Monday, November 25, 2013

WD Black2 conbines SSD and HDD in a single unit

We all know by now just how great SSDs are, with lightning speeds that make us want to forget the old HDDs. But until we can get a 1TB SSD at the same price as an HDD, traditional hard drives still have its place in our computers. In a desktop computer, we usually have enough physical space to place one (or more) of each, but when it comes to all-in-one PCs and laptops and ultrabooks... things get a bit more complicated. And that's exactly why WD has brought us the WD Black2 Dual Drive, that combines an SSD and HDD in a single unit.

Unlike hybrid drives (SSHD) that use a few gigabytes of flash memory to improve access speeds to frequently used data and show up as a single drive to your operating system, this dual drive has two independent drives inside: a 120GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. So... there's no caching system going on automatically, and it's up to you to use both as you see fit.

The advantages is that you can now have both a speedy SSD and a spacious HDD in your ultrabook using a single drive bay, as this dual drive uses up just the regular 2.5" 9.5mm space as any common laptop drive.

This dual drive WD Black2 has a 5y warranty and can be yours for €299.

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