Just as Seagate announced that they’d started shipping their own version of the super-thin, 5mm hard drive, Western Digital upped the ante by upping the storage space. A new member of WD’s mainstream Blue lineup, the new drive packs a whopping 1TB into a drive just 7mm thick.
If you remember the super-thin 5mm hard drive that was recently officially introduced, you’ll know that it achieved that form factor by using a single platter packed with 500GB. This new model likely uses two of those same 500GB platters to achieve its 1TB label; like the thinner drive, it spins at 5400RPM.
Western Digital has already started shipping the drive to OEMs, with particular interest being paid by both Acer and ASUS. Even Intel tossed its hat in the ring, suggesting that Ultrabook buyers won’t necessarily have to sacrifice storage space for a thin form factor (note: as part of the Ultrabook guidelines, a laptop that ships with a regular hard drive will still need some amount of flash storage in order to qualify for the term).
All-in-one makers will also be likely to pick the hard drive up, as large storage pools are one of the draws to buying a desktop PC.
While the 500GB, 5mm drive (WD5000MPCK) comes in around $89, this new 1TB, 7mm model (WD10SPCXX) will ship for $139. It comes with a two-year limited warranty, and is available now.