Hitachi Announces New 7200 RPM Travelstar

Need a new a new storage solution for your laptop but you're not ready to spring for a solid state drive? Perhaps Hitachi has the answer for you, as it is now shipping its fifth-generation, 7200 RPM 2.5-inch hard disk drive.

Compared to Hitachi's previous generation Travelstar, the 7K500 performs 16 percent better. In fact, Hitachi boasts that its new drive is fastest in its class and is ideal for multitasking, gaming and other graphic-intensive applications.

As with previous Hitachi drives, the 7K500 comes with hardware based Bulk Data Encryption (BDE). When the Hitachi BDE option is enabled, the hard drive will encrypt all data that comes from the system as it is written to the media. When read back, the drive decrypts the data so that it can be understood by the system. Since the hard drive is doing the encryption work, there is no impact on CPU overhead.

Such security measures make Travelstar 7K500 one of the first mobile drives to be compliant with the Trusted Computing Group's (TCG) Opal storage security specification, a new open standard designed to strengthen data protection and safeguard notebooks in the event of system loss or theft.

"With Hitachi's support for the TCG Opal specification, we're working with industry leaders who are enabling more widespread adoption and interoperability across the entire storage ecosystem," said Brendan Collins, vice president of Product Marketing at Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.

Even if none of that fancy security stuff interests you, the Travelstar 7K500 is energy efficient with power consumption at 0.69 watts idle and 1.8 watts during read/write operations, which should help to prolong battery life.

Travelstar 7K500 is now shipping in limited quantities to top tier OEMs. The drive will be available in 120 GB, 160 GB, 250 GB, 320 GB and 500 GB capacities.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • eddieroolz
    Cool, I would be interested. But would it produce less heat than my current Hitachi laptop drive? Currently, my drive heats up to 60C at maximum which is unbearable.
  • Major7up
    Booooring...lets see SSD's in higher capacities and cheaper!
  • cabose369
    They produce terrible drives... who cares about their drives?? Hitachi TravelDeathstar's....
  • I've had 3 Hitachi laptop hard drives and they've all been very good. But I'm not exactly jumping at the bit to replace laptop hard drives for speed so much as I am capacity.
  • same as mine. i am using hitachi hard drive. so far so good. it has been 2 years and still running good.
  • has anyone seen these for sale at a retailer?
  • They just showed up at this afternoon. Price is $129 US