and 400 GB SATA hard drives are designed for notebook computers and portable storage devices.

    WD Scorpio Blue delivers high-performance with a 3 Gb/s transfer rate, while including proprietary features that make the drive extraordinarily quiet, while running at cool operating temperatures. The WD Scorpio Blue 500 GB is the highest capacity 2.5-inch, standard form-factor (9.5mm) hard drive shipping-to-date, and is developed for use in OEM notebook platforms that offer the highest storage capacities to the market.

    "WD continues to provide the mobile market with high-capacity storage everywhere consumers and business professionals travel," said Jim Morris, WD's vice president and general manager of notebook storage. "Notebook system manufacturers continue to improve performance, while adding data-hungry features. The WD Scorpio Blue 400 GB and 500 GB hard drives provide the capacity needed to maximize the latest features and functions available in today's notebook computers, while relying on WD's exceptional reliability."

    The new WD Scorpio Blue drives further expand the company's range of 2.5-inch, 5400 RPM, mobile hard drive offerings to capacity points up to 500 GB.

    WD Scorpio Blue Features
    WhisperDrive™ - WD's exclusive WhisperDrive technology combines state-of-the-art seeking algorithms to yield WD Scorpio Blue hard drives as one of the quietest 5400 RPM, 2.5-inch drives available.
    ShockGuard™ - Leading-edge ShockGuard technology combines firmware and hardware advancements to protect the drive mechanics and platter surface to meet the highest combined shock tolerance specifications required for mobile and notebook applications.
    IntelliSeek™ - Another unique WD Scorpio Blue 500 GB feature is its IntelliSeek technology, which calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration. For a demonstration on IntelliSeek, visit the WD Web site at

    Price and Availability
    WD Scorpio Blue 500 GB (model WD5000BEVT) and the 400 GB (model WD4000BEVT) hard drives are shipping now through select distributors and resellers. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the WD Scorpio Blue 500 GB is $219.99 USD and the 400 GB is $189.99 USD. WD Scorpio Blue hard drives are covered by a three-year limited warranty. More information about WD Scorpio Blue mobile hard drives may be found on the company's Web site at

    About WD
    WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company produces reliable, high-performance hard drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. WD applies its storage expertise to consumer products for external, portable and shared storage applications.

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    Sep 2005

    Western Digital Scorpio 500GB

    Western Digital says this weekend he has begun to deliver on its volume discs Blue Scorpio 2.5-inch 500 GB to laptops. This disc, which operates two 250 GB platters As a reminder, these models SATA-II measure 9mm thick, it is a standard format compatible with most laptops and operating a speed of 5400 rpm.

    Western Digital Scorpio 500GB

    Western Digital to take this opportunity to add that models of 400 GB are also being delivered. These discs employ technology "WhisperDrive" intended to reduce noise and "ShockGuard" who must protect these discs against the consequences of a shock. Finally, IntelliSeek should help reduce vibration and power consumption of the disc. The models 400 GB and 500 GB are announced to the average prices of 190 and 220 U.S. dollars.

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    Sep 2005
    Cool, just when I was going to change my Hard Drive or that of my PS3.

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