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Hitachi 320GB 7200rpm 2.5” laptop drive received

Hitachi 320GB 7200rpm 2.5” laptop drive received

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7k320 It’s always Christmas around here.  I ordered and received one of the new Hitachi Travelstar 320GB 2.5” laptop drives and I am in the process of filling it.  It’s scary how fast that can actually happen these days.  This particular drive is for data storage only.  And what is the fastest growing data you have?

You guessed it.  Virtual machine data.  I’ve been using 100 and 200GB drives for a few years but have decided not to buy anything less than 320GB now.  The 100GB drives have been the work horses of my stable and have performed remarkably well.  I’ve seen a lot of other folks crash drives but I’ve been extremely lucky.  The vast majority of the laptop drives I’ve relied on the past 5-7 years have been Hitachi. 

Sure, I have my share of Toshiba, Seagate and Western Digital laptop drives but I have grown accustomed to the Hitachi drives because they’ve always run pretty cool for me, aren’t noisy, and are fast.  Fast is good when we are talking about VM performance.

So what’s so special about this drive?  Well, as you can see at right, it has perfect balance.  Ha!  Actually, one of the reasons I purchased it was because I simply need more than 200GB of disk space in my laptop.  I end up running 3-4 virtualization products on a daily basis (VPC 2007, VS 2005, Hyper-V and VMWare Workstation) so I end up with a lot of VMs and a variety of operating systems.  I was really trying to hold out for a 500GB drive but got tired of playing the waiting game.

You can get the specifications for the drive at the Hitachi GST website.  This drive has the SATA 3GB interface, 16MB data buffer, low power consumption and low heat (when I’m not beating it to death with I/O).

I’m planning on purchasing one of the new Seagate Momentus 7200.3 320GB drives when they start shipping.  Right now I can’t seem to find anyone that has them in stock but I want to try one of them as well.  Before you know it we’ll be able to have two 2.5” 500GB 7200rpm drives in a laptop.  Nice.  More toys for Christmas.

Wait till you see the “toy” I have coming in the next few weeks.  Montevina baby!

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  • It seems that the new 5k500 drives are released. Two capacities are available: 400GB & 500GB. But both are 12.5mm high, not compatible with almost all laptops.

  • 9.5mm 500GB drives are supposed to be coming.  The 500GB 12.5mm drives will probably be in the big 17" monster laptops but who wants to lug one of those around?  It's probably better than two laptops, but not much.

  • I was thinking of buying one of these 320GB 7200RPM WD drives to slip into my MBP http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=482

    [)amien

  • Yea, I wish there was a side-by-side comparison of the Hitachi, Western Digital and Seagate drives.

  • Seagate announced 1.5TB Sata for PC and 500GB for notebooks earlier this month.  Not sure when they will hit the channel.

    http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?locale=en-US&name=null&vgnextoid=19549a9dafc0b110VgnVCM100000f5ee0a0aRCRD

  • yea, but will the 500GB drive be 9.5mm???  That's the question.  If so, I see a 1TB laptop in my future.  :?)

  • Keith-

    Where do you get the the Lenovo caddy/bracket/cage for HDDs for your ThinkPads? When you use the ThinkPad Serial Hard Drive Bay Adapter for a 2nd HDD, the drive needs to have some low profile screws to fit into the adapter. An additional caddy/bracket or whatever you call it would be helpfull when swapping among multiple primary HDDs. Since I still use the original drive at times, it would be good to have an additional drive cage.

    -Eric

  • Lenovo doesn't sell the primary drive wrapper as a separate part.  You have to buy another primary drive to get it.  I have several at this point because we've been buying extras since our initial T60p days.