Western Digital’s New Black^2 Dual Drive Packs SSD and HDD into Single Drive

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WD’s newest drive, the Black2 Dual Drive, packs in a 120GB WD SSD and 1TB single-platter hard drive into one 2.5-inch drive. At 9.5mm high, the drive should fit into all but the thinnest of new notebooks and Ultrabooks.

Western Digital Black^2 Dual DriveUnlike Solid State Hybrid Drives, or SSHDs, the 120GB SSD is fully user accessible so that customers can store whatever they wish on the drive – you’re not forced to rely on potentially unpredictable caching algorithms that change cache constantly since SSHDs tend to have only 8GB or so of built-in flash storage.

The new drives are only compatible with Windows, but work with all modern versions, including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. The 1TB portion of the drive is hidden until both the drive (which appears as a 120GB SSD) and WD’s software is installed, after which it shows up as a normal second partition.

The 120GB / 1TB combo is the only model in the new lineup, though WD didn’t rule out the possibility for other combinations down the road.

Available today both in retail and online at WD’s shop, the Black2 Dual Drive carries an MSRP of $299.99. Be sure to check out our full review!

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