Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5'' HDD Review

Storage/HDD by stefan @ 2011-01-31

The 500GB Scorpio Black 2.5'' HDD from Western Digital maintains the performance lead ahead of many similar drives on the market with the same capacity. Being available on the market for about 55 Euros, it goes head to head with the Hitachi 7K500-500 model, outperforming it in some cases.

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Features and Specifications


Desktop-class performance

With 7200 RPM spin speed, 16 MB cache, and capacities up to 750 GB, these drives enable you to have the best of both worlds: the capacity and performance of a desktop PC with the convenience and portability of a notebook.

Massive capacity

WD’s 500 GB 2.5-inch drives offer huge capacity for space-hungry operating systems with plenty of room left over for photos, music, and video.

Low power consumption

With technologies like IntelliSeek™ which calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption and SecurePark™ which reduces power by parking the heads during low power idle mode, this drive delivers 5400 RPM equivalent power consumption in a 7200 RPM drive.


In a notebook drive, silence is golden. WD’s exclusive WhisperDrive™ combines state-of-the-art seeking algorithms to yield one of the quietest 2.5-inch hard drives on the market.

Reliable and rugged

WD’s ShockGuard™ technology protects the drive mechanics and platter surfaces from shocks during shipping, handling, and daily operation. WD’s SecurePark parks the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down, and when the drive is off. This ensures the recording head never touches the disk surface, resulting in improved long-term reliability due to less head wear and improved shock tolerance.


We perform tests on hundreds ofsystems and a multitude of platforms in our FIT Lab™ and Mobile Compatibility Lab to give WD customers confidence that our drives will work in their systems.


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