Hitachi has announced its new
Travelstar Z7K500 series of hard disk drives. These are 7mm-thick
slimline designs serving up to 500GB of data on just one platter. A
platter rotating at 7200 RPM, at that. This is a new combination for
this type of hard drive, and folks with one of those newfangled
notebooks that only support these slender hard drives now have
another option to increase their performance and storage capacity.
The Travelstar Z7K500 series also
contains 320GB and 250GB variants alongside the flagship 500GB model.
All have a 32MB cache and a SATA 6Gbps interface, both pretty new for
notebook drives in general. Hitachi claims a 171MB/s maximum transfer
rate, which is most likely through the cache rather than off the
platter surface. In traditional Hitachi fashion, the drives are also
available with full-disk encryption technology or assured for
“Enhanced Availability,” which is Hitachi-speak for models
prepped for data servers.
Anyway, you can expect members of the
Travelstar Z7K500 series to hit store shelves sometime next month, at
UPDATE: The Travelstar Z7K500 is now available here at Amazon and other online retailers.
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