Consumer hard drive reviews include 2.5" HDDs with 5mm, 7mm or 9.5mm z-heights and 3.5" form factor hard drives. The consumer hard drive review category also includes solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) reviews which focus on hard drives united with flash storage for caching and better overall performance.
by Josh Linden

HGST Ships 320GB Endurastar J4K320 Automotive Hard Drive

HGST today announced it is shipping a new Endurastar J4K320 single-platter 320GB hard drive, the highest capacity drive in the Endurastar lineup as well as the largest capacity automotive HDD now on the market. The JK4320 represents the sixth generation of HGST automotive and industrial drive technology, and the second generation to incorporate the company’s proprietary Thermal Fly-height Control technology to improve performance across the broad range of altitude and thermal conditions experienced in the field.

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by Josh Linden

Seagate’s Mobile Enablement Kit to Feature 5mm-thick 500GB Ultra Mobile HDD

Seagate today announced details about its new Ultra Mobile HDD, designed as part of a Mobile Enablement Kit that aimed at manufacturers of tablets and other portable devices. At 5mm thick and 3.3oz in weight, the 2.5" Ultra Mobile HDD is set to allow tablets to incorporate storage capacity on par with a laptop. Leveraging a system-integrated flash cache module to improve performance, shock tolerance, and power consumption, the Mobile Enablement Kit is positioned to provide a high capacity and affordable alternative to mobile devices that rely exclusively on flash storage.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

WD Red 4TB HDD Review (WD40EFRX)

WD's Red 4TB HDD expands on the company's current offering with 33% more raw storage capacity than previously available in the same 3.5" form factor with a 6Gb/s SATA interface. The WD Red line also features 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB models, but now consumers and small businesses with one- to five-bay NAS units can install or upgrade to the full 4TB maximum, the most robust storage capacity in the industry. Other standard features with the Red 4TB are a 64MB cache and WD's Intellipower low power spindle. This Intellipower technology is significant as drives in this segment experience continuous 24x7 operation and are required to consume minimal amounts of energy in order to reduce costs.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

WD Red 2.5" 1TB HDD Review (WD10JFCX)

The WD Red family of NAS-tuned hard drives is a perfect example of the ways mature technology like the hard drive can continue to be specialized for new applications. Today WD has announced new additions to the Red lineup; two 2.5-inch drives, which will be the first drives of that form factor on the market that are optimized for use with small network attached storage. If WD is correct in their market assessment, there will be a growing demand for small form factor NAS devices, and developing Red HDDs in the smaller form factor will give the company a head start.

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by Josh Shaman

Toshiba SSHD Review (MQ01ABDH)

The Toshiba MQ01ABDH is a SSHD that ranges up to 1TB in capacity, features performance assisted by 32MB of DRAM as a buffer and 8GB of Toshiba's own NAND flash, and comes in a slim 7mm (MQ01ADFH) or standard 9.5mm (MQ01ABDH) form factor. As with almost all other HDDs hitting the market these days, the MQ01ABDH spins at 5,400RPM, which helps to reduce power consumption which matches the intended applications. Since the Toshiba SSHDs (which is how they'll be referenced in this review) are shipping in both the slim and standard form factors, the drives are primarily designed for thin and light notebooks where users want to leverage the transfer rates of SSDs without making the sacrifice of surrendering several hundred gigabytes of storage.

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by Josh Shaman

Toshiba 7mm SSHD Announced (MQ01ABFH)

Toshiba is announcing its new MQ01ABFH series 7mm slim SSHD which comes in 320 and 500GB capacities, utilizes Toshiba NAND, and rounds out the Toshiba 2.5" form factor SSHD line. Toshiba has previously announced their 9.5mm SSHD from the MQ01ABDH series that delivers 750GB and 1TB capacities. These new SSHDs provide users with the capacity they need while still delivering plenty of throughput for multimedia and gaming applications. As with other Toshiba SSHDs, the 7mm MQ01ABFH series uses self-learning, caching algorithms to optimize performance based on what the users' access patterns are. As for the physical design, at the 9.5mm and 7mm z-Heights, these new SSHDs fit in ultrathin and thin notebooks.

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by Josh Shaman

HGST Travelstar 7K1000 Review

The HGST Travelstar 7K1000 is a 1TB, 7,200RPM HDD that comes in a 2.5", 9.5mm form factor and interfaces over SATA 6Gb/s. The Travelstar 7K1000 is fairly unique in the space. Many drives are migrating to slimmer z-Heights at 7mm or even 5mm to meet the needs of space-constrained applications such as upgrading HDDs in ultrabooks. However, the 7K1000's target is a larger market - consumers that require robust capacity in their notebook computer or small form factor desktop at an economical price. Matching well with notebooks, the drive also features low power consumption and the highest shock tolerance in the industry. The 7K1000 also leverages Advanced Format which increased the physical sector size from 512 to 4096 bytes (4k). This helps to improve capacity and error correction capabilities.

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by Josh Shaman

WD Blue Slim 1TB HDD Review

The WD Blue Slim is a 7mm, 2.5" hard drive that fits many form-factor limiting applications such as implementation in ultra-thin notebook computers, and it does so while being one of the first 7mm drives offered at the robust 1TB capacity-point. The 5,400 RPM Blue Slim, which ships ranging from 320GB to 1TB, demonstrates WD's continual commitment to driving innovation in this segment. Previously the 2.5" portable hard drives required three platters and a 9.5mm form factor to hit the 1TB mark; WD's new 500GB platters open up the opportunity for smaller form factors. Nowhere is this more obvious in the New Blue Slim and the recently released 5mm WD Blue UltraSlim which comes in at the industry's thinnest height at 5mm while still delivering 500GB of capacity.

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by Josh Shaman

Seagate NAS HDD Announced

Seagate is announcing their new NAS HDD which is a drive custom-designed for one to five-bay NAS systems and is offered in capacities up to 4TB. Seagate is offering the drive now as many NAS are sold bare, or diskless, leaving the consumer or organization with the work of finding the right drive. The 4TB option meets the growing demand for greater storage and joins in with other drives that have increased their capacity by around 30%. That means the NAS HDD can hold over 819k photos, 1 million songs or around 500 hours of HD video. Further, the NAS HDD is enjoying great support from a wide-range of NAS vendors.

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by Josh Shaman

WD Announces WD Blue Availability

The world's thinnest 1TB HDD, the WD Blue 7mm, 2.5" form factor drive, is now in shipment having been designed to meet the requirements of form-factor constrained applications such as ultra-thin notebooks. The drive is shipping in capacities that range from 320GB to 1TB, all in the 7mm height. The WD Blue also features compatibility with the industry-standard 9.5mm form factor to enhance implementation possibilities. Previously the drive came in that 9.5mm height, but WD managed to get two 500GB platters into this form factor while still maintaining reliability. The WD Blue also packs a range of features to ensure the drive's integrity and reliability.

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