At Computex 2013, Western Digital announced that it has began shipping its new 7mm thick WD Blue drive, which is also the world’s thinnest 1TB drive. With the addition of this new 1TB drive, the WD Blue family now has capacities ranging from 320GB to 1TB.
Western Digital expects their new drive to go into the latest ultrathin notebooks. With this new drive, S.Y. Shian, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Notebook Business at ASUS said, “WD has eliminated the capacity limits heretofore endured by thin and light personal computers while keeping the reliability and data-protection of a traditional hard drive.”
The drive is also compatible with existing 9.5mm mounting slots of mainstream notebooks, which will make it easy for OEM partners to implement, and consumers to upgrade.
The new 1TB WD Blue also features many of Western Digital’s existing technologies such as Shockguard, which protects the drive from sudden jolts and shocks; and StableTrac, which uses a motor shaft that is secured at both ends to reduce system-induced vibrations.
The new drives have been endorsed by both Acer and ASUS, so expect to see it feature in their new ultrathin notebooks in time to come.