Model: Western Digital Black² Dual Drive
Manufacturer: Western Digital
Provided By: Western Digital

As one of the biggest names in the storage industry, Western Digital doesn't need much of an introduction. Founded in 1970, the company got its start by manufacturing calculator chips. As time went on, Western Digital expanded into the PC market, adding floppy and hard disc controllers to its product lineup. It wasn't until 1988 that it introduced its "Centaur" series of hard drives. Since then, the company has grown to become the world's second largest manufacturer of hard drives. Western Digital currently offers a wide range of internal and external hard drives as well as a growing number of multimedia devices, SSDs and network storage solutions.

This past fall, Western Digital debuted the world's first dual drive, the Black². Taking the concept of pairing an SSD with a traditional hard drive to the next level, this innovative storage solution fuses the two into a single device. The SSD portion of the Black² is intended as a boot drive and provides 120GB of 20nm NAND flash for your operating system, games and applications. Larger, infrequently accessed files can then be migrated to the 1 TB hard drive to increase the overall endurance and mileage of the SSD. Best of all, the Black² connects through a single cable and fits into a conventional 9.5 mm slot, making it an ideal upgrade for notebooks and all-in-one PCs.

   WD Black² Dual Drive
General Specifications
Part Number WD1001X06XDTL
Capacity 120 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD
Interface SATA 6 Gb/s
Form Factor 2.5-inch

Performance (SSD)
Sequential Read 350 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 140 MB/s Max

Reliability/Data Integrity
Load/unload cycles 600,000 minimum
Non-recoverable read errors per bits read 1 in 1014

Power Management
Read/Write 1.8 Watts
Idle 0.9 Watts
Standby/Sleep 0.9 Watts

Operating Temperature 0 ºC to 60 ºC
Non-operating Temperature -40 ºC to 70 ºC
Operating Shock (read/write) 300G, 2 ms
Non-operating Shock 1000G, 2 ms
Idle Mode 20 dBA (average)
Seek Mode 0 21 dBA (average)

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 100.3 x 69.85 x 9.5 mm
Weight 125g

Other Features
Dual Drive - SSD and HDD in one
Acronis True Image cloning software
Includes USB to SATA transfer cable
Five year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the Black² has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Western Digital's new dual drive and then see how well it performs. Does the Black² have what it takes? Can it deliver the performance and features that we've come to expect from Western Digital? Keep reading as we find out.

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