Upgrading to a solid-state drive from a hard drive remains one of the easiest ways to drastically improve the performance of your computer, but it’s still expensive to get a lot of capacity. The WD Black 2 solves this problem by pairing an SSD with a HDD in a dual drive, offering plenty of total storage for just $185.
The WD Black2 occupies a unique niche in storage, providing something like a souped-up hybrid drive. Most HHDs offer just a few GBs of solid-state storage that you can’t really modify, mostly for the OS and to boost your boot and resume time. The Black2 gives you a full 120GB, so you can get fast access to more of your highly used applications, while still supplying ample storage for bigger files. It accomplishes this while occupying a single 2.5-inch bay, making it an excellent option for laptops with a single slot.
The benefits of this sort of drive can be reaped in a variety of ways. Creative designers can store their software on the SSD for fast performance, while saving their large RAW files on the HDD, keeping everything together without decreasing performance. Gamers can keep their games on the more responsive drive and still have plenty of space for personal files on the hard drive. By distributing the load, you may even be able to reduce wear and tear on each drive, increasing longevity.
The solid state drive gives you up to read speeds up to 350 MB/s as well as write speeds up to 140 MB/s. WD covers this with a five-year warranty. WD does require a software download to get everything running, so be sure and follow the directions for setup. Snag this multi-purpose drive today and save 46% off the regular price.
- WD Black2 dual drive 2.5-inch 120 GB SSD plus 1TB HDD kit for $185 (normally $339.99)
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