WD Black Mobile 2.5-inch Dual Drive (128GB SSD + 1TB HDD)

Here’s a speedy storage solution that you should consider for you laptop: the Western Digital Black Dual Drive. It is a hard drive combo pack that gives you the benefit of the speed of a SSD plus the storage capacity of a big 1 terrabyte SATA hard drive.

The two drives – a 128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD – is packaged into a single 2.5-inch drive bay, meaning you can easily replace your existing laptop hard drive with this combo. Of course, you can also use it in a PC.

The WD Black Dual Drive costs R2 950 and comes with a 5-year warranty. 

WD Black Dual DriveWD Black Dual Drive vs one big SSD

Ideally, one would want a single big SSD. The largest capacity for a SSD currently is 4TB, made by LSI, OCZ and SanDisk (the SanDisk Optimus Max) but unless you have a bottomless wallet, pricing is an issue. Prices of these huge SSDs currently rise above R20 000!

A 500GB internal SSD typically costs more than R4 000 and a 1TB SSD obviously even more.

Thus, from a pricing point, the WD Black Dual Drive looks like a viable option when you need the combination of speed and capacity – with your OS on the SSD and the HDD as bulk storage.

Transfer speeds between the two drives is fast. WD uses, what they call, “Shift Technology” –

WD Black² Shift_Technology is race-ready from the starting line with enhanced firmware and improved algorithms for faster performance and data management. Features include:

20nm architecture with quad channel NAND processing for increased speed and performance
WD customized controller built for increased efficiency of data management per cell resulting in less drag on your PC
Improved drive integrity with 8 GB of space for provisioning to help protect and improve SSD reliability

WD Black² Shift_Technology allows you to migrate larger data files to the hard drive and provides your SSD with less system drag, which increases the overall endurance and mileage of the SSD. With less caching involved, there’s less time waiting and more time enjoying the things you love to do most.

WD Black² Mobile 2.5-inch Dual Drive (128GB SSD + 1TB HDD) tech specs

Model – WD Black² WD1001X06XDTL – solid state / hard drive – 1 TB + 120 GB SSD – SATA 6Gb/s
Type Solid state / hard drive – internal
HDD Capacity – 1 TB
SSD Capacity – 120 GB
Form Factor – 2.5″ x 1/8H
Interface SATA – 6Gb/s
Data Transfer Rate – 600 MBps
Features – Advanced Format technology, Shift_Technology , S.M.A.R.T.
Dimensions – (WxDxH) 69.85 mm x 100.3 mm x 9.5 mm
Weight – 125 g
Manufacturer Warranty – 5 years warranty

Software download is required:
WD Black² Dual Drive ships as a full kit with a web key, quick install guide, USB to SATA transfer cable, and warranty information.
Software download and internet connection are required for installation.

WD has a video that explains how to clone your existing drive onto the Black Dual Drive.

The WD Black Dual Drive and other SSDs are available now in the Internal SSD category of the Essential IT Solutions online shop.

Date: 11 Nov 2014