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

Results: Throughput And Interface Bandwidth

Right out of the gate, HGST's Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630 takes the lead in h2benchw with the highest sequential read and write rates of 102.9 MB/s (average). The 750 GB Hitachi Travelstar 7K750 and WD Scorpio Black WD7500BPKT follow close behind at 98.1 and 98.0 MB/s, respectively.

The other 1 TB drives trail behind those three top models. The pack of mid-range drives is led by Toshiba's MQ01ABD100, which achieves 88.9 MB/s.

The Travelstar 7K1000 also emerges victorious in Iometer, achieving almost the same numbers seen in h2benchw. While the streaming read benchmark merely confirms the three fastest models, the sequential write test surprises us: WD's Scorpio Black WD7500BPKT comes in last.

In our interface bandwidth test, which is really just a measure of how fast data can be moved from the hard drive's cache through the SATA connection, HGST's Travelstar 7K1000 HTS721010A9E630 and Hitachi's Travelstar 5K1000 both achieve about 400 MB/s. This is a reflection of its 6 Gb/s SATA support. Samsung's Spinpoint M8 HN-M101MBB is ranked third, but only achieves 244.7 MB/s due to its 3 Gb/s interface.

  • stevenrix
    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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  • acktionhank
    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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  • TimThrill
    I think the cache of this disk is 32MB but not 16MB.
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  • Traciatim
    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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  • typicalGeek
    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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  • master9716
    The Momentus XT has been replaced with the Much faster Momentus SSHD wich are 2x faster in some cases
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  • danwat1234
    @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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  • jimmysmitty
    11254377 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.

    11254408 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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