Notebook computers are becoming very popular as they are conveniently offer portability and performance. Many users have even replaced their desktops with their favorite mobile computer for their everyday tasks. This everywhere and anywhere computing concept requires reliable and fast storage options, which should be offering everything a desktop solution offers. Western Digital released the "Black Scorpio" series of 2.5" hard disk drives promising to offer desktop=class performance for notebooks.
The disks offer 7200 RPM spin
speed, 16 MB cache, and capacities up to 320 GB. With technologies like IntelliSeek, which calculates
optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption and SecurePark, which reduces
power by parking the heads during low power idle mode, these drives deliver 5400 RPM equivalent
power consumption in a 7200 RPM drive.
WD’s exclusive WhisperDrive is also features and combines
advanced seeking algorithms to yield one of the quietest 2.5-inch hard drives on
WD's ShockGuard technology protects the drive mechanics
and platter surfaces from shocks during shipping and handling and in daily operation.
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.
As an added layer of protection, if the drive (or the system it’s in) is
dropped while in use, WD’s free-fall sensor detects that the drive is falling and, in less
than 200 milliseconds, parks the head to help prevent damage and data loss. (Available on WDxxxxBJKT models only.)
Today we are testing the WD Black Scorpio 320GB (WD3200BEKT) that offers a capacity of 320GB using two platters.