Western digital unveils world’s thinnest 2.5 inch hard drive


US based c0mputer hard drive manufacturer Western Digital unveiled its thinnest 2.5 inch hybrid hard drive. The new hard drive has been designed to provide high capacity storage while featuring instant on and application performance.

The company clarified that at present it is sampling the 5 mm thin hard disk drive and will be showcasing the technology at an investors conference later this year. The technology includes multi level cell Nand flash storage for SSD like data throughout and instant-on responsiveness with magnetic disks for high capacity storage.

Matt Rutledge the vice president of client storage solutions said in a statement, “Mobile devices are becoming smaller, thinner, lighter and more responsive”. The statement added, “Working with our technology partners, WD has developed new 5 mm hard drives that enable high capacity storage along with excellent performance and superior economics to allow our customers to expand their thin offerings.”

The tiered design in WD hybrid hard drives works in conjunction with the PC operating system and also provides the users with data redundancy as the magnetic disk backs up all the files residing in the NAND. This protects the user from wear and preserving NAND for the more hot data handling. The single unit design provides features like power consumption and greater operating shock tolerance.