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HGST Launches the Highest Capacity Hard Drive for the Mainstream Mobile Market

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  1. btarunr

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    HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and now a Western Digital company,) continues to push technology innovation by offering the highest storage density (MB/mm³) of any hard disk drive (HDD) today. The new Travelstar 5K1500 is the industry's first 9.5 mm, 1.5 TB mobile hard drive and features the industry's highest capacity in a standard 9.5 mm design. Built on HGST's proven platform for quality and reliability, the Travelstar 5K1500 delivers high shock protection, low power and solid performance to meet the growing demands for a variety of market segments, including notebooks, external hard drives, gaming consoles and all-in-one desktop PCs.

    The HGST three-platter Travelstar 5K1500 offers 50 percent more capacity than currently shipping 1 TB 2.5-inch 9.5 mm HDDs and 200 percent more capacity than single-disk 500 GB 7 mm or 5 mm 2.5-inch HDDs, making them ideal for capacity-hungry devices. With better PCMark Vantage and PCMark 7 performance than currently shipping two-platter HGST 5,400 RPM models, all Travelstar 5K1500 drives ship with a 32 MB cache buffer and 6 Gbps SATA interface.

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    Smaller than current 15 mm or 12.5 mm 2.5-inch HDDs, the Travelstar 5K1500 drive features a standard 9.5 mm form factor for simple integration into many traditional system designs. This allows OEMs and system integrators to take advantage of its huge capacity, 0.5 watt low power idle and 5,400 RPM performance to deliver new high-capacity, power-efficient systems for longer battery life in notebooks and other unplugged applications. With only 2.5 bels idle, the 1.5 TB Travelstar 5K1500 drive is also whisper quiet. The new Travelstar 5K1500 family offers the best operating shock at 400 G/2ms and non-operating shock at 1000G/1ms to protect against bumps and rough handling in mobile environments. A dual stage actuator is included for track miss registration improvements for greater data integrity and reliability. All Travelstar drives use halogen-free components to support the "green" computing initiatives that are of increasing importance to today's end users.

    "Contrary to popular belief, the mobile hard drive market is not being replaced by SSDs. We continue to invest in and serve both the traditional 9.5 mm and 7 mm thin and light HDD mobile markets as they offer the best cost-per-GB, performance and proven product reliability for high-capacity, mainstream, Ultrabook and A/V content creation notebook markets," said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing at HGST. "HGST continues to have a strong share in the 2.5-inch market and the new Travelstar 5K1500 hard drive is the latest addition to our broad line of 5,400 and 7,200 RPM 2.5-inch drives, giving OEMs, ODMs and integrators an opportunity to grow and differentiate their product lines."

    "The PC continues to be an important productivity platform for content creators, who represent an echelon of users that value high-capacity portable storage," said John Rydning, research vice president for hard disk drives at IDC. "HGST's new mobile 1.5 TB hard disk drive in a standard form factor for notebook PCs provides the highest capacity solution available today for users seeking more storage capacity inside their notebook PC."

    The new 1.5TB Travelstar 5K1500 is also available in an Enhanced Availability (EA) model, which brings together a host of features such as high capacity, durability and low power for blade servers, network routers, video surveillance and other systems needing 24x7 access to data. The Travelstar 5K1500 drive helps system designers, integrators and IT managers build and maintain their storage systems, achieving greater storage density in the same 2.5-inch footprint, while maximizing performance, and improving data integrity in "always-on" applications in lower-transaction environments.

    Availability
    Travelstar 5K1500 drives are expected to ship in June. The EA model, and the optional self-encrypting Travelstar 5K1500 model, which is designed to meet the Trusted Computer Group (TCG) Opal Storage Security specification, are expected to be available in 3Q 2013.
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    So, how is this one different to the Toshiba 1.5TB 2.5" model that's been on the market for a while now (HDTB115EK3BA) ?

    Remove the enclosure, use the drive. Simple as. You don't have to wait for the Hitachi gem :)
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    Void your warranty, pray that you never have any problems with the drive (Toshiba can tell if you opened the case).

    I do agree that Toshiba beat them to the punch. HGST is crowing about the fact that you can buy just the drive from them.
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    The Toshiba is a 12.5mm drive, so it won't fit in most laptops.

    WD already has 2TB 2.5" drives if you want to ignore the height requirement.
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    How is this revolutionary?

    It's using the same capacity-per-patter that we've had for over a year now..

    If the 12.5mm drives have 4 platters of 500GB, and this is a 9.5mm drive with 3 platters of 500GB..

    :wtf:
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    No one said it was revolutionary. Just that they are first to market with a 1.5TB 9.5mm drive.
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    They don't use 4 x 500GB platters, I imagine they use 3 platters, each platter has 2 sides. The old western digitals of 1.5TB and 2TB have the same size physically.

    As its the first time you get 50% more capacity, it may be revolutionary, I bet the 2TB version to be the same size physically and ready for laptop upgrade

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