Reviews and Problems with Hitachi Travelstar 7K320
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Over a year of trouble-free use
E. Smith, Amazon
9 July 2010
Summary: On 9 April 2009, I replaced the 120GB 5400RPM Fujitsu drive in my MacBook Pro (2.16GHz Core 2 Duo, 15.4") with this 320GB 7200RPM Hitachi drive. It is now June 9, 2010 and this drive hasn't given me a single problem. It certainly raised the average temperature of my MBP significantly (perhaps 20 degrees) but I expected extra heat from the increased rotational speed (5400RPM to 7200RPM). Due to the heat thing, use this at your own risk.
Summary: I installed this drive in my 2009 Mac Mini and it's very fast. However, in looking at the temperature it's also running a little hot- usually between 47 and 51 degrees celsius. I understand that the high temps have a lot to do with the compact size of the mini, but the temps do make me a little nervous.
Excellent drive, overpriced, you can find at 1/2 the cost (even at Amazon)
31 July 2009
Summary: There's several sources (even Amazon.com) where you can find this drive at HALF the cost. I've been using these drives (I own two and use these extensively in a home lab where I load/reload operating systems and use heavy I/O against the drive) for quite a while. I own two right now, and am shopping for two more to replace a drive that failed (the drive that failed in this case is not this model, but the one that came with my laptop from the laptop manufacturer in 2007).
Summary: I bought this hard drive when the existing one in my laptop started having bad sectors. It took 4-5 days to arrive and from the day I installed it is great. It is quiet in operation. Heating up was my biggest worry since it is a 7200 rpm drive. It does not heat up even after two three hours of work. It just works great.
Summary: Yes, I'm angry...with that said I will explain; the choice will be yours. Less than a year ago I purchased a 160Gig 7200rpm laptop drive. Two months ago it failed. Dead. A coaster for a drink. My assistant sent it in under an RMA but sent it in not the "proper" Hitachi way. Not only did they refuse it, they voided the warranty. It was dead when it got sent in and they refused it anyway. I admit to the error but it was DEAD!
Summary: Just replaced the drive in my Fujitsu Lifebook S7110 notebook with this drive and it's been working great! No sound at all. May get a little warm on top (near arm rest which is just above the drive), but I have not seen this to cause any issues. Partitioned it into two drives and used the Fujitsu CD to reload Vista in C-drive and everything is fine!
Summary: Used this in a Fujitsu-Siemens computer and cloned the existing 120GB 5400 RPM Hard disk with this one. Difference was not mind blowing but quite noticeable. Overall a very good drive and worth the money.