Western Digital Corp. are one of the biggest names in the storage industry and now they're set to continue their big name in a little way with the world's thinnest 1TB hard drive. The brand new Western Digital Blue drive is just 7mm thick, using the 2.5" form factor and is designed to tackle the notebook, ultrabook and other slim-line mobile computing solutions of the digital age where size is as vital as performance.

The WD Blue WD10SPCX Features:

• 2.5" Form Factor
• 7mm depth
• 5400rpm spindle speed
• 16MB Cache
• 6Gb/s SATA Interface
• 5.5ms average latency
• 1.7w Peak Power Consumption
• 1TB Capacity

The drive also comes equipped with many of the popular Western Digital technologies such as ShockGuard, WhisperDrive, StableTrac, Dual Stage Actuators and more.

"Users with large portfolios of content no longer need an Ultrabook or upgrading to a thin and light notebook. This most compact 1TB hard drive to-date offers manufacturers of systems an upsell path for their customers who will now be able to choose systems offering both sleek design and high capacity,” said Matt Rutledge, vice president and general manager for client storage products at WD.

Both Acer and Asustek are fitting their new notebooks with the new WD Blue 1TB drives, but the unit will also be available shortly for around $139 US. It might not sound much that this drive is only 7mm thick, but anything that saves space in a mobile device is a leap forward and it means there is more room for cooling, or higher performance hardware.

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