Within the mobile computing market, hard drive manufacturers push the limits of what technology can offer. Packing all of the tech, and sometimes even more, found in larger 3.5" drives, into the small form factor 2.5" drives. Western Digital, at the forefront of the industry, has recently reinvented its Scorpio Blue lineup releasing a number of capacities featuring a 7mm Z-Height.
Today I will be looking over the 500GB capacity or WD5000LPVT. Building on the "Blue" moniker, Western Digital has released the WD5000LPVT as a single platter design, offering low power consumption in the thin 7mm form factor. Right out of the gate the Scorpio Blue offers two distinct advantages over its SSD counterpart; those being capacity and price, but Western Digital did not stop there.
They added SecurePark Technology to keep the recording heads off the platter when not in use. Additionally they have tightened up the power consumption figures for this new generation with just 1.4w being used during read/write operations.
Within the last few years, the transition to Advanced Format drives has begun. The transition to Advanced Format allows hard drive manufacturers to produce higher density platters for this small form factor, and already we are beginning to see the benefits with 1TB being a mainstream offering for the mobile market. Additionally, HGST has claimed the largest storage capacity in the 2.5" form factor with its new 5K1500 1.5TB drive.
Specifications, Pricing and Availability
The WD5000LPVT, part of the new generation of Scorpio Blue drives from Western Digital, utilizes the SATA 3Gb/s interface with a rotational speed of 5400 RPM. The drives cache is set at 8MB, with its formatted capacity listed as 500,107MB or 488GB on a single platter design.
The Scorpio Blue has always exceled in power consumption figures and the new WD5000LPVT is no different. Looking over the spec sheet, we find read/write operations are said to use just 1.4w, while idle operations are listed at 0.55w. Standby and sleep both share the same 0.13w.
Newegg at the time of writing has the WD5000LPVT listed and in stock at $59.99 or 12 cents per GB.
The WD5000LPVT comes as a bare drive and is covered under Western Digital's three year warranty.