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Western Digital WD Blue 7mm Hard Drive Ships

Western Digital says its new WD Blue 7mm hard drive can be used with today's slim laptops or in larger laptops with industry standard 9.5mm drive slots.

The 1TB WD Blue 7mm hard drive is covered by a two-year warranty and carries an MSRP of $139.
Robert Archer · June 24, 2013

Western Digital’s (WD) new WD Blue 7mm hard drive is engineered to help computer manufacturers and consumers slim down with the 1TB hard drive that measures 7mm tall.

WD claims this is the world’s thinnest hard drive, allowing manufacturers to develop computing solutions that are smaller and lighter than previous generations.

“With the release of WD’s 1 TB capacity in a 7mm hard drive height, Acer customers now have the best of both options and no longer have to choose between the lightness of think, sleekly designed systems or those with high capacity storage,” notes Tiffany Huang, BG president, PC global operations for Acer Incorporated.

The new hard drive offers the following technologies to ensure its performance and reliability:

  • Shock Tolerance: WD’s ShockGuard technology protects the drive mechanics and platter surfaces from shock.
  • Cool and Quiet: WD’s proprietary WhisperDrive technology helps the drive to run quietly)
  • Dual Stage Actuators: This comes from the company’s high-performance commercial industry products and the company says this technology utilizes two actuator to provide positional accuracy over data tracks.)
  • SecurePark:WD says this technology parks the recording heads off the disk surface to improve the drive’s long-term life.

The hard drives are backed with a two-year warranty, and the drives can be used in a variety of applications that includes normal size laptops’ 9.5-inch slots without any issues.


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