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Hitachi unveils 2.5-inch “half-terabyte” for mobile devices

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies today is set to introduce a 500GB, 2.5-in. hard disk drive for notebook computers, slim desktops and mobile devices.

According to the San Jose-based subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., the new Travelstar 5K500 disk drives can hold up to 125 hours of high-definition (HD) video, 500 hours of standard digital video, 178 feature-length non-HD movies or 125,000 four-minute songs. The 12.5 millimeter storage device can operate at speeds of up to 5,400 rpm and includes rotational vibration safeguards and a 3Gbit/sec. Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) interface.

The Travelstar 5K500 will be available in February for about $350 for a 400GB version and about $400 for a 500GB version, Hitachi said. Both versions incorporate three spinning disk configurations and perpendicular magnetic recording technology. A version of Travelstar 5K500 featuring a bulk data-encryption security option with a 1.5Gbit/sec. SATA interface will also ship in February, the company said.

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Hitachi, Terabyte, HDD, Hard Disk, Hard Drive, Notebook, Laptop, Slim Desktop, Mobile Devices, Travelstar 5k500, SATA, Data Encryption

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