Western Digital WD Black² Dual Drive Review

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Introduction

When consumers and general PC users need more storage usually the quickest solution is to add another HDD. And when storage solutions are considered, Western Digital are one of the names that almost always springs to mind.  Founded in 1970 and based from Irvine, California Western Digital have made a name for themselves as premier HDD and now SSD specialists. Along with Seagate, Western Digital is the only other firm who specializes in computer storage solutions. Western Digital has made their name very well known through their Velociraptor series and the’yre very well known Caviar drives which have been in production as far back as the 1990’s.  When it comes to looking for a SSD though, there probably are not going to be many people who would consider Western Digital to a consideration. However with Western Digital’s new offerings will that assumption change?

Today I will be taking a look at the new Western Digital Black² Dual Drive which features a 120GB SSD and a 1TB hard drive built into the same 3.5” enclosure.  It features SATA 6GB/s compatibility and both drives work as separate entities.  Is this new innovation a saving grace for those users who wish to reduce the physical footpint of hard drives in their systems or is the Western Digital Black² an expensive solution which doesn’t perform as well as it should?  Today, I intend to find out!

What Western Digital has to say about the Black Squared Dual Drive:

WD has redefined the PC with the next big thing in ultra-fast performance storage. Introducing WD Black², the world’s first 2.5-inch dual drive storage solution. The WD Black² dual drive is a completely new approach in a compromised solid-state and hybrid storage market. 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.

 

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