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Hard-Drive Roundup June 2010

Hard-Drive Roundup June 2010

Hard-Drive Roundup

Western Digital Scorpio Black 320GB

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The Western Digital Scorpio Black is the final drive in this roundup and is a true 2.5” mechanical model which is designed for laptops and to a certain extent, HTPCs.

On the surface this drive is like many other 2.5” models with its compact shape and metal top which features a large sticker listing the manufacture date amongst other things. At the end of the drive are SATA 2 data and power connectors and the standard benefits of notebook drives apply such as lower power and noise levels.

Speaking of power and noise levels, the Scorpio Black is built to excel, even when compared to other notebook models thanks to IntelliSeek which calculates the optimal seek speed to lower power consumption and SecurePark which parks the drive heads during low power mode. The result being a 7200RPM drive which has power consumption levels close to a 5400rpm model. Then WhisperDrive uses state of the art seeking algorithms to reduce noise levels to the minimum.

WD also include a free-fall sensor which detects when the system is dropped while in use then parks the head within 200 milliseconds to protect it from damage and data loss.

In terms of performance specifications we have a 16MB cache on this model which has a latency of 5.50ms and read seek of 12.0ms. With a weight of 99g this is a very light model consuming 2.5w when in use. Formatted capacity in Windows 7 is reported as 298GB and WD set the warranty at 3-years.

Finally, the Scorpio Black like the VelociRaptor is a drive which is included in Western Digital’s Loyalty Program that allows consumers to upgrade to a higher capacity model at a discounted price (USA/Canada Only).

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