WD delivers ‘world’s thinnest’ 1TB hard drive

New 7mm 2.5-inch HDD offers capacity option for thin and light mobile devices

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WD delivers ‘world’s thinnest’ 1TB hard drive The new 2.5-inch WD Blue 7mm hard drive.
By  Stephen McBride Published  June 14, 2013

Western Digital storage affiliate WD this week announced it is shipping "the world's thinnest 1TB hard drive": its new 2.5-inch WD Blue 7mm hard drive.

The new offering is intended to give OEMs, channel integrators and consumers a fresh storage solution for thin and light systems, as well as compatibility with the industry-standard 9.5 mm drive slots of mainstream notebooks. The Blue hard drive family, in capacities from 320GB to 1TB in the 7mm height, now represents a singular option for thin design and high-capacity storage.

"Users with large portfolios of content no longer need to sacrifice capacity when buying an 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 up-sell 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 7mm 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."

Features of the WD Blue 7mm hard drive range include shock tolerance; cool and quiet operation through WD's WhisperDrive technology;         and enhanced accuracy in tracking during read-write ops with StableTrac, a system where the motor shaft is secured at both ends to compensate for system-induced vibration.

The new 1TB Blue 7mm 2.5-inch mobile drive is covered by a two-year limited warranty and is available now through select retailers for $139.00.

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