wirawan

Hitachi/HGST 500 GB 5400 RPM drive

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I have been wanting to get a 500 GB internal drive for laptop, and I want to know user experience of the Hitachi drives. I have the following in mind, actually: 5K500.B drive

Hitachi Travelstar 2.5" 500GB 5400RPM SATA II 8MB Cache Internal Hard Drive 0A57915

See http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-Travelstar-5400RPM-Internal-0A57915/dp/B0029LHVLO/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145257

Apparently Hitachi consumer segment is not as large as WD or Seagate but from my reading, Hitachi has its own reputation of goodness:

- The drives come with 3 year warranty which is getting rare nowadays.

- the 5400 RPM drive seems to be one that is best in terms of power/performance balance (I don't need superfast drive but I care for power savings for laptop battery operation)

If anyone has opinion for or against this product, please speak up!

I also need clarification for some product numbers floating out there:

The official product guide from Hitachi gives "HTS545050B9A300" as the model number and "0A57915" as part number. However there is another part number out there that I could not trace in Hitachi's website:

part no. 0Y30055

http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-Travelstar-2-5-Inch-Internal-0Y30055/dp/B00492BU0E/ref=sr_1_25?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1340729325&sr=1-25

The description page also says "5K500.B" drive but why is the part number different?

Also, anyone would comment on the ultrathin version of 500 GB drive (Z5K500)?

http://www.storagereview.com/hitachi_travelstar_z5k500_review_hts545050a7e380

http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-Travelstar-2-5-Inch-5400RPM-Internal/dp/tech-data/B005GKXTCK/ref=de_a_smtd

This says "0J11285" part number.

Wirawan

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SR just reviewed the WD Scorpio Blue thin next to the Z5K500...

http://www.storagereview.com/western_digital_scorpio_blue_review_500gb_7mm_wd5000lpvt

And there appears to be not much of a performance difference between the regular 5K00.B and the Z5K500, per:

At least among its contemporaries a few years ago, 5K500.B looks fine. By today's standards the Scorpio Blue thin, as you've already read in the SR review, is definitely faster.

http://techreport.com/articles.x/17010

All current 5K500 production should be 5K500.B model, the older models are long since out of production.

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