Hitachi announced this week that it has begun shipments of its fourth-generation 7,200 RPM mobile hard drive, the Travelstar 7K320. According to Hitachi's claims, this new 320GB hard drive is not only 12% faster than its predecessor, it uses 22% less power.
Continuing its longstanding tradition of delivering superior performance with no sacrifices required, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) today began shipment of its fourth-generation 7,200 RPM mobile hard drive, the Travelstar 7K320. The new drive delivers 60 percent higher capacity than its predecessor, while improving application performance by 12 percent and power consumption by 22 percent. The drive's quiet acoustics improve the experience of watching movies or listening to music on a notebook PC. The 2.5-inch drive is offered with optional Bulk Data Encryption for users wanting increased data security. Hitachi also plans to ship enhanced-availability (EA) models, designed to provide high-capacity storage for low-duty-cycle, 24x7 applications.

The performance attributes of the Travelstar 7K320 allow consumers to opt for a full-featured notebook or compact desktop model, while still achieving all the capacity and performance typically associated with a more traditional desktop PC. The new drives bring forth a number of essential features that are in strong demand from manufacturers of notebooks, compact desktops, gaming systems, blade servers and video surveillance systems. Some of these attributes include best-in-class operating shock protection of 400Gs, 5,400 RPM-equivalent power consumption and quiet acoustics.
The Travelstar 7K320 is shipping now and is expected to cost around $220. If you'd like to read more, Hitachi's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Transcend sent out a press release today, announcing its new external storage device, the StoreJet 35 Ultra. This aluminum enclosure is available with or without a hard drive and includes features such as an active cooling system and both eSATA and USB 2.0 interfaces.

Transcend Information, Inc (Transcend), a global leader in the digital storage industry, proudly introduces its eSATA / USB 2.0 external storage device - StoreJet 35 Ultra. Cool, fast and quiet, the StoreJet 35 Ultra is the ultimate way to add an extra SATA hard drive to virtually any computer for downloading, storing, transferring and backing up data. The StoreJet 35 Ultra measures 197.5mm by 127.5mm by 48mm and features a stylishly designed aluminum case designed specifically for modern 3.5-inch SATA hard drives. With two convenient connection options, the StoreJet 35 Ultra not only guarantees the fastest possible hard drive speeds with its 3.0Gb/s eSATA interface, but also assures maximum compatibility with all types of computers via its 480Mb/s USB 2.0 connection interface. While most 3.5-inch external hard drives are prone to data-loss and drive failure due to overheating, Transcend’s StoreJet 35 Ultra features an efficient active cooling system that includes an extra-quiet 80mm high-flow fan to keep its internal drive running cool and stable.
If you'd like to read more, Transcend's entire press release can be found here. Add a comment
Western Digital sent out a press release this morning, announcing the latest addition to its "Raptor" series of 10,000 RPM hard drives. The 2.5-inch VelociRaptor features a 300GB capacity, SATA 3 Gb/s interface and 16 MB cache. To keep it cool when installed in a desktop chassis, the drive is also enclosed in a 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink.

WD (NYSE: WDC) announced today that it is now shipping WD VelociRaptor hard drives, the next generation of its 10,000 RPM SATA "Raptor" series of drives. Designed with an enterprise-class foundation, the new WD VelociRaptor hard drive is modified specifically for PC and Mac enthusiasts and professional workstations. Destined to become the new high-performance favorite of these groups, the WD VelociRaptor hard drive comes packed with twice the capacity and a 35 percent performance increase over the previous generation.

From the bloodlines of the WD Raptor, the most popular hard drive for high-performance enthusiasts who demand the ultimate SATA drive, the WD VelociRaptor hard drive is built with enterprise-class mechanics and packs 300 GB of storage capacity into a 2.5-inch enterprise form factor. The 2.5-inch WD VelociRaptor drive is enclosed in the IcePack, a 3.5-inch mounting frame with a built-in heat sink -- a customization that fits the drive into a standard 3.5-inch system bay and keeps this powerful drive extra cool when installed in a high-performance desktop chassis.
The WD VelociRaptor is currently exclusive to Alienware and will be available on their high-performance ALX gaming desktop by the end of April. The drive will be available through other retailers in mid-May for $299.99. Full details can be found here. Add a comment
LaCie announced this week that it has increased the capacity of its Rugged Hard Disk to 500GB. The 500GB Rugged utilizes Hitachi's new Travelstar 5K500 hard disk and features a scratch-resistant aluminum shell and shock-resistant rubber bumper.

LaCie announced today that it has pushed mobile capacity limits by making available a new 500 gigabyte (GB) Rugged Hard Disk. Designed by Neil Poulton, the LaCie Rugged features a unique scratch-resistant aluminum shell and a shock-resistant rubber bumper to protect data against the everyday bumps, bruises and hard knocks of the real world, while protecting valuable data along the way.

Utilizing a state-of-the-art Hitachi Travelstar 5K500, 2.5-inch internal hard disk, LaCie was able to produce a product nearly identical in size to its previous Rugged offerings. The 500GB Rugged is available in USB 2.0 or a USB 2.0, FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 version for speedier data transfers. Bus-powered by either USB* or FireWire, the Rugged is designed to interact smoothly with any computer.
The 500GB Rugged is available now with prices starting at $299.99. Full details can be found here. Add a comment
Fujitsu has announced the launch of its MHZ2 CJ series of 2.5" hard disk drives. These new drives are available in capacities as high as 320GB and feature a 7200rpm rotation speed, 3.0 Gb/s Serial ATA interface and 256-bit AES hardware encryption. The MHZ2 CJ series also uses an advanced secure erase feature which can wipe the entire drive in less than a second.
Fujitsu Limited today announced the release of the MHZ2 CJ Series of 320 GB(1) 2.5" hard disk drives with automatic hardware-based encryption to effectively secure data against theft or loss, along with the industry's highest rotational speed of 7200-rpm and a 3.0 Gb/s Serial ATA interface(2). The new series of drives for computers and external storage devices will be available at the end of May 2008.

This series is the first hard disk drive in the world to support the 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)(3). The drive implements the AES hardware encryption directly into the processor chip of the hard disk drive, resulting in more robust security and faster system performance than software-based encryption.

All data stored on the hard disk drive can be erased instantly, in less than a second, using the advanced secure erase feature. For public institutions and companies that handle large amounts of personal and other confidential data, this dramatically lowers the time and cost involved in wiping clean the hard drives of computers that are disposed of or reused.
While Fujitsu has not announced a price, the company plans to begin shipments at the end of May. Full details can be found here. Add a comment