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05-21-2007, 08:22 AM
Western Digital bumps 2.5" Scorpio to 250GB
May 21, 2007

Western Digital is announcing a new addition

Scorpio 2.5" WD2500BEVS 250GB 2nd-generation perpendicular recording technology packs 125GB onto each drive platter.

WD2500BEVS 5,400RPM
8MB cache
Serial ATA interface
$199

new features:

IntelliSeek, a just-in-time actuator movement

This optimization can allow the drive head to move more slowly, reducing power consumption, noise, and vibration.
Western Digital is adamant that IntelliSeek doesn't actually impede performance.

ShockGuard includes actuator tweaks, firmware enhancements, and an increased slider gap that allows the heads to move completely off the disk, all of which improve non-operating shock tolerance.

Shock tolerance is particularly important to the Scorpio's target market of notebooks, as it is in another area where Western Digital is seeing increasing demand: external 2.5" enclosures for users whose portable storage needs outpace the capacity available from USB flash drives.