04 WD releases 7mm thickness 500GB Scorpio Blue HDD

A new 2.5-inch HDD that is of particular appeal to the Ultrabook segment has been outed by WD today under its Scorpio family of mechanical drives. The company has released a new Scorpio Blue model that comes in capacities of up to 500GB while being just 7mm thick.

A new 2.5-inch HDD that is of particular appeal to the Ultrabook segment has been outed by WD today under its Scorpio family of mechanical drives. The company has released a new Scorpio Blue model that comes in capacities of up to 500GB while being just 7mm thick.

05 WD releases 7mm thickness 500GB Scorpio Blue HDD

The internals of the new drive are said to make the drive lower on power consumption with claim that it is "the most efficient" spinner on the market at this time. Thanks to being able to squeeze 500GB onto a single platter, this has not only allowed WD to slim down the drives thickness to just 7mm, but in turn also helps reduce noise output.

Supposedly the drive is also capable of withstanding up to 400Gs in terms of shock resistance, but that's a spec you probably don't want to test for yourself.

WD is primarily positioning the drive at the ultrabook market segment for those who prefer higher capacity vs. speed (as well as being inevitably cheaper), WD has also chosen to make the drive available as an aftermarket part to the masses as well.

At this point there are two capacities on offer in the new Scorpio Blue 7mm range, 320GB and 500GB which are priced at US $80 and US $100 respectively. Shipping is expected to commence as of today.