Western Digital Corp. on Monday announced the release of the WD Black2 dual drive, a unique storage device that fuses a 2.5” 120 GB solid state drive (SSD) with a 1TB hard disk drive (HDD) to offer a powerful dual drive solution. The WD Black2 dual drive connects through a single cable and fits into a conventional 9.5mm slot.
“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. 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," said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of WD’s storage technology business unit.
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. Utilizing 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.
The WD Black2 is based on latest single-platter 1TB hard disk drive as well as a solid-state drive based on 20nm MLC NAND flash memory. WD claims that the SSD provides up to 350MB/s read and up to 140MB/s write speed, not leading-edge performance level by today’s SSD standards, but much faster than most hard disk drives.
WD Black2 is free of caching algorithms and benefits from Serial ATA-6Gb/second interface speed. It is packaged in a standard 9.5mm, 2.5” form-factor with legacy SATA connector, making the WD Black2 dual drive compatible with most modern PCs. The drive supports operating systems ranging from Windows XP to Windows 8.1, but does not support Apple Mac OS or Linux.
Available at wdstore.com and through etailers such as Newegg.com, WD Black2 dual drives are covered by a five-year limited warranty. MSRP for the 2.5” 120 GB SSD + 1TB HDD WD Black2 dual drive is $299.00 USD.