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25 Nov 2013   #1

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Western digital releases a new kind of dual hard drive.

Finally you can set up your laptop's storage the way you do your desktop, thanks to the Black 2 Dual Drive that WD unveiled today.

On a desktop, the best way to have both great performance and large data storage capacity is to use a small solid-state drive (SSD) as the main drive that hosts the operating system, and a regular hard drive (HDD) as a secondary drive for data. You generally haven't been able to do this on a laptop due to space constraints.

The WD Black 2 Dual Drive is the first of its type to have two internal drives -- a 128 SSD and a 1TB HDD -- inside one single 2.5-inch, 9mm-thick standard laptop drive. This means on the outside it still looks just like a regular laptop hard drive and will fit anyplace a regular hard drive of its standard is used. For the first time, with just one physical drive, you can have two physical volumes for your computer.

WD Black 2 Dual Drive - Laptop Hard Drives - CNET Reviews

More Technical info on it found here:

http://content.webcollage.net/apps/c...true&showtabs=

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25 Nov 2013   #2

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

This would have been perfect for my notebook since it can have only one drive. Of course, I saw this AFTER I just pulled the trigger on a 500GB Sammy 840 EVO late last week (haven't even gotten it yet). Even worse, NewEgg has it on sale for the same sale price I paid for the Sammy. I'll keep the Sammy, however, even though the WD has a better warranty (five years vs. the EVO's three). The Sammy has a good track record behind it—the WD dual drive is too new to know how well it will do—and 500GB is plenty big for my notebook. I'm using only half of my 500GB spinner and don't anticipate increasing that by much since I use the notebook only on trips and keep a minimal amount of data on it, mostly just my books and music.
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25 Nov 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

Sorry lady
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25 Nov 2013   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
Sorry lady
LOL! I'm not. As I said, I don't need 1TB; the 500GB SSD is big enough, has better performance, costs the same, and has a proven track record. It was just annoying to discover this technology after holding out for something like it so long then finally caving and buying the SSD (catching the SSD on sale was also a factor). Now, if WD had come out with a 500 GB version and cut the price to a couple of hundred shekels...
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25 Nov 2013   #5
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Good deal - but not cheap. A 500GB SSD costs about the same.
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25 Nov 2013   #6

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That is huge! What a great idea. This will help a lot of folks who want better performance and more storage but are not ready for a new (and more expensive) dual drive laptop.
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25 Nov 2013   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
That is huge! What a great idea. This will help a lot of folks who want better performance and more storage but are not ready for a new (and more expensive) dual drive laptop.
Prexactly. You get it. I'm surprised by the number of people who don't, especially on a couple of other forums.
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26 Nov 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. (On both machines)
 
 

Thanks for that Andrew, just what I will be looking for to upgrade my wife's HP lappy.
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26 Nov 2013   #9

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there.

Could be a good idea - at least for Laptops or even tablets -- provided you could get one of these into a tablet. However in general specific devices (single purpose ones) are usually better than Combo things -- when a component of the combo breaks then usually the whole thing becomes useless.

However it's rare that I need 1TB on a laptop -- I usually use either external / network or cloud devices for my data and the 250GB SSD in the laptop is fine for the OS and the amount of data I'm carrying on the road - plus a few USB sticks - those don't take any space in a bag at all.

Whether the SSD in the WD device measures up to either the INTEL or SAMSUNG latest models is also questionable too -- WD devices while cheap and functionable (for example the cheap self powered tiny USB3 passport 2 TB drives) they aren't stellar performers in any way whatsoever.

Cheers
jimbo
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26 Nov 2013   #10

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bertison View Post
Thanks for that Andrew, just what I will be looking for to upgrade my wife's HP lappy.
If your wife doesn't need 1TB of storage, you can get a better 500GB full SSD (Samsung 840 EVO) for not much more. The new WD may be the best thing since indoor plumbing but I get nervous about new products, preferring to let others be the guinea pigs.
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