- Brand Name: HGST
- Model Number: 0S00157
- Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
- Hardware Platform: PC
- Form Factor: 2.5"
HGST Travelstar 2.5-Inch 500GB 7200R PM SATA II 16 MB Cache Internal Hard Drive (0S00157)
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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.Read more ›
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.
(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.
(1) Really can't think of any.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Used as an internal drive for my Macbook Pro Unibody for two years before upgrading to SSD. Now has been my clone backup drive for 3 years or so. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Cort
I am very pleased that bought it I'm glad that the quality is excellent and all the normal. Love itPublished on April 13, 2013 by Patiko84
it's stable and not that noisy.
I have used if for a year and it works still fine although it's dead after my laptop fell down to the floor.
I bought this product to replace the original HD that came with my MacBook Pro.
It worked great for 13 months until it started making "grinding" noises and failed,... Read more
buy it last year, and replace my OEM hard-disk from my Thinkpad T60, the heating and vibration is little bit larger than my old one
good quality, used for one year and still... Read more
Hard drive failed after only 6 months. (huge amounts of read errors and clicking) This is now the second time I have had a hitachi die inside of a year. Back to WD for me.Published on May 6, 2011 by Daniel Gray
This drive worked fine...for about 15 months. Then it died. Ridiculous--that should not be the lifespan of a drive. Next time I'll stick with LaCie.Published on May 4, 2011 by Matthew Ingram
This drive was purchased as a replacement for the stock drive in a 2006 MacBook. Installation was easy, although that is largely due to the computer. The drive is silent. Read morePublished on May 4, 2011 by P. Stensrud
I'm not at a point where I can justify the extra cost of a large SSD. I also need something that has room to store tons of photos and videos when I'm working on the road, too. Read morePublished on January 12, 2011 by Digital Donkey