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Published on November 26th, 2013 | by admin

WD Debuts World’s First SSD+HDD Dual Drive

Innovative 2.5-inch Drive Pairs 120 GB SSD with 1 TB Hard Drive to Deliver Maximum Performance, Data Control in Ultimate Upgrade for Notebook, AIO, Single-Drive Bay Systems

SYDNEY, Australia. – Nov. 26, 2013 – WD®, a Western Digital company and storage industry leader, today announced the release of the WD Black2 dual drive, a unique storage innovation that fuses a 2.5-inch 120 GB solid state drive (SSD) with a 1 TB hard disk drive (HDD) to offer a powerful dual drive solution. Perfect for consumers and service providers looking to upgrade notebooks, small form factor desktops, and single-slot and all-in-one (AIO) systems with both SSD level performance and HDD capacity, the WD Black2 dual drive connects through a single cable and fits into a conventional 9.5 mm slot.

“Our customers told us they like our Solid State Hybrid Drive technology, but our tech savvy users asked for more control of where they store their data,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president of WD’s Storage Technology business unit. “The WD Black2 dual drive empower our customers to enjoy SSD performance and access high capacity storage in a no-compromise package.  The WD Black2 dual drive is direct result of our interaction with our customer base through WD Labs initiatives. WD devised our beta labs program to provide an exclusive testing arena for key customers and technology influencers of existing and emerging WD storage products.”

2-in-1
Designed for enthusiasts, creative professionals, gamers and PC builders, the WD Black2 dual drive provides improved overall drive capacity, performance, and reliability, while offering the flexibility to choose how and where their data is stored. Utilising the benefits of both flash and magnetic disks, WD Black2 dual drives offload data usage from the SSD to the HDD, which increases endurance and life of the SSD. Users maintain greater data control, which can eliminate the need and expense of cloud-based storage.

WD Black2 is free of caching algorithms and benefits from SATA 6 Gb/second interface speed. It is neatly packaged in a standard 9.5 mm, 2.5-inch form factor with legacy SATA connector, making the WD Black2 dual drive compatible with popular PC operating systems ranging from Windows XP to Windows 8.1.

Price and Availability
Product Name: WD Black2 dual drive
Australian Distributors:  Achieva Australia, Synnex Australia
New Zealand Distributors:  Synnex NZ, VST NZ
Availability: now
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WDAustralia , https://www.facebook.com/WDNewZealand
Warranty: Five year limited warranty
MSRP:  AUD $409 / NZD $499


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