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Western Digital Ships 250GB Scorpio 2.5"...

 
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2007 1:20 pm    Post subject: Western Digital Ships 250GB Scorpio 2.5"... Reply with quote

Western Digital Ships 250GB Scorpio 2.5" SATA Hard Drive
Monday, May 21, 2007
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Western Digital today began shipping its 250GB WD Scorpio WD2500BEVS 2.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive. According to the company, the new drive employs perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology to achieve the highest capacity available in a small form factor drive and has WD proprietary features that make the drive quiet, use less power and run at cool operating temperatures. The best news may be that the drive spins at 5400 RPM. The new WD Scorpio drive further expands the company's breadth of 2.5-inch mobile hard drive offerings to capacity points ranging from 40GB up to 250GB. The 250GB WD Scorpio WD2500BEVS drive has a suggested retail price of $199.



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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2007 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's rather impressive for anyone who needs a high capacity 2.5" drive. The Scorpios are highly rated for quietness and low power consumption, though they might not be the fastest drives on the block.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2007 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the 160GB Scorpio and it's just about as quiet as the stock 80GB Seagate that came with my mini. I was skeptical about going with WD after having some bad experiences in the past, but it has worked out well. I picked mine up for just over $100 a few months ago. It can be had for like $90 now. I'm amazed with how fast these higher capacity 2.5" drives are falling in price now. I wouldn't be surprised to see this 250GB model selling for under $150 by the fall.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2007 4:35 pm    Post subject: waiting for cheap 300GB Reply with quote

If the Mac mini's get updated to C2D and I get enough money I'll get one then buy a 300GB when they get cheap if they come out anytime soon.
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2007 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't been looking at drives much lately. Does Seagate have a comparable model out yet? If so, what's it going for?
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 4:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seagate's highest capacity 2.5" drives are 160 gb; both 5400 and 7200 rpm.
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If this drive was a little faster I'd be all over it.
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fox wrote:
Seagate's highest capacity 2.5" drives are 160 gb; both 5400 and 7200 rpm.


I thought so. I just haven't looked for a while. I might consider upgrading when they go 7200 RPM like TonyMontana. My 120GB internal and 1.8TB worth of externals should do until then.
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hitachi now makes a 200 gb 7200 rpm notebook drive. Their products are supposed to be among the fastest, though not as quiet or cool-running as other brands.
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I meant there is a Samsung Spinpoint 200 GB as well, that brand is famous for low noise drives...
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