Western Digital has launched what it claims is the first SSD and HDD dual drive that pairs a 120GB solid state drive (SSD) with a 1TB hard disk in a standard 2.5in form factor.
Unlike so-called hybrid drives that use an SSD to effectively cache the hard drive, the WD Black 2 is two separate drives and is instead aimed at upgrading laptops, small form factor desktops and other systems, where only a single 2.5in drive bay may be available.
Available now via Western Digital's WD online store and outlets such as Amazon, the dual drive is being offered in response to customer demand, according to Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of WD's Storage Technology business unit.
"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 Black 2 dual drives empower our customers to enjoy SSD performance and access high-capacity storage in a no-compromise package," he said.
Western Digital announced its line of ultra-slim hybrid drives last year.
The WD Black 2 is free of caching algorithms and features a 6Gbps SATA interface using a legacy SATA connector, making it compatible with older PC hardware and operating systems ranging from Windows XP to Windows 8.1. Both the 120GB SSD and 1TB HDD are packaged into a standard 9.5mm-high form factor.
WD Black 2 dual drives are covered by a five-year limited warranty with a suggested price of is £249.99.
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