Western Digital Scorpio 320GB HDD (Image via WD)By Shane McGlaun

Western Digital rolled out its latest 2.5-inch notebook hard drive today that will also see duty in small form factor external storage devices. The 320GB drive uses the SATA 3.0GB/s interface and has a transfer rate of 850Mbits/s maximum.

The Scorpio 320GB drive has a 5400-rpm spindle speed and an average read seek time of 12 ms. The buffer size is 8 MB and average latency is 4.20 ms. The small drive has a profile only 9.5mm thick so it should lend itself well to use in small USB drives. WD also uses proprietary technology to make the drive quiet, it produces only 26dBA in seek mode. Teh MSRP for the 320Gb drive is $199.99.

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  1. it’s nice to see the hard drive companies making drives with more capacity and also making them more affordable, but i would like to see them focus more on solid state storage as it has a much faster read time than standard magnetic storage