WD Black 2 offers both SSD, HDD storage in a small 2.5-inch package

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Hit two birds with one stone with Western Digital’s newest internal storage treat – the WD Black 2.

WD Black 2

This here’s the world’s first dual drive (HDD+SSD) combo.

Wait! World’s first? Aren’t there hybrid drives out already that feature both a HDD and SSD?

Yes, that’s true. Hybrid drives out now do feature both a HDD and SSD.

But unlike hybrid drives, the WD Black 2 sports a HDD and SSD you can both use as independent storage. So what you’re really getting here is two storage devices – an SSD and HDD – in one tight package perfect for laptops.

With hybrid drives, you can’t use the SSD partition.

Don’t expect this one to come cheap though. SRP of the 120GB SSD+1TB WD Black 2 is Php13,950.

At that price, you can already get yourself a 1TB HDD and 120GB SSD with change to spare. But then again, you’ll have the dilemma of where to store those two drives on your super-slim lappie.

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Read more about it in the press release below, which, by the way, also includes info on where you can pick one up today:

WD® DEBUTS WORLD’S FIRST SSD+HDD DUAL DRIVE

Innovative 2.5-inch Drive Pairs 120 GB SSD with 1 TB Hard Drive to Deliver Maximum Performance, Data Control in Ultimate Upgrade for Notebook, AIO, Single-Drive Bay Systems

MANILA, Philippines. – March 25, 2014 – WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and storage industry leader, today announced the release of the WD Black2™ dual drive, a unique storage innovation that fuses a 2.5-inch 120 GB solid state drive (SSD) with a 1 TB hard disk drive (HDD) to offer a powerful dual drive solution. Perfect for consumers and service providers looking to upgrade notebooks, small form factor desktops, and single-slot and all-in-one (AIO) systems with both SSD level performance and HDD capacity, the WD Black2 dual drive connects through a single cable and fits into a conventional 9.5 mm slot.

“Our customers told us they like our Solid State Hybrid Drive technology, but our tech savvy users asked for more control of where they store their data,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of WD’s Storage Technology business unit. “The WD Black2 dual drives empower our customers to enjoy SSD performance and access high capacity storage in a no-compromise package. The WD Black2 dual drive is a direct result of our interaction with our customer base through WD Labs initiatives. WD devised its beta labs program to provide an exclusive testing arena for key customers and technology influencers of existing and emerging WD storage products.”

Designed for enthusiasts, creative professionals, gamers and PC builders, the WD Black2 dual drive provides improved overall drive capacity, performance, and reliability, while offering the flexibility to choose how and where their data is stored. Utilizing the benefits of both flash and magnetic disks, WD Black2 dual drives offload data usage from the SSD to the HDD, which increases endurance and life of the SSD. Users maintain greater data control, which can eliminate the need and expense of cloud-based storage.

WD Black2 is free of caching algorithms and benefits from SATA 6 Gb/second interface speed. It is neatly packaged in a standard 9.5 mm, 2.5-inch form factor with legacy SATA connector, making the WD Black2 dual drive compatible with popular PC operating systems ranging from Windows XP to Windows 8.1.

Price and Availability

Available now at select retailers such as PC Hub (Gilmore Branch), Thinking Tools (PC Quick Buy SM), PC Express (Beyond PC Megamall) and Blinque (Davao Branch), WD Black2 dual drives are distributed by Ubertech, Inc. in the Philippines; and are covered by a five-year limited warranty. MSRP for the 2.5-inch 120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD WD Black2 dual drive, model #: WD1001X06XDTL, is PhP13,950. Additional information about WD Black2 dual drives and limited warranty terms may be found on the company website at http://products.wd.com/wdblack2.

 

 

 

 

 

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