Western Digital Unveils New Hard Disk and SSD Products


Western, a leader in storage technology, has released a collection of new products, including: 

– the world’s first 2.5 inch, 5 mm hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state hybrid drives (SSHD);

– WD XE 2.5-inch hard disk drives with adaptors to fit 3.5-inch legacy equipment

– My Passport Ultra portable hard disk drives

Let’s take a look at these new developments and what they mean for consumer and professional users. 

WD Blue 5 mm Ultra Slim Drives
The WD Blue 5 mm ultra slim hard disk drives (…) and solid state hybrid drives (SSHD) are designed to be integrated into even the slimmest notebook computers. Only 5 mm high, nearly half the size of conventional 9.5 mm drives, and with 500 GB storage capacity and a smaller form factor edge connector, which interfaces with the host I/O bus via SATA, the drive offers integrators more flexibility. 

To protect the smaller drive from stress and shock damage, Western Digital made several innovations in the HDD and SSHD designs. The uniquely designed edge card technology maximizes mechanical sway space in the hard drive. The drive’s motor shaft is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibration and to stabilize platters. Finally, a dual stage actuator leads to a higher degree of accuracy during read/write operations. 

WD XE Hard Disk Drives
As more applications require ultra slim form factor hard drives, Western Digital has introduced its WD XE 2.5-inch, 10,000 RPM SAS hard drive (…) in a 3.5-inch WD performance adapter, enabling the hard disk drive to be installed in legacy systems. 

The new drive makes it easy for data centers to upgrade their 3.5-inch hard disk drives before they suffer system failure and prevent a data recovery emergency, while transitioning to lower power, higher performance ultra-slim format drives. 

My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Disk Drives

Western Digital’s My Passport Ultra line of portable hard drives feature a number of layers of data protection, to prevent against damage or theft, including: 

– hardware encryption

– password protection

– a protective pouch for transport

In the unlikely event something should happen to data stored on the drive, the hard disk drive includes built-in WD SmartWare Pro backup software with Dropbox integration to retrieve lost data quickly and easily from nearly any internet-enabled device. 

These features make the My Passport Ultra line of drives ideal for frequent business travelers or for use as a backup hard drive for a home PC or media server. The drive is available in a choice of sizes (500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB) and four different colors. 

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