Western Digital is shipping its first 5 mm, 2.5-inch hard drive
Though SSDs are steamrolling their way into the market, HDDs appear to be adapting and advancing as if unwilling to give up without a fight. To that end, Western Digital (WD) has announced its first ever 5mm, 2.5-inch hard drive for ultra-mobile devices.
The freshly dubbed UltraSlim goes by the rather long WD5000MPCK moniker and is part of the WD Blue series. Its 500 GB capacity has a conventional rotational speed of 5400 RPM, but a speedy SATA 6 Gb/s interface. The new HDD is currently shipping to OEMs for $89.00 USD and is covered by a two-year limited warranty.
According to the Irvine-based company, its engineers ‘took a clean-sheet approach with 5 mm’. The fruits of WD’s labor are a device that is 47 percent thinner and 36 percent lighter than standard mobile hard drives. The rather svelte WD5000MPCK measures 100.3 x 69.8 x 5 millimeters (3.95 x 2.75 x 0.20 inches) and weighs in at 74 grams (0.16 pounds).
The WD Blue ultra-slim HDD is said to have seeking algorithms and advanced power management features which aim to prolong battery life. Western Digital also claims its noise reduction efforts ‘yield one of the quietest 2.5-inch hard drives on the market’. Additionally the drive contains NoTouch Ramp Load technology, which essentially means the recording head does not come in contact with the disk’s platters.