Western Digital announced that an exciting new model in their Scorpio series of 2.5" hard drives was being launched back in October 2007 (press release link). Not only was this new release taking 2.5" drives to a new high in capacity (320GB), it was also taking the impressive performance of previous Scorpio drives and adding SATA 3Gbps transfer rates.
The 250GB version of the Western Digital Scorpio was reviewed at Bigbruin.com in September 2007, and it made a very positive impression. With an even higher capacity and faster transfer rates, it seems that the newer version would be destined for even greater accolades. Before checking out the performance of the Scorpio 320GB 2.5" SATA Hard Drive provided for review, let's take a look at some of the published data as taken from the Western Digital website.
Massive capacity - Whether they are in an external drive or a notebook computer, WD’s 320 GB 2.5-inch drives offer the most available capacity for space-hungry operating systems like Windows Vista™, plus plenty of room left over for photos, music, and video.
Fast and Efficient - With 5400 RPM spin speed and 12 ms access time, even the most demanding customer will appreciate the performance achieved by WD Scorpio drives.
Quiet - In a notebook drive, silence is golden. WD’s exclusive WhisperDrive™ combines state-of-the-art seeking algorithms to yield one of the quietest 2.5-inch hard drives on the market. These algorithms also optimize the way a drive seeks for data, which significantly improves power consumption. So now silence (and longer battery life) is golden.
Reliable and Rugged - WD's ShockGuard™ technology protects the drive mechanics and platter surfaces from shocks. 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.
Tested for Compatibility - We perform tests on hundreds of systems and a multitude of platforms in our FIT Lab and Mobile Compatibility Lab to give our customers confidence that our drives will work in their systems.
Ideal For - Portable digital devices of all kinds, including notebook computers, external storage, and digital media players.
What it Holds -
» Up to 91,000 digital photos
» Up to 80,000 songs (MP3)
» Up to 8,000 songs (uncompressed CD quality)
» Up to 24 hours of Digital Video (DV)
» Up to 100 hours of DVD quality video
» Up to 38 hours of HD video