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Western Digital Release Worlds First SSD + HDD Combo Drive



/ 3 years ago

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Western Digital have just announced the release of their WD Black2 dual drive, a rather unique storage innovation that fuses the benefits of a 2.5″ 120 GB solid state drive (SSD) with a 1 TB mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) to offer a powerful dual drive solution. Not to be confused with a hybrid drive, this is literally two hard drives in one chassis. 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.

You no longer have to compromise on which kind of drive you want for builds with limited space!

“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. Utilising 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.

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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.

The drive is available at wdstore.co.uk and through most etailers. WD Black2 dual drives 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 £249.99.

Thank you WD for providing us with this information.


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  • Skidmarks

    It’s a really cool drive even with the JMicron controller and 5400 rpm WD Blue drive. It can only improve from here on out.

  • MarcP

    Only issue I have with this is the price. Really depends what it sells for because the MSRP is way too high IMO. You can get a 500Gb Samsung 840 SSD for less and if it came to weighing up between a 128Gb SS+1Tb HDD or a 500Gb SSD, I’d pick the latter unless I had a specific requirement for the extra space.

  • Branden Jew

    $400, no thanks.

  • Kurt Kuppens

    kind of new and costly and the hdd is only 5400 😛 ill wait till they put more out and the price goes down but it is a nice looking drive 😀