Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Western Digital Starts Shipping Ultra-Thin Drives

By Chris Neiger - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:12PM

You’re reading a free article with opinions that may differ from The Motley Fool’s Premium Investing Services. Become a Motley Fool member today to get instant access to our top analyst recommendations, in-depth research, investing resources, and more. Learn More

The company's new 5mm hard drives reduce weight by up to 36% compared to standard 9.5mm drives, and allow OEMs to improve internal storage capacity without compromising device size.

Today, Western Digital (WDC 2.59%) will begin shipping the world's first 2.5-inch, 5mm WD Blue hard drives and new WD Black solid state drives. According to the company, "With 500 GB of storage capacity and models with high performance-enabling solid state hybrid drive technology, this slim product line helps to address the trade-offs system designers often make between capacity, physical size and performance."

Both the Blue and Black version of the drives are 5mm thick and are designed to increase the internal storage capacity for smaller devices. The company said consumers often put more hard drive stress on smaller devices, so Western Digital came up with the following solutions in its new drives:

  • The weight has been reduced by up to 36%, compared to a standard 9.5mm drive
  • "Unprecedented" 400G shock protection when the drive is active and 1000G protection when the drive is inactive to keep the drive from being damaged
  • Edge Card technology uses small cell phone technologies that maximize mechanical sway space within the drive
  • Enhanced vibration and stabilization of the drive
The WD Blue drive has an MSRP of $89 and the WD Black solid state drives are currently available to OEMs.
 

Invest Smarter with The Motley Fool

Join Over 1 Million Premium Members Receiving…

  • New Stock Picks Each Month
  • Detailed Analysis of Companies
  • Model Portfolios
  • Live Streaming During Market Hours
  • And Much More
Get Started Now

Stocks Mentioned

Western Digital Corporation Stock Quote
Western Digital Corporation
WDC
$62.25 (2.59%) $1.57

*Average returns of all recommendations since inception. Cost basis and return based on previous market day close.

Related Articles

Motley Fool Returns

Motley Fool Stock Advisor

Market-beating stocks from our award-winning service.

Stock Advisor Returns
344%
 
S&P 500 Returns
120%

Calculated by average return of all stock recommendations since inception of the Stock Advisor service in February of 2002. Returns as of 05/27/2022.

Discounted offers are only available to new members. Stock Advisor list price is $199 per year.

Premium Investing Services

Invest better with The Motley Fool. Get stock recommendations, portfolio guidance, and more from The Motley Fool's premium services.