Hitachi announces slim 500 GB hard drive

Hitachi has announced a new slim hard drive in a bid to capture market share in the ultrabook storage market.

The move was further inspired by the fact that most ultrabooks use SSDs with low power consumption for storage purposes but Hitachi was ready for a battle – after all hard drives are cheaper and offer more storage space to say the least. The only problem would be that hard drives often require space – the standard height of a 2.5-inch laptop hard drive comes in at 9 mm, with some of the higher capacity models stretching as high as 12.5 mm. Of course building an ultrabook with such a hard drive would be impossible so something new had to be designed.

And here it comes – the new TravelStar Z7K hard drive series debuts in capacities of 250 GB, 350 GB and 500 GB and all this on a single platter with a total height of just 7 mm.

Hitachi TravelStar Z7K

Despite the small size specs have not been compromised. Hitachi’s latest offering comes with full 7200 rpm spindle speed, 32 MB of cache and SATA 3.0 interface. Hitachi is also pointing out that its small stature means plenty of room for an mSATA SSD to be used as a staging area for improved performance.

Unfortunately pricing is unknown while market availability is expected later this year with volume production starting in March 2012.


Source: Bit-Tech

Related posts

Firefox 16 flawed, Mozilla takes it down

Just days after the Firefox 16 launch Mozilla has been forced to take it off its website due to an identified security flaw that may compromise your computer. Firefox 16 was launched this past Monday but on Wednesday Mozilla had already discovered the security hole making the...

Logitech reveals Surround Sound Speakers Z506

The new Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z506 is aimed to bring 5.1 sound to nearly any entertainment device, including a PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, iPod or a DVD player at cheap price. The new propose from Logitech weights 5.1 kg, offers total power of 75 watts (RMS) -   satellites: 48 watts RMS...

Lenovo reveals the IdeaCentre Y710 Cube gaming PC

Lenovo reveals the IdeaCentre Y710 Cube gaming PC

Unlike other PC makers that are busy announcing notebooks with the new mobile Pascal graphics processing units, Lenovo has debuted a new desktop gaming PC. The computer is called IdeaCentre Y710 Cube and comes with an innovative chassis that houses powerful hardware in limited space. Speaking...

Leave a comment