Western Digital has long been the gold standard for hard disk drives. Ask any PC enthusiasts what hard disk to buy, and they’re almost certainly going to point you towards a WD Green or Blue. This reputation is not due to the company’s cutting-edge hardware – after all, hard disks are old-school. Instead, the company earned its goodwill through many years of building affordable, sensible, reliable drives.
Despite that, the company was caught flat-footed by the rise of solid state drives, as its expertise in spinning disks didn’t translate to flash memory. Western Digital bought SanDisk to gain the knowledge it lacked, and now the company has released the fruits of that acquisition – the WD Blue solid state drive.
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