Hitachi Announces Ultra-Slim 7mm hard drive, External HDD Page: 1

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) has started shipping its new 500GB Travelstar Z5K500 ultra-slim HDD and has today announced the G-Drive External HDD based on these drives. This is the industry’s highest capacity, 5400 RPM one-disk, 7mm z-height HDD and the company expects it to claim a lion’s share of the market in the months to come.

The industry is presently largely dependent on 2.5in, 9.5mm drives, which represent 22 percent of the market today. However, the demand for slimmer products is increasing day-by-day, and Hitachi’s new offering fits perfectly into this demand chain. At just 7mm, the new Travelstar Z5K500 is the industry’s only second-generation family of 5,400 RPM z-height drives.

Made available in capacities of 250GB, 320GB and 500GB, the Travelstar drives are perfectly capable of replacing the standard 9.5mm drives in all devices, be they external drives or laptops, netbooks or blade servers. The new drives from Hitachi are also highly cost effective and deliver the best cost per gigabyte and gigabyte per cubic millimeter compared to SSDs, 2.5in, and 1.8in 9.5mm HDDs.

In terms of power consumption, the drives run at a low 1.8W when in read/write mode and require just 0.55W when idle. The Travelstar HDDs are also super quite with noise levels of just 2.1 seek bels. An 8 MB cache and a Serial ATA 3 Gbps interface allow the drives to transfer data at break-neck speeds. As part of Hitachi’s second generation Advance Format drive, the Travelstar series has a physical sector size of 4,096 (4K) bytes, which adds to their capacity and error handling abilities.  

Hitachi is also offering an optional bulk data encryption (BDE) module with the Travelstar drives for the more security conscious users. This allows them to encrypt and decrypt data on the run as it is being written to or read from the disk.

Also introduced today is the new 500GB Travelstar Z5K500 based G-Technology G-Drive slim external hard disk. Leveraging the rugged 7mm Travelstar, the G-Drive slim is the world’s thinnest 500GB, 2.5in external HDD. Its ultra-thin package and sleek lines make the G-Drive slim an ideal complement to the Apple Macbook, Macbook Pro, and Macbook Air. Hitachi has made the G-Drive slim Time Machine ready to give it plug n’ play connectivity for Macs.

The Travelstar Z5K500 has already started shipping out to partners while the 500GB G-Technology G-Drive slim will become available with retailers in early Q1 2011. Pricing for both drives is yet to be announced.

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