Consumer hard drive reviews include 2.5" HDDs with 5mm, 7mm or 9.5mm z-heights and 3.5" form factor hard drives. The consumer hard drive review category also includes solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) reviews which focus on hard drives united with flash storage for caching and better overall performance.
by Kevin OBrien

WD Black 4TB Review (WD4001FAEX)

The 4TB WD Black is Western Digital's top-capacity and top-performing 7,200 RPM client system hard drive. The standard 3.5" form factor is designed to provide bulk storage for desktop use, while still offering top class performance. WD is using their standard five platter design for the 4TB Black (note: Caviar has been dropped from the branding) that is also highlighted by a 64MB cache, SATA 6Gb/s interface to deliver 154MB/s throughput.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Black 4TB Hard Drive Announced

Western Digital has announced the WD Black, its highest performance, highest capacity SATA desktop hard drive to date. The new 3.5-inch, 7200 RPM hard drive is designed for performance and reliability and can handle intense desktop computing with its 4TB of storage, 64 MB cache, dual stage actuator technology, SATA 6 GB/s interface, and integrated dual processor.

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by Brian Beeler

Toshiba MQ01ABDH Hybrid Hard Drive Announced

Toshiba has announced the MQ01ABDH series of hybrid hard drives, bringing them in line now with Seagate who has been shipping hybrids for over two years and WD who recently threw their hat into the hybrid ring as well. Toshiba's offering is based around the MQ01AB 2.5" hard drive platform which features dual 500GB platters, 5400 RPM spindle speed and a standard 9.5mm drive height. Toshiba will offer the hybrids in 750GB (MQ01ABDH 075)and 1TB (MQ01ABDH 100) capacities, each paired with 8GB of non-volatile 32nm SLC NAND for read and write caching.

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by Brian Beeler

WD Hybrid Hard Drive Announced - 2.5" 5mm Form Factor

Western Digital has taken the wraps off a new hybrid hard drive platform leveraging a 2.5" 5mm design (nearly half as thick as a standard 2.5" drive), making it the smallest hybrid to date. While the size is interesting, WD is making other major design changes from what we're seeing out of Seagate, the only manufacturer currently shipping hybrid drives in volume. While Seagate uses SLC for the flash component of their Momentus XT, WD is opting for cheaper MLC NAND, that they hope helps keep the price more in line with current hard drive pricing.

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by Josh Linden

Toshiba Announces Terabyte-Per-Platter 3.5-inch DT01ACA Desktop HDDs

Toshiba’s Storage Products Business Unit has launched the DT01ACA Desktop, a new series of high-density 7,200 RPM SATA hard drives. DT01ACA drives feature terabyte-per-platter designs with one, two, or three platters (500GB to 3TB). 3.5-inch drives remain a mainstay of high-capacity desktop PC and consumer device storage. According to projections from IDC, more than 200 million new systems with 3.5-inch HDD storage are expected to ship worldwide in 2012.

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by Kevin OBrien

Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive Review [WD30EFRX]

It's an interesting decision - WD is expanding their low-power 3.5" hard drive offerings with a second line at the same time Seagate  exists the "green" market, claiming low-power drives aren't really all that beneficial or quite frankly, special. The Western Digital Red family of hard drives is designed for the 1 to 6 bay SOHO NAS space, which is about as specialized as it gets. WD has several features that they're touting as critical for the NAS user including; NASware specialized firmware, Intellipower low power spindle, robust NAS compatibility list, three year warranty and a dedicated WD Red 24x7 customer support line (1-855-55-WDRED if you need them).

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by Josh Linden

Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 Review

The arrival of the Travelstar Z7K500 marks the widespread availability of second-generation 7mm portable hard drives. Hitachi’s first-generation Travelstar line demonstrated the technical viability and affordability of the 7mm portable HDD form factor in a marketplace that is pushing for smaller devices and lower power consumption. Second-generation Travelstar drives like the Z7K500 bring added performance to the mix with a 7200RPM rotational speed and 6Gbps SATA interface that translate into better performance than previous 7mm Travelstar drives across a variety of applications.

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by Josh Linden

Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000 Review

Hitachi continues to innovate in large-capacity hard drives, and it is easy to see from products like the Deskstar 7K4000 why Western Digital found Hitachi's hard drive division an attractive acquisition. The 7K4000 provides four terabytes (TB) of storage at 7200RPM, and like the Deskstar 5K4000 which we recently reviewed, the 7K4000 uses a five platter design, paired with 800GB platters and 4KB sectors to increase maximum capacity and improve error correction. Compared to the 5K4000, The Deskstar 7K4000’s specs emphasize performance, so we’ll see some key differences emerge between the drives during benchmarks.

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by Josh Linden

Western Digital Scorpio Blue Review - 500GB 7mm (WD5000LPVT)

Shrinking dimensions in the ultrathin computing market have threatened to push hard drives to the side in favor of higher performing and more battery friendly SSDs. At only 7mm high and featuring a new single-platter design, Western Digital's updated Scorpio Blue hard drive line is engineered for maximum mobile appeal for those who still need bulk storage in their ultrathin devices.

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by Kevin OBrien

Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB Review

While SSDs get all the attention when it comes to high-performance storage, the venerable platter-based alternatives aren't dead yet. Western Digital is out to prove that hard drives can still create substantial performance under the right conditions, with capacity points that would make most SSD users envious. The new WD VelociRaptor is a 10,000 RPM hard drive with enlarged 1TB total capacity, up from 600GB in the prior model. The goal is to provide enterprise-grade drive reliability for workstation users and creative professionals who want a high-performance, high-capacity drive, without the expense of SSDs.

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