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Western Digital Releases 1TB 2.5-inch Laptop Hard Drive

Western Digital is the first storage company to release a 1TB hard disk drive that holds in a 2.5-inch form factor, making it ideal for tiny HTPC, servers, notebook and as portable hard disks (although LOSING one would freak you out).

This 1TB 2.5-inch model comes only 30 months after Hitachi launched the first 1TB desktop hard disk drive and Western Digital has managed to ship a 2TB desktop model since them - it currently still is the world's fattest hard drive.

The drive - which is available under the Scorpio brand - uses three 333GB platters and will also be available in a 750GB model. Unfortunately, its 12.5mm thickness will make it incompatible with many notebooks and netbooks.

Western Digital did not say whether it will be releasing 9.5mm models albeit with a lower capacity anytime soon. Both models have a 3Gbps SATA connectors, 8MB Buffer and spin at 5200rpm, just short of the industry standard 5400rpm.

Jim Morris, senior VP and GM of client systems at WD, stated that "The convergence of the growing mobile computing and digital media trends produces demand for desktop-like capacities in portable devices".

Simultaneously, Western Digital has packaged the drives and sold them as My Passport Essential SE models. The 750GB model costs £121 while the 1TB version will cost £177 - both of which are external.

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In comparison, Ebuyer sells the 500GB 2.5-inch Scorpio Blue hard disk drive for £64.88, a 71 percent premium over a 500GB desktop model which has a higher bill of material (because it is bigger). The devices also come with Western Digital's proprietary ShockGuard, SecurePark and WhisperDrive features.

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