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Western Digital Scorpio Blue 1TB 5400RPM Hard Drive Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | HDDs in Storage | Posted: Nov 25, 2011 9:29 am
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Western Digital

Specifications, Pricing and Availability




Western Digital has always been very good about publishing a lot of technical information about their drives. Let's tackle the obvious first. The new WD10JPVT has a massive 1TB capacity which is the biggest selling point. It uses a 2.5", 9.5mm form factor so it fits nicely into just about every notebook on the planet with a SATA interface.


There are two versions of the Scorpio Blue with a 1TB capacity size. Both use the same 8MB cache, but one spins the platters at 5,200 RPMs and the model we are looking at today spins at 5,400 RPMs. I'm not too sure why WD released two models so close together, but they did. The 5,200 RPM model uses less power, but the 5,400 RPM model does a really good job handling power also. Our sample is rated at 22dBA (average) so it's better than whisper quiet; we never head the drive once, not even when sitting two feet away.


If you missed our article close to a month ago about the flood in Thailand wreaking havoc on HDD prices, you should have a look. At the time of writing we found the 1TB Scorpio Blue with Google listed at 88 Dollars. By the time you read this that price could easily be three times that amount. Newegg has already lifted their prices and shows the drive at just over 200 Dollars. I'm going to use my natural disaster clause and not focus so much on the current pricing.

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