In this fierce competition, a smarter storage solution would mean featuring high storage in the smallest possible form-factor. Western Digital has laid the ground for thin notebooks as well as ultrabooks by introducing its 7 mm WD Blue, which is deemed as the world’s thinnest hard drive featuring 1 TB storage capacity. The announcement was made at Computex and this drive is currently being shipped to OEM’s, integrators, and consumers.
With 7mm depth and 2.5” form-factor, WD Blue could easily fit in any thin and light system notebook and is also appropriate for use in industry-standard 9.5 mm-high drive slots of mainstream notebooks. This slimmest 1 TB hard disk drive offers a spindle speed of 5400 RPM, 16 MB cache, and is equipped with a 6Gb/s SATA Interface. The company claims an average latency of 5.5 ms and a peak power consumption of 1.7 W.
With this drive, you do not have to compromise any of WD’s patented technologies that are aimed at improving hard drive performance and reliability, such as ShockGuard, WhisperDrive, StableTrack and Dual Stage Actuators. StableTrack helps to minimize the vibration of disk during usage, while the electromagnetic and piezo actuators bring in a more precise movement.
This release is there at the right time to support the storage needs of both desktop and notebook users and allow them experience the best computing experience. The performance is expected to reach peak levels with the advent of Intel’s fourth-generation core processor family (code-named Haswell). With this rise in performance, there would be a need for greater storage capabilities. The WD Blue 7mm hard drive is the best bet to get your hands on at this time.
The drive is being shipped with the help of distributers and resellers. Its 1TB model (WD10SPCXX) has a two year warranty and a price tag of $139.