Hard drives are not only increasing in terms of capacity, but they are also going slimmer and smaller. Western Digital recently announced a terabyte class 7mm hard drive, the WD Slim 1TB. Previously, WD introduced the WD Blue and WD Black 5mm drives. It’s also expected that a 1TB WD Black Slim version will also be available soon. The newly announced WD Slim drive will combat Seagate’s 5mm hard drives that comes with 500GB capacity.
Unlike with their bigger WD Blue brothers, the WD Slim 1TB has a speed of only 5,400 RPM, instead of 7,200 RPM. It’s not fast, and you might want to pair this drive with a cashing SSD for better performance. See more details from the official press release below.
WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company, today announced it is shipping the world’s thinnest 1 TB hard drive with its new 2.5-inch WD Blue™ 7 mm hard drive. Offering OEMs, channel integrators and consumers a unique storage solution for thin and light systems, slimmer notebooks, as well as compatibility with the industry-standard 9.5 mm drive slots of mainstream notebooks, the WD Blue hard drive family, in capacities from 320 GB to 1 TB in the 7 mm height, now provides a singular option of thin design and high capacity storage.
“Users with large portfolios of content no longer need to sacrifice capacity when buying and Ultrabook or upgrading to a thin and light notebook,” said Matt Rutledge, Vice President and General Manager for client storage products at WD. “This most compact 1TB hard drive to-date offers manufacturers of systems an upsell path for their customers who will now be able to choose systems offering both sleek design and high capacity.
“Intel is introducing its fourth-generation Intel Core processor family (codenamed Haswell) to deliver faster and more efficient performance to both desktop and notebook platforms, with significant gains benefitting portable systems” said Roger Bradford, Capabilities Marketing Manager at Intel. “The release of the WD Blue 7 mm hard drives offers a new level of storage capacity that further enriches the computing experience for users of Ultrabooks, All-in-Ones and other thin and light PCs.”
“With the release of WD’s 1 TB capacity in a 7 mm drive height, Acer customers now have the best of both options and no longer have to choose between the lightness of thin, sleekly designed systems or those with high capacity storage,” said Tiffany Huang, BG President, PC Global Operations at Acer Incorporated.
“As ASUS develops new super-slim solutions, reliable storage options such as the WD Blue 7 mm 1 TB hard drive provide us with an ideal capacity to offer our customers,” said S.Y. Shian, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of NB Business Unit at Asus. “WD has eliminated the capacity limits heretofore endured by thin and light personal computers while keeping the reliability and data-protection of a traditional hard drive.”
1TB WD Blue 7mm HDD Features
Shock Tolerance – WD’s ShockGuard™ technology protects the drive mechanics and platter surfaces from shocks.
Cool and quiet – WD’s exclusive WhisperDrive™ technology enables quiet performance.
StableTrac™ – The motor shaft is secured at both ends to compensate for system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking during read and write operations which enables consistently higher performance.
Dual Stage Actuators – Leveraged from enterprise-class drives, dual stage actuators utilize two actuators to improve positional accuracy over the data track(s). The primary actuator provides coarse displacement using conventional electromagnetic actuator principles. The secondary actuator uses piezoelectric motion to fine tune the head positioning to a higher degree of accuracy.
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.
WD Slim 1TB Price and Where to Buy
The new 1TB WD Blue 7mm 2.5-inch mobile drive is shipping now through select distributors and resellers. Currently it’s not listed on popular online stores like Amazon. But I’ll update this once it’s listed and available to order.
The 1TB WD Slim hard drive is covered by a 2-year limited warranty and has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $139 for the 1TB model (WD10SPCXX).