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HGST launches a 1.5TB hard drive for notebooks

Claims to be the industry’s first 9.5mm 2.5in HDD with 1.5TB capacity
Wed May 22 2013, 15:40
HGST's Travelstar 51500

DATA STORAGE FIRM HGST has launched what it claims is the highest capacity hard disk drive (HDD) for notebooks, touted as the industry's first 9.5mm 2.5in HDD with 1.5TB capacity.

Sounding like a budget airline flight you'd take on your holidays to Benidorm, HGST has named its new drive the "Travelstar 5K1500". The firm, which is part of Western Digital, said the HDD is notable for its "high shock protection and low power" that make it fit for a variety of markets, including notebooks, external hard drives, gaming consoles and all-in-one desktop PCs.

According to HGST, the Travelstar 5K1500 HDD offers 50 percent more capacity than currently shipping 1TB 2.5in HDDs on the market with 200 percent more capacity than single disk 500GB 2.5in HDDs.

Smaller than existing 15mm or 12.5mm 2.5-inch HDDs, the Travelstar drive ships with a 32MB cache buffer and a 6Gbit/s SATA3 interface.

"This allows OEMs and system integrators to take advantage of its huge capacity, 0.5 watt low power idle and 5,400RPM performance to deliver new high-capacity, power-efficient systems for longer battery life in notebooks and other unplugged applications," HGST claimed.

According to HGST, the Travelstar 5K1500 drive is also "whisper quiet" due to its 2.5 bels idle so it won't emit an annoying buzzing sound while in operation. It also offers resistance against operating shock at 400G/2ms and non-operating shock at 1000G/1ms to protect against rough handling in mobile environments.

It seems that HGST has launched the hard drive to tackle the problem of demand from customers for more storage on their notebooks as music and movie qualities improve and file sizes increase. Denying that solid state disk (SSD) drives' growing popularity will mean the end of hard disk drives, HGST maintains that the mobile hard drive market is not being overthrown by SSD inroads.

"We continue to invest in and serve both the traditional 9.5mm and 7mm thin and light HDD mobile markets as they offer the best cost-per-GB, performance and proven product reliability for high-capacity, mainstream, Ultrabook and A/V content creation notebook markets," said Brendan Collins, HGST VP of product marketing. µ


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