First dual hard drive released


Western Digital has released a hard drive for laptops that contains both a hard disk drive (HDD) and solid state drive (SSD).

The hard drive, named Black2, is the “world’s first dual storage solution” according to its manufacturer. It is 2.5-inches tall and 9mm thin, which will fit into the majority of laptops. It boasts a 128GB SSD and a 1TB 5400 RPM HDD, and comes with a five-year warranty. The device will be on sale for $300 (£184).

“Finally you can have the speed of an SSD that you want and the capacity of a hard drive that you need in your notebook or all-in-one PC”, the company states.

Black2 has enhanced firmware and improved algorithms for faster performance and data management, and has a Western Digital customised controller which means there will be less drag on computers that utilise it.

The product will be of benefit to graphic designers, gamers and anyone who uses other power computing applications, due to the hard drive’s generous storage capabilities.

According to CNET, the device is only compatible with Windows products, and will not work with Apple computers.