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HGST Travelstar 2.5-Inch 500GB 7200R PM SATA II 16 MB Cache Internal Hard Drive (0S00157)

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  • Boost performance and increase the capacity of your laptop
  • Advanced power-saving technology helps your laptop last longer between charges
  • Proven 4th generation technology for rock solid reliability
  • Exceptional protection against bumps and rough handling
  • Full replacement, worry-free limited warranty

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: HGST, a Western Digital Company
  • Model: 0S00157
  • Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
  • Hardware Platform: PC
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.2 x 8 inches ; 0.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002FYJQB8
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: 0S00157
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 22, 2003

Product Description

Reliable, high-capacity storage for mobile applications. Travelstar 5K500.B, a 5400 RPM, 250GB/platter, 2.5-inch hard drive with capacities ranging from 120GB to 500GB, is designed for use in notebook PCs, external storage, gaming consoles and other mobile applications. The 5K500.B demonstrates Hitachi’s ecological leadership with its halogen-free production and focus on low power consumption, and carries the EcoTrac classification. The 5K500.B elevates hard drive reliability with the industry’s first Iterative Detection Read Channel for improved signal processing. Hitachi offers optional hard-drive-level encryption for increased data security and enhanced availability models to deliver high-capacity storage for non-stop environments. Travelstar 5K500.B delivers the balance of capacity, ruggedness and low-power to meet the needs of consumers and commercial users in a footprint. Highlights - 500GB capacity, Lowest power consumption in its class, Shock Resistance – Protection against bumps and rough handling, Halogen-free for footprint, Encryption Security – Optional hardware-level data encryption, Serial ATA 3Gb/s

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On the Macbook Pro 13.3, the installation was easy.
JCedeno
When I called Hitachi they said that it sounded like the drive was going bad -- send it back and we'll replace it free under warranty.
Glen B. Goldstein
It is whisper quiet and much faster than my previous drive.
Bart A. Robinson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Wavey Davey on February 19, 2010
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Hitachi HD's always deliver amazing performance, and this Retail Boxed 2.5" 7200RPM 500GB SATA II notebook drive does not disappoint! Using HD Tune Pro 3.50 I charted my example from more than 100MB/sec (Actual 108MB/sec) for the highest speed it reads to a low of just less than 50MB/sec, for an average across the volume of 80.5MB/sec. That makes this HD the fastest 2.5" notebook 7200RPM HD I've ever tested, and I've tested a bunch of them--all good mind you, but this Hitachi 16mb Cache 7200RPM 500GB SATA II HD is simply the King of the Hill @ 80.5MB/sec average speed across the whole volume...just incredible!

I have uploaded the image of that performance here at Amazon.com so you can see it for yourselves, because it should be seen to be believed, and I've done that for all of you to see just how good this HD really is. The seek speed is 17.9MB.sec across the volume, which does *not* beat a Western Digital Scorpio Black 7200RPM 320GB HD, but it has less area to cover in terms of overall size, and it is a good 15-20MB/sec slower overall than the Hitachi is, @ just over 64/MB/sec for its top speed.

The other nice characteristic of Hitachi notebook HD's is their acoustical noise, or rather a lack of it, and this HD doesn't disappoint there either, as it's virtually silent as it goes about it business, reading and writing in my Asus UL30Vt-X1 13.3" notebook. In fact I cannot hear a thing from the Hitachi HD, it's that silent, doesn't make even a whirring noise, just is silent as can be for a HD...so Kudos for Hitachi Global Storage for making this the best 7200RPM 2.5" HD in the world today.

I can't stress enough how good this retail boxed HD really is, but with 16GB Cache and a fast 7200RPM speed, it really makes mincemeat out of any reading or writing assignment.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Wunt on November 25, 2009
You will not find a better laptop hard drive for your money.

Keep in mind that most (if not all) laptops will require the 2.5" size. Drives 3.5" are usually meant for desptops. Factor in that this runs at 7200 rpms and has 500gb capacity it's currently the best laptop replacement drive out there for the sub $80 price range.

PROs:
(1) The only alternative to Seagate's 500gb 7200rpm model embarassment (AFAIK). Western Digital does not make a 2.5" 500gb 7200rpm drive at the time of this review.
(2) Will fit my macbook pro.
(3) Does indeed have 16mb cache (memory buffer) - putting this in here as one reviewer [...] was complaining that this has no cache. It does. Look at the hitachi website product descriptor if you must.

Cons:
(1) Really can't think of any.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sea Stew on February 10, 2010
I primarily purchased the Travelstar(tm) 7K500 due to my concern of the high oscillation level of the OEM supplied 7200 RPM WD 160GB (including the upgraded WD 320GB 7200 RPM drive) in my Dell D Series Latitude. The WD's are quality products (fast, and reliable data transfer); however, the design of the Latitude D Series lacks any HD carriage dampening (HD mounts directly to the notebook chassis and SATA connector w/o shock/vibration dampers). As an Engineer, I was greatly concerned on the long-term effect of rotational resonance which could result in premature component failure). After reading positive comments on the Hitachi 7200 RPM 500GB drive, my hope was that the Hitachi would mitigate the poor Latitude H/D carriage design. The results after installing the Hitachi are superb. I highly recommend this quality product.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Porter on July 5, 2010
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I purchased this drive to replace the original in 100GB 5400RPM HDD in my 2006 MacBook Pro, as I had been running low on space for a long time. I decided to replace my hard drive myself, which is not too difficult if you have a little electronics experience. If you want to do this yourself instructions can be found on iFixit.com.

Here's where the problem comes in; if you have an original MacBook Pro (the ones with the silver keys, not the newer unibody ones) the cable that connect to the Bluetooth chip and the IR remote receiver goes directly over where the breather hole is on this drive (which should not be covered). See this image from iFixit for a visual of this cable: [...]

Covering the breather hole can cause the hard drive to fail, and fast, so I had to get a little creative with the cable. I do not recommend doing this.

Since installing this hard drive I have noticed a dramatic increase in the speed of starting up, opening files and shut down on my MBP, and the extra storage is great. However, it's not worth the difficult instal, or the risk of hard drive failure when there are other drives available that work just as well. If you have an original MBP and want to replace your hard drive I highly recommend choosing a different drive that doesn't have the breather hole in the same place.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Glen B. Goldstein on August 31, 2010
I bought one of these for my Macbook and it's been great... until it started to make horrible noises after eight months. Don't get me wrong -- I understand that if you sell a million of anything there are bound to be a few bad ones in the batch, and that is NOT the source of my complaint.

When I called Hitachi they said that it sounded like the drive was going bad -- send it back and we'll replace it free under warranty.

I've owned Western Digital external drives that have gone bad (a LOT of WD drives that have gone bad...) but they DO offer one nice feature -- when the drive goes bad you can contact the company and give them your credit card number. They'll send you a new drive right away. After you get the new drive you return the bad one, and they credit your charge card.

When I asked Hitachi if they offered a similar program, they said no. I asked them how I was supposed to send back this internal drive full of my data and they suggested that I back it up to CDs or DVDs. This is a 500GB drive -- I would need a forklift to bring home enough CDs to back it up, and my entire small business would grind to a halt while I waited for the replacement. Yeah, I could transfer it all over to an external drive, but...

Of course none of this is a knock about Amazon, which continues to offer superb customer service in my book.

SO... my complaint is not that the drive has gone bad -- could happen to any brand. My complaint is that Hitachi hasn't found a good way to deal with returns if things do go wrong.

OK? OK!

G
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