Western Digital today announced it is now shipping its 250 GB WD Scorpio 2.5-inch SATA hard drives. The drives employ perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology to achieve the highest capacity 2.5-inch drive to date.
The new WD Scorpio drives will have capacities ranging from 40GB to 250GB and spin at 5400 RPM. The 250GB notebook drive will retail for $199.
“The 2.5-inch market continues to be a major focus for WD, and this 250 GB WD Scorpio drive represents our second-generation PMR platform,” said Jim Morris, WD’s vice president and general manager of notebook storage. “The WD Scorpio 250 GB hard drive is a direct result of the significant investments WD has made in proprietary head technologies as well as significant system level feature innovation.”
According to market research firm, IDC, adoption of PMR technology in mobile 2.5-inch hard drives will sustain an increase in the average capacity shipped close to the average growth rate of 32 percent for the past five years.
The 250GB capacity is equivalent to 100 hours of DVD-quality video or more than 4,000 hours of music in mp3 format.