Western Digital announces 9.5 mm 1 TB Scorpio Blue hard drive

Western Digital has announced earlier today that it has commenced shipments of its updated Scorpio Blue hard drives, their mainstream 2.5" notebook hard drives. The new drive, WD10JPVT, will replace the current 1 TB Scorpio Blue, WD10TPVT, whose thickness comes at 12.5 millimetres. Western Digital now joins its rival Samsung in offering a "slim" 1 terabyte drive for notebook-using consumers.

Rocking 1 terabyte of storage in your laptop has been possible for quite some time now. That is, unless your laptop's hard drive bay (or enclosure) was limited in space to fit a traditional 9.5 mm hard drive. Previously, the move to 1 TB meant that a slight increase to the hard drive's dimensions was needed to accommodate additional hard drive platters.

The Scorpio Blue drive spins at 5400 RPM and features whisper-quiet operation, shock resistance, and low power consumption. Like its desktop hard drives of similar capacity, the drive features WD's Advanced Format technology, or the use of 4 kilobyte sectors.

The new drive carries a MSRP of $139 USD. Further product information may be found here.

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