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Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000 and Travelstar 5K1000 Released Inside New G-Tech G-DRIVE and G-RAID

by Lyle Smith

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) announced two new hard drives for their G-Tech product line including the G-RAID, G-DRIVE, and G-DRIVE mobile. The new hard drives added to the lineup consist of the 2.5-inch 1TB Travelstar 5K1000 and the 3.5-inch 4TB Deskstar 7K4000, which are both designed exclusively for the Mac and content creation community. Both of these hard drives will offer SATA 6Gb/s interfaces, with transfer speeds exceeding 200MB/s on the 7200RPM Deskstar 7K4000.


Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) announced two new hard drives for their G-Tech product line including the G-RAID, G-DRIVE, and G-DRIVE mobile. The new hard drives added to the lineup consist of the 2.5-inch 1TB Travelstar 5K1000 and the 3.5-inch 4TB Deskstar 7K4000, which are both designed exclusively for the Mac and content creation community. Both of these hard drives will offer SATA 6Gb/s interfaces, with transfer speeds exceeding 200MB/s on the 7200RPM Deskstar 7K4000.

Hitcachi’s Travelstar 5K1000 is a 1TB 2.5-inch drive with a 6GB/s SATA interface and delivers the best 5,400 RPM performance in both PCMark Vantage and PCMark 7 testing; a first for its class. The G-DRIVE mobile model supports both USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 connectivity, while the G-DRIVE mobile USB model offers ubiquitous USB 2.0. Both drives are bus powered so an external AC power supply is not needed. The G-Technology G-DRIVE mobile USB drive is set to ship sometime in January in limited supplies to online and retail stores with a suggested retail price of $179.99 USD for 1TB and $149.99 USD for 750GB. The 1TB G-DRIVE mobile will ship in the first quarter of ‘12 with an MSRP of $199.99.

Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 Specifications:

  • Interface SATA 6Gb/s
  • Capacity: 640GB, 750GB, 1TB
  • Sector size: 512e
  • Max. areal density (Gbits/sq. in.) 694
  • Data buffer: 8MB
  • Rotational speed: 5400RPM
  • Media transfer rate: 125MB/s
  • Interface transfer rate: 600MB/s
  • Error rate (non-recoverable, bits read): 1 in 1014
  • Load/unload cycles: 600,000
  • Power Requirements
    • Startup: 4.5W
    • Seek: 1.8W
    • Read / Write: 1.6W
    • Performance idle: 1.5W
    • Active idle: 0.8W
    • Low power idle: 0.5W
    • Standby: 0.2W
    • Sleep: 0.1W
    • Idle: 6.9W
  • z-height: 9.5mm
  • Dimensions (width x depth, mm, typical) 70 x 100
  • Weight: 102g
  • Idle: 2.4 bels

G-Technology’s G-RAID and G-DRIVE solutions will now feature Hitachi’s 4TB, 7,200 RPM Deskstar 7K4000 hard drives. The new 7K4000 drive uses a 6GB/s SATA interface and 64MB cache buffer aiding the G-DRIVE and G-RAID solutions in providing quick access to data. Both G-Technology external drives offer 3Gbit eSATA, FireWire 800 (FireWire 400 via included cable) and USB2.0 ports, which will provide significant flexibility. They are also formatted for Mac OS X systems out of the box and are Time Machine ready. To prepare the drives for use with Windows platforms, only a basic initialization is required.

Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000 Specifications:

  • Interface SATA 6Gb/s
  • Capacity: 4TB
  • Sector size: 512e
  • Max. areal density (Gbits/sq. in.) 446
  • Data buffer: 64MB
  • Rotational speed: 7200RPM
  • Media transfer rate: 205MB/s
  • Interface transfer rate: 600MB/s
  • Error rate (non-recoverable, bits read): 1 in 1014
  • Load/unload cycles: 600,000
  • Requirement +5 VDC (+/-5%) +12 VDC (+10%/-8%)
  • Startup current (A, max.) 1.2 (+5V), 2.0 (+12V)
  • Idle: 6.9W
  • z-height: 26.1mm
  • Dimensions (width x depth, mm, typical) 101.6 x 147
  • Weight: 690g
  • Idle: 2.9 bels

Some their features include:

G-RAID

  • Dual drive RAID 0 storage solution with capacities up to 8TB.
  • Supports simultaneous playback of multiple layers of HDV, DVCPRO HD, XDCAM HD and ProRes 422 HQ with the leading video editing applications including Final Cut Pro™, Adobe® Premiere® and more.
  • Capable of delivering up to 200 MB/second transfer rate when connected to any Mac or PC via eSATA.
  • Soft-touch On/Off switch and thermo-regulated “smart” fan keeps the G-RAID reliable, cool and quiet in the editing suite.

The G-RAID is will ship sometime in the first quarter of ’12 and the 8TB model will have an MSRP of $899.99.

G-DRIVE

  • Capacities of up to 4TB.
  • Features a fan-less cooling system for a quiet operation.

The 4TB G-Technology G-DRIVE is set to ship in limited quantities in the first quarter of ’12 as well. The suggested retail pricing will be $449.99 for 4TB, $349.99 for 3TB, $249.99 for 2TB and $199.99 for 1TB.

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