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Western Digital 320 GB Scorpio Notebook Hard Drive Review
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Western Digital 320GB Scorpio Notebook Hard Drive

Many of us have probably wondered why Western Digital never came out with a 7200 RPM notebook hard drive. Well, they didn't need to.

Their Scorpio family of 2.5" hard drives may run at "only" 5400 RPM but they are actually fast enough to rival desktop hard drives running at 7200 RPM! Unbelievable?

We had the opportunity to give their top-of-the-line 320 GB Scorpio for a test drive and we were most impressed with its performance.

Not only did it deliver a large storage capacity, it also delivered very good performance numbers. In fact, it had the same platter-to-buffer transfer rates as the Seagate Barracuda 7200.9, which is a 7200 RPM desktop hard drive.

For more details, read our Comprehensive Review!

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• US$169.99 (May 2008)

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Comprehensive Review


• WD3200BEVT

Formatted Capacity

• 320,072 MB

Guaranteed Sectors

• 625,142,448

Bytes Per Sector

• 512 bytes

Sectors Per Track

• NA


• NA


• NA

Read/Write Heads

• NA

Recording Method

• NA


• 1 : 1

Spindle Speed

• 5,400 RPM

Cache Buffer


Maximum Internal Data Transfer Rate

• 850 Mbits/s (maximum)
• 106.25 MB/s (maximum)

Maximum I/O Transfer Rate

• 3 Gbits/s

Average Seek

• 21.0 ms (full stroke read)
• 12.0 ms (read)
• 2.0 ms (track-to-track)

Average Latency

• 5.50 ms (nominal)

Drive Ready Time

• 4.0 seconds (average)


• Serial ATA 3Gb/s

Supported SATA Data Transfer Mode

• 3 Gbits/s
• 1.5 Gbits/s

SATA II Hotplug Capability

• Yes

Maximum Height

• 9.5 mm
• 0.374 inches

Maximum Width

• 69.85 mm
• 2.75 inches

Maximum Length

• 100.2 mm
• 3.94 inches

Maximum Weight

• 117 g
• 0.26 lb

Power Requirements

• +5V DC ± 5 %

Power Consumption

• 2.5 W (Read / Write)
• 2.0 W (Idle)
• 0.25 W (Standby)
• 0.10 W (Sleep)

Ambient Temperature

• 5 °C to 60 °C (Operating)
• -40 °C to 65 °C (Non-Operating)

Operating Altitude

• -305 meters to 3,050 meters
• -1000 feet to 10,000 feet

Non-Operating Altitude

• -305 meters to 12,200 meters
• -1000 feet to 40,000 feet

Maximum Shock

• NA

Drive Acoustics

• 24 dBA average (Idle Mode)
• 24 dBA average (Seek Mode)

Maximum Operating Vibration

• 0.00459 g²/Hz (10 to 500 Hz)

Maximum Non-Operating Vibration

• 0.05102 g²/Hz (10 to 500 Hz)

Non-Recoverable Read Errors

• < 1 error per 1014 bits read

Load/Unload Cycles

• 600,000


• 3 Years Limited Warranty


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