Western Digital (WD) introduced on Monday a “hybrid” data storage drive for consumers that combine a 120 GB SSD with a 1 TB 5400 RPM HDD called WD Black 2. This unique storage device actually has two separate drives in a single enclosure, sharing the same SATA interface. The WD Black 2 is just 9mm tall, which will fit most laptops. WD claims that the SSD portion is capable of 350MB/sec sequential read, 140MB/sec sequential write. This combo solution is designed for enthusiasts, system builders, gamers and creative professionals. WD is shipping the Black2 today for $300.
Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of WD’s Storage Technology business unit, said on Monday that although the company provides Solid State Hybrid Drive solutions, “tech savvy” customers asked for more control over where data is stored. Thus, enter the WD Black2 dual drive, which offloads data usage from the SSD to the HDD, thanks to the company’s “Shift_Technology,” and it is free of caching algorithms. You can also check the review on the recent update to its WD Black HDD.