Are you planning to upgrade your laptop or notebook’s storage drive soon? Are you still undecided whether you should go for a larger hard drive capacity or get a faster solid state drive instead? Look no further cause Western Digital’s latest drive – the WD Black2 Dual Drive, is both an SSD and HDD in one single 2.5-inch SATA interface. The WD Black2 is a combination of a 120GB SSD and a 1TB HDD sharing a single body and SATA interface. This innovative drive is perfect for laptops, notebooks, Ultrabooks, all-in-one PC or even small form factor PCs. Check out more features, its specifications and where to buy the WD Black2 with discounted price below.
WD Black2 Dual Drive Specifications and Features
The WD Black2 Dual Drive is a revolutionary drive, first of its kind to hit the market. The 120GB SSD doesn’t act as a cache just like in a Hybrid Drive, but instead you get two physical drives, a “drive C:” and “drive D:”. The 120GB SSD portion is recommended for the operating system and other applications, meanwhile the 1TB hard drive offers a large amount of space for storing media and other large files.
It features Shift_Technology that allows you to migrate larger data files to the hard drive and provides your SSD with less system drag, which increases the overall endurance and mileage of the SSD. With less caching involved, there’s less time waiting and more time enjoying the things you love to do most.
Other features includes 20nm architecture with quad channel NAND processing for increased speed and performance, WD customized controller built for increased efficiency of data management per cell resulting in less drag on your PC, and improved drive integrity with 8 GB of space for provisioning to help protect and improve SSD reliability
With regards to the specifics, the WD Black2 uses SATA 6Gb/s interface. It has 600,000 minimum load/unload cycles. It has a maximum internal transfer rate (read) of 350MB/s. It’s 9.5mm thick and weighs only 0.125kg. Estimated power consumption is 1.80 Watts during read and write, while it only consumes 0.90 Watts when it is in idle, standby or sleep mode.
The WD Black2 Dual Drive is compatible with Windows 8 / 7 / Vista / XP, and Mac OS X. However RAID configurations is not supported. Meaning you can’t put two of these is RAID mode.
Price and Where to Buy
The WD Black2 Dual Drive originally has a list price of $339.99 USD. This product has been reviewed by testers and actual customers alike, and was considered as a highly recommended product.
UPDATE: The price of this drive has significantly gone down, and it is now more affordable and priced reasonably. Check out its latest best price here.
Every WD Black2 Dual Drive includes WD’s industry-leading 5-year limited warranty, a web key, quick install guide, USB to SATA transfer cable, warranty card. You will be needing an internet connection to download the software.
How To Install WD Black2 Dual Drive
Below are two videos that will show you how to install the WD Black2 Dual Drive to your laptop, and how to migrate or clone your existing drive to the WD Black2.