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