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Western Digital announces new 160GB notebook drive, Passport storage device

Western Digital finally joins Seagate and Hitachi in offering 5400RPM, 160GB hard drives for notebook computers. Western Digital's new 160GB Scorpio SATA hard drive employs perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) to achieve its capacity and features a 5400 RPM spindle speed.

The 2.5” drives will also be available in Western Digital’s newly revamped Passport Portable Drives. The USB 2.0-based Passport series drives are now available in 60GB, 80GB, 120GB and 160GB varieties. Western Digital also went to work by trimming the physical dimensions and weight of the storage devices. The drives now feature a piano-black finish with a soft-touch base and weigh in at less than five ounces.

Western Digital's new Scorpio 160GB notebook hard drive is available for $179 while the 160GB Passport Portable Drive will retail for $199.

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big deal
By Souka on 9/13/06, Rating: 0
RE: big deal
By AmbroseAthan on 9/13/2006 1:15:18 PM , Rating: 2
*Points up at the picture of the portable drive up top.*

The portable drives are a bigger deal. The Passport drive is definitely a better looking portable then most I have seen and, if it only needs a USB cable for power, a very convienent portable drive.

And the article states "Western Digital finally joins Seagate and Hitachi in offering 5400RPM, 160GB hard drives for notebook computers" concerning the regular drives.

RE: big deal
By Souka on 9/13/06, Rating: 0
RE: big deal
By rushfan2006 on 9/13/2006 2:06:50 PM , Rating: 2
u can take any 2.5" drive and put it in an enclosure...preferably a better one than *the one pointed to up there*

What..OMG someone on these boards trying to one up someone at 11.

Grow the hell up will you....Its a nice portable drive, how insecure is someone to have to post back to someone else making a valid point on the product -- just to get the "one up" position on them?


RE: big deal
By Vidmar on 9/14/2006 3:05:40 PM , Rating: 2
Actually you need to grow up, his comments were very appropriate.

By matthewcaudle on 9/13/2006 12:47:57 PM , Rating: 2
the packaging looks like a weird apple / hp hodgepodge.

im probably the only person who cares that lurks this site everyday tho, so i guess my point is null hah

RE: byeahyurrh
By Samus on 9/14/2006 1:51:12 AM , Rating: 3
I agree. Why the hell does everything have a glossy finish.

I dare you to compare average joe's Nintendo DS to Sony's PSP...or an iPod Nano to a Creative Zen Micro.

The glossy finish is complete crap out of the box for durability. It's nice for 6 seconds, then a piece of dust scratches the screen and all the sudden everyone on Lost has a moving zit.

By mandeep on 9/13/2006 12:31:38 PM , Rating: 2
just by taking a look at the photos on the wd website of the passport, i can tell this is an awesome direction for portable hdd's. by the looks of it the 160gb doesnt need a power cord and just needs a usb power supply. if this is true then im already drooling. but because sometimes photos can lie im reserving my judgement.

RE: wow
By dodgybob on 9/13/2006 12:51:25 PM , Rating: 2
I have an 80gb seagate 2.5" drive in a cheap aluminium usb2 enclosure. Being able to transport that amount of data between pcs without having a power brick in tow is pretty sweet. Doubt I'll be buying another desktop portable drive from now on.

Competition is good
By Vidmar on 9/13/2006 2:44:01 PM , Rating: 2
Competition is good for this market segment. But as far as the external enclosure is concerned, the announcement is no big deal.

As others have stated there are already plenty of 2.5" external enclosures that don't need external power in existence. I use one everyday with a 120GB 2.5" Samsung drive.

RE: Competition is good
By Vidmar on 9/13/2006 2:55:17 PM , Rating: 2
The real question is: when will these manufactures be able to provide these products at a cost below $1/GB. With a 160GB drive selling for $179 we get $1.11875/GB. Smaller drives are far below the $1/GB threshold even now and thus offer a much better price/performance ratio.

Cute case...
By Zandros on 9/13/2006 4:14:50 PM , Rating: 3 if it only featured Firewire.

For that matter, SATA -> FW400 2,5" cabinets aren't exactly common. They try to make my life hard to live.

By Alphafox78 on 9/13/2006 12:15:40 PM , Rating: 2
I can only imagine how scratched these things will get! I guess they tried to copy the nano, but hopefully the dont scratch as easy.

By FXi on 9/13/2006 9:36:13 PM , Rating: 2
Not a single 7200 rpm notebook drive from WD. I love WD drives but if they can't even demonstrate they can cross this technological hurdle, I just am not even interested.

In this mature a market, at least SOME of your notebook drives need to be 7200, or you just aren't in the game.

And they aren't in the game.

By headbox on 9/13/06, Rating: -1
"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
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