WD Black 2

WD Black 2

When it comes to storage, many of us struggle with the decision of whether to buy speed or capacity. An SSD delivers speed, but you need a mechanical hard drive for capacity as SSDs are alot more expensive. The other option is to Buy the SSD and rely on the cloud, or just use the hard disk and forget about speed. Western Digital’s Black 2 combo SSD/HDD promises to deliver speed and capacity.

A combination of a 120GB solid-state drive and a 1TB mechanical drive in a single 2.5-inch, 9.5mm package, the Black 2 fits in most laptops. Owners of thin-and-lights, on the other hand, won’t benefit because that form factor typically accommodates only thinner, 7mm drives. The best part about this drive is that it’s two separate drives in a single package, sharing the same SATA interface. So it will perform faster than a Hybrid Drive.

Being the only current product of its class, the Black 2 is a little pricey; $299. That’s about $70 more than a 128GB SSD and a 1TB, 2.5-inch hard drive cost separately. Regardless, the Black 2 could be a great product for alot of people who are looking for speed and storage.

The back side of the WD Black 2

The back side of the WD Black 2

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