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Western Digital Scorpio Blue 7mm Drive Review

Western Digital has announced it is shipping the WD Scorpio Blue 7 mm hard drive, which features the lowest power consumption on the market today.

Specified to a best-in-class in 400Gs shock tolerance, the new single-platter WD Scorpio Blue small form factor hard drives are available in 500 GB and 320 GB capacities and the drives’ compatibility with industry-standard 9.5 mm slots make them ideal storage options for mainstream notebooks as well as slimmer notebook and Ultrabook devices that require a 7 mm drive height. 

Features of the new WD Scorpio Blue 7 mm hard drives include:
  • Low power consumption - Advanced power management features and algorithms optimise the way the drive seeks data, which significantly improves power consumption.
  • Shock Tolerance – WD’s ShockGuard technology, now increased to a best-in-market 400Gs shock specification, protects the drive mechanics and platter surfaces from shocks.
  • Cool and quiet - In a notebook drive, silence is golden. WD’s exclusive WhisperDrive technology enables quiet performance.
  • Reliable – WD’s SecurePark parks the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down, and when the drive is off. This ensures the recording head never touches the disk surface resulting in improved long term reliability due to less head wear, and improved non-operational shock tolerance.
  • Compatibility Tested - WD performs tests on hundreds of systems and a multitude of platforms in its FIT Lab and Mobile Compatibility Lab to give customers confidence that drives will work in specific systems.

The WD Scorpio Blue 7mm / 2.5-inch mobile hard drives are covered by a two-year limited warranty. MSRP for the 500 GB, model #WD5000LPVT is $99.99 USD and the 320 GB, model #WD3200LPVT is $79.99 USD. 

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