Western Digital 250 GB WD Scorpio 2.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) HDD

Western Digital Corp. is now shipping its 250 GB WD Scorpio WD2500BEVS 2.5-inch Serial ATA (SATA) hard drives. The drives employ perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology to achieve the highest capacity available in a small form factor drive and have WD proprietary features that make the drive quiet, use less power and run at cool operating temperatures. WD’s exclusive WhisperDrive technology combines state-of-the-art seeking algorithms to yield it one of the quietest 5400 RPM, 2.5-inch drives available. Leading-edge ShockGuard technology combines firmware and hardware advancements to protect the drive mechanics and platter surface to meet the highest combined shock tolerance specifications required for mobile and notebook applications. Another unique WD Scorpio 250 GB feature is its IntelliSeek technology, which proactively calculates an optimum seek speed to eliminate hasty movement of the actuator that produces noise and requires power, which is common in other drives.

With IntelliSeek, the actuator’s movement is controlled so the head reaches the next target sector just in time to read the next piece of information, rather than rapidly accelerating and waiting for the drive rotation to catch up. This smooth motion reduces power usage by more than 60 percent compared with standard drives, as well as quiets seek operation and lowers vibration. WD Scorpio 250 GB drives WD2500BEVS are available for approximately $199.99 USD.

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