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WD Black 2 Dual Drive combines SSD, HDD into non-hybrid format

updated 09:55 am EST, Mon November 25, 2013

Fits 2.5-inch drive slots

Western Digital has released the Black 2 Dual Drive, a product that merges an SSD and an HDD into the same component. The unit isn't an SSHD; instead, the SSD (120GB) and HDD (1TB) partitions are separate, giving people more control over where data is stored. Data usage is typically offloaded to the HDD, though, in theory improving the longevity of the SSD.

The Dual Drive fits into 2.5-inch SATA slots; the SSD partition is rated at speeds up to 6Gbps. The product costs $299, and is available either directly from Western Digital or through online vendors such as Newegg.

by MacNN Staff





  1. demani

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 01-26-05

    Seems like this would be a great upgrade for MacBook Pros in place of the standard drive, and sould let you set up a Fusion drive with very little fuss.

  1. mgpalma

    Junior Member

    Joined: 09-27-00

    Even though this is reported on a Mac-centric site...
    "Mac OS is not supported at this time."

  1. Mike Wuerthele

    Managing Editor

    Joined: 07-19-12

    I can confirm that Disk Utility sees both the SSD and rotating platter drive. The drive contains a SATA multiplier, with two discrete devices sharing one computer port.

    There's no reason this won't work on OSX, despite what the manufacturer claims.

  1. elroth

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    Joined: 07-05-06

    I think that for $799, I would want something that the manufacturer says supports Macs. Call me crazy.

  1. fizzy

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    Joined: 03-06-09

    The PC-only part appears to be the "Shift_Technology" software, which OS X already has in Fusion. As so many things, "not compatible" really means "unnecessary."

  1. Mike Wuerthele

    Managing Editor

    Joined: 07-19-12

    Originally Posted by elrothView Post

    I think that for $799, I would want something that the manufacturer says supports Macs. Call me crazy.

    Manufacturers have been making products for years and calling them not compatible with OSX, but yet, with the right research, they are often proven wrong.

    Let's hear it for lack of organized testing for OS X because it costs too much to do.

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