When it comes to storage and backup drives, Western Digital would be a name that many people are familiar with, although some might have run into unpleasant experiences in the past where their backup hard drive just died even before making it past the 1 year mark, which is rather unfortunate. Still, we are not here to start an Aunt Agony channel for failed hard drives, but rather, talk about Western Digital’s latest solid state hybrid drives and hard drives that rely on a single edge connector to save space, and hence, reducing its thickness to a mere 5mm thick.
You can say that the all new WD Blue and WD Black 2.5-inch drives were specially manufactured with notebooks and Ultrabooks in mind, where being a mere 5mm thick, it would translate to sleeker notebook and Ultrabook designs down the road. The thing is, will the other components and parts of a notebook or Ultrabook be able to achieve such levels of miniaturization? This slimmer design is touted to lower weight by up to 36% compared to the traditional model, not to mention boasting of reduced noise during operations. The 500GB WD Blue 5mm will retail for $89 a pop, while versions of the WD Black 5mm SSHD are said to ship to PC manufacturers, leaving us in the dark concerning its capacity and costs.