HGST Travelstar 7K1000 Review: A 1 TB Notebook Drive At 7200 RPM

Results: Access Time And I/O Performance

Not surprisingly, the notebook drives with faster spindles tend to lead the access time chart. There are exceptions, though, like WD's Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT, which comes in fifth place. The newer Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630 takes the top spot, boasting 14.99 ms and 15.69 ms read and write accesses, respectively. The 7200 RPM Seagate Momentus and WD Scorpio Black WD7500BPKT are close behind.

Knowing full well that mechanical hard drives (much less those optimized for mobile applications) are unsuitable for I/O-intensive workloads, particularly in a world of affordable SSDs, we still run four stock Iometer profiles to determine the I/O throughput of each disk.

Spinning at 7200 RPM only slightly helps the Travelstar 7K1000 in our quartet of benchmarks, which simulate access patterns for databases, file servers, Web servers, and workstations. The drive consistently achieves a spot in the top third of our field, ranging from fourth to sixth place. Seagate's Momentus and Western Digital's Scorpio Black WD7500BPKT score highest.

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  • I have 5 of these hard-drives, they have been on the market for a while now, at least for the last 7 months, and the lowest price i found in the US was $64 for the 7200 rpm which is ridiculously cheap (p/n 0J22423).
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  • Great review.

    I can't wait to see a review of one of the newer 5400 RPM Hybrid drives from Seagate as well as the 7200RPM 3.5" Hybrid drives when they arrive.

    I just installed a 1TB 2.5" "Superspeed" SSHD into my fathers HTPC and it seems to work great.

    I'm thinking about buying the 2TB 3.5" SSHD when Seagate releases it.
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  • I think the cache of this disk is 32MB but not 16MB.
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  • Please be fair to the Hybrid disks when you test them. They benchmark in synthetics pretty poorly because it's essentially just a spinning disk in that case. Do some tests like boot time, shut down time, launch the 4 most used applications at the exact same time . . . It's hard to capture it, but the main advantage of the Hybrid drives is that the stuff you use day to day just feels snappy. It's the same with Intel SRT, which I use on my main machine. It was really hard to tell if SRT was even working or doing anything, and then one day I had to turn it off as a troubleshooting step for an issue I was having and holy crap I hated using my computer cause everything takes so long to respond.
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  • In the last paragraph, I'm quite sure that the cache size of the Seagate 1TB SSHD is NOT 64 GB. Without looking up the specifications myself, I'd assume that the cache size is much more likely 64 MB. (Only off by a factor of 1000. But who needs accuracy on a technology forum anyway?)
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  • The Momentus XT has been replaced with the Much faster Momentus SSHD wich are 2x faster in some cases
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  • @master9716, the Momentus XT is a 7200RPM laptop hybrid drive, the SSHD is 5400RPM. Slower mechanicals, faster flash.

    Typos in article: last page, not 64GB cache but probably 64MB.
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  • @stevenrix where did you find it for 64, the lowest I bought mine for, and Ive been waiting for months looking slickdeals.net, newegg, shopper etcc.. was 69.99 at B & h Audio and Video, currently 74.99, and yea this is the best 1tb notebook drive you can buy
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  • also this drive has 32MB cache, not 16...
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  • danwat1234 said:
    @master9716, the Momentus XT is a 7200RPM laptop hybrid drive, the SSHD is 5400RPM. Slower mechanicals, faster flash. Typos in article: last page, not 64GB cache but probably 64MB.


    He is right though as it is replacing the Momentus XT and thus makes this comparison a bit old.

    If I remember correctly, Seagate is replacing almost all of their HDDs with the SSHD tech, even desktop variants.

    1376295 said:
    @stevenrix where did you find it for 64, the lowest I bought mine for, and Ive been waiting for months looking slickdeals.net, newegg, shopper etcc.. was 69.99 at B & h Audio and Video, currently 74.99, and yea this is the best 1tb notebook drive you can buy


    I would be able to agree with it being the best. I have had a lot of systems coming in with the newer Hitatchi AF laptop HDDs at work and almost every one of them are bad. I haven't seen that many bad from one brand/model for a long time. Might just be the 7mm versions of the drive but its still odd.

    I guess I will have to wait and see if a lot of these die off too early before I can decide if they are good or bad drives to have. I know I wont suggest the 7mm Hitatchi laptop HDDs for now.
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  • too bad the largest mobile hdd's are 1.5tb now, and of course the 1.5tb drives are 5400 rpm. I hate how the highest capacity is always 5400 rpm but im not willing to give up 500gb for 7200 rpm
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  • Oh if only the 1TB Samsung 840 Evo would drop in price... would make this thing look like an antique by comparison. :lol:
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  • The IOMeter Streaming Writes graph is mislabeled - it says streaming reads at the top.
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  • Quite impressive.
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  • Traciatim said:
    Please be fair to the Hybrid disks when you test them. They benchmark in synthetics pretty poorly because it's essentially just a spinning disk in that case. Do some tests like boot time, shut down time, launch the 4 most used applications at the exact same time . . . It's hard to capture it, but the main advantage of the Hybrid drives is that the stuff you use day to day just feels snappy. It's the same with Intel SRT, which I use on my main machine. It was really hard to tell if SRT was even working or doing anything, and then one day I had to turn it off as a troubleshooting step for an issue I was having and holy crap I hated using my computer cause everything takes so long to respond.


    This isn't a hybrid drive, nor an SSD. It's a regular, run of the mill mechanical HD with a large capacity and a faster RPM.
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  • I'll likely be upgrading my future PS4 now on backorder - which likely will be a 500GB version, with a 1TB drive. This would suit it just fine as the current WD Black 500GB 7200RPM currently residing in my PS3 is approaching 80% full (upgraded from the factory 250GB two years ago).
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  • Great review. Now it's time to get one of these for my sister-in-laws laptop. She will surely love it even though I am trying to push for a SSD. And get one for myself for backup on my PC as I have grown tired of having just one backup source.
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  • g-unit1111 said:
    This isn't a hybrid drive, nor an SSD. It's a regular, run of the mill mechanical HD with a large capacity and a faster RPM.


    Maybe you should read the article where they can't wait to test this 7200RPM drive up against the new 5400RPM Seagate Hybrid drives. I was just pointing out where hybrid drives will look pretty terrible on synthetics like random read tests, they will excel at usability so the benchmark suite used should reflect that.
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  • In the second paragraph of this article it states that the Travelstar 7k1000 has a 16mb cache, that is incorrect, it has a 32mb cache.

    See the specifications tab on this HGST web page:

    http://www.hgst.com/hard-drives/mobile-drives/9.5mm-mobile-hard-drives/travelstar-7k1000
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