HGST Travelstar 7K1000 2.5-inch Mobile Hard Drive Review

Storage/HDD by stefan @ 2013-04-08

The Travelstar 7K1000 from HGST is a speedy and silent HDD that should fit in most laptops (has a height of 9.5mm) and offers 1TB of storage at our disposal. The drive features Advanced Format and also best-in-class shock tolerance.

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A Closer Look

Our HGST Travelstar 7K1000 sample has shipped as a bare drive, without any accessories:




The 7K1000 has a height of 9.5mm and on its top we can see listed lots of extra information; like on all 2.5’’ drives, we must avoid putting pressure on the top side of the drive. The Travelstar 7K1000 comes with two 500GB platters and features Advanced Format, which increased the physical sector size from 512 bytes to 4096 bytes (4K):




Here we can learn of its total storage capacity, the rotation speed, the power rating, supported SATA standard, firmware version and many more:




On the side of the drive we will see the mounting holes:




On the back we have the SATA Data/Power ports:




Here is also a look on the bottom side of the drive:




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Comment from danwat1234 @ 2013/05/30
Nice drive. Incremental performance increase is good but of course it's not a screamer by any means. I estimate that sequential transfer rates double for every 6x of density increasement and because density has stayed the same for years now, you would have to wait forever to get any significant performance boost versus these current drives.
It could be another year before WD releases a 2x500GB platter 7200RPM laptop drive who knows

I hope Seagate doesn't stay with the news that they are ditching 7200RPM laptop drives. I want a 1TB 7200RPM hybrid drive with 16 or 32GB of flash memory!