File-It-Under: Storage Tech By: D.F.Skin
The WD Black2 hybrid drive in the past few days or week has been the news a lot lately,why you may ask? Because its the worlds first hybrid-dual drive that comes in a 2.5-inch form factor which means yes it'll fit in your laptop. Now if you been following this technology closely this is most certainly not the first drive of its kind,there is the well known Seagate's Momentus XT hybrid drive that is made for the servers or desktop computers.For those who is reading this passage and don't know what exactly is a hybrid drive,hybrid drives combines a SSD storage drive with a traditional mechanical spinning hard drive into one form factor.
The problem with hybrid drives that are already on the market is though the technology itself is rather unique,you just don't find many PC enthusiast like myself installing it into our system,mainly because of its expensive price tag. When the Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive first dawned the market it cost damn near $600 if I stand correct,it might have cost more than the price I just mentioned. Times has most certainly changed as SSD drives are no longer an luxury,its a necessity especially if you want top performance within your system,to put it bluntly,SSD drives are dropping rapidly in price.
From the technical aspect of it all,the Western Digital Black2 combo drive combines a 120GB solid-state drive and a 1TB mechanical drive into a single 2.5-inch 9.5mm package, the Black2 will fit right in most laptops.Though the drive will fit into most laptops,don't expect this combo drive to be install in a much thinner ultra-book,not gonna happen.
The drive itself is treated as two separate drives,the idea is for the users to install the operating system and applications,frequently use data on the SSD portion and everything else such as large files,music and video files on the mechanical drive. This type of setup is what I'm using and many others are using in desktops where you have the SSD drive for performance,and have a mechanical drive which usually comes in at 1TB for storage. There is one major drawback when owning the Western Digital Black2,when installing your new operating system, the drive does not support NIVIDIA or ASMedia storage controllers,it also will not support the Mac (Sorry Apple junkies) and the unit can't be used in RAID arrays.
Now about that price,the Western Digital Black2 comes in at a $299 price tag which is still rather pricey,but considering what other hybrid drives on the market cost,this drive at a $300 price point is rather reasonable.