Hitachi Announces Ultra-Slim 7mm hard drive, External HDD

"Hitachi has started shipping its new 500GB Travelstar Z5K500 ultra-slim HDD and has today announced the G-Drive External HDD based on these drives."

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Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) has started shipping its new 500GB Travelstar Z5K500 ultra-slim HDD and has today announced the G-Drive External HDD based on these drives. This is the industry’s highest capacity, 5400 RPM one-disk, 7mm z-height HDD and the company expects it to claim a lion’s share of the market in the months to come.

The industry is presently largely dependent on 2.5in, 9.5mm drives, which represent 22 percent of the market today. However, the demand for slimmer products is increasing day-by-day, and Hitachi’s new offering fits perfectly into this demand chain. At just 7mm, the new Travelstar Z5K500 is the industry’s only second-generation family of 5,400 RPM z-height drives.

Made available in capacities of 250GB, 320GB and 500GB, the Travelstar drives are perfectly capable of replacing the standard 9.5mm drives in all devices, be they external drives or laptops, netbooks or blade servers. The new drives from Hitachi are also highly cost effective and deliver the best cost per gigabyte and gigabyte per cubic millimeter compared to SSDs, 2.5in, and 1.8in 9.5mm HDDs.

In terms of power consumption, the drives run at a low 1.8W when in read/write mode and require just 0.55W when idle. The Travelstar HDDs are also super quite with noise levels of just 2.1 seek bels. An 8 MB cache and a Serial ATA 3 Gbps interface allow the drives to transfer data at break-neck speeds. As part of Hitachi’s second generation Advance Format drive, the Travelstar series has a physical sector size of 4,096 (4K) bytes, which adds to their capacity and error handling abilities.  

Hitachi is also offering an optional bulk data encryption (BDE) module with the Travelstar drives for the more security conscious users. This allows them to encrypt and decrypt data on the run as it is being written to or read from the disk.

Also introduced today is the new 500GB Travelstar Z5K500 based G-Technology G-Drive slim external hard disk. Leveraging the rugged 7mm Travelstar, the G-Drive slim is the world’s thinnest 500GB, 2.5in external HDD. Its ultra-thin package and sleek lines make the G-Drive slim an ideal complement to the Apple Macbook, Macbook Pro, and Macbook Air. Hitachi has made the G-Drive slim Time Machine ready to give it plug n’ play connectivity for Macs.

The Travelstar Z5K500 has already started shipping out to partners while the 500GB G-Technology G-Drive slim will become available with retailers in early Q1 2011. Pricing for both drives is yet to be announced.

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11-12-2010, 18:02:51

The extra cash will build a very nice dedicated i7/5xx Folding rig... :lol:

11-12-2010, 18:07:25

That's the spirit !

As for your girlfriend? you can't change what's inside.

My ex wife had passive aggressive disorder. In other words she was a nasty cow. I still have scars on my face to prove it. It took her about four years to show who she really was and after that it was just one thing after another. Her mother was also a nut case and I did my best to keep my wife away from her to no avail.

Remember mate this stuff isn't just what she picks up from her mother. It's genetic.

For a laugh. A few things that make single being great.

You can have a decent w**k. Women are terrible at it.

You can watch as much porn as you want to without being made to feel like you've just gassed a thousand jews.

You can have a great fart session in your room and don't have to hold anything back.

You can perv over any woman you like without fear of reprisal.

You can spend all of your money on yourself. Fiancee? no no, I think they just mispelt finance.

You don't end up feeling guilty over something you didn't do. Well, apart from if you have a really twisted fetish and always feel guilty about it after.

11-12-2010, 18:52:05


The extra cash will build a very nice dedicated i7/5xx Folding rig... :lol:

Be the first at OC3D to get an SR-2 rig folding! :D

And keep your head up Charlie, I can't say I know how you feel but I'm sure you will be feeling much better in due time.

12-12-2010, 07:54:18

Cheers guys. :)

And Alien, cheers for your PM. I'll get back to you asap. :)

12-12-2010, 08:05:25

No worries man. You don't have to reply unless you fancy a bit of moaning :D

12-12-2010, 08:13:10

yeah andy knows all about women troubles :lol:

12-12-2010, 08:50:24

Well the mistake not to make is to rush out and try and get back into a relationship and make things 'as they were'.

That was the mistake I made. 13 women in 11 months and I lived with one for four of those.

Problem is you're still angry and you're not over it and as soon as they do one thing to remind you of the last you'll rid of them. Still, the shagging was fun and I didn't even catch any incurable diseases (apart from glandular fever which sucked).

12-12-2010, 09:15:27


Little Kuppy does need some attention... :lol:

12-12-2010, 09:19:42



Little Kuppy does need some attention... :lol:

Totally off topic but :lol: :lol: :P

12-12-2010, 09:34:01

I screen capped it from an episode. It's the closest Homer and I have ever been. :lol:

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