Reviews and Problems with Hitachi Travelstar Z5K320 (HTS543216A7A384/ HTS543225A7A384/ HTS543232A7A384/ HTE543232A7A384/ HTE543225A7A384/ HTE543216A7A384)
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Hitachi Travelstar Z5K320 – A Fast Drive At A Low Cost
21 February 2011
Excerpt: Hitachi is known for making some great desktop hard drives. The Hitachi Deskstar for example is known for providing excellent performance and bang for your buck value. So I was excited to see what Hitachi had in store, when it sent over the Travelstar Mobile Hard Drive. The Hitachi Travelstar (Z5K320) comes in 160GB, 250GB and 320GB capacities. The one being reviewed today is the 320GB version and is meant as a mobile hard drive for laptops and gaming consoles.
Excerpt: Last January at CES I was introduced to a new form factor of 2.5" drives. Seagate was developing the drive for an ASUS netbook, but promised the 7mm height would be adapted by other netbook makers before the end of the year. Seagate's Momentus Thin wasn't the first 7mm drive I had worked with, the Intel SSD products were also this same height, but Seagate was the first to shine a spotlight on these amazingly thin drives.
Excerpt: Much like its desktop hard disks, Hitachi produces two ranges of 2.5in Travelstar disks with different spindle speeds. The Z5K320 has only 8MB of cache instead of the Z7K320's 16MB, as well as a slower 5,400RPM spindle speed. Although this means performance will be lower, the disk should save a few watts of power at the same time. Like the Z7320, this disk is a slimline model designed to fit inside netbooks and ultra-portable laptops.