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It's the first to hold both drives separately in one laptop drive (and it's not a hybrid)

WD released a new laptop drive today that is the first to have two internal drives in one, offering both large data storage capacity and a regular hard drive for data. 

WD, which is a Western Digital company, unveiled the WD Black2 Dual Drive today. It features a 120GB solid-state drive (SSD) as well as a 1TB hard drive (HDD) as a secondary data drive -- all combined into one 2.5-inch, 9mm-thick standard laptop drive. Finally, laptops can now obtain large data storage capacity and enhanced performance much like a desktop.

“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,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of WD’s Storage Technology business unit. “The WD Black2 dual drives empower our customers to enjoy SSD performance and access high capacity storage in a no-compromise package. The WD Black2 dual drive is a direct result of our interaction with our customer base through WD Labs initiatives. WD devised its beta labs program to provide an exclusive testing arena for key customers and technology influencers of existing and emerging WD storage products." 


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The WD Black2 doesn't merge the two drives inside, which places it outside the realm of being a solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD). Both drives are two, separate volumes (it's worth noting that it can be used as a hybrid drive, but WD recommends using them separately). 

Oh, and it only works on Windows machines for now (Windows XP to Windows 8.1, to be exact). Sorry, Macs. 

You can snag the unique WD Black2 Dual Drive starting today for $299.

Source: WD





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