Hitachi has released world’s highest capacity 2.5-inch mobile hard drive with 500GB storage capacity. The Travelstar 5K500 is poised to usher in a new era of “slim” desktops, full-featured notebooks, gaming consoles and other advanced applications for consumers on-the-go. The new drives are well-suited for use in slim desktops, where users are seeking high-capacities in a space-saving, small form factor enclosure. The 5400rpm Travelstar 5K500 supports 3.0Gb/s Serial ATA (SATA) interface and stores up to 500 hours of digital video, 178 feature length movies, 250 games or 125,000 four-minute songs. What’s more, Hitachi has already cracked a deal with ASUS under which the latter will integrated Hitachi’s Travelstar 5K500 hard drive into its new M50 and M70 notebook PCs. The M70 offers max storage capacity of 1TB in a two-drive configuration.

The Travelstar 5K500 is among Hitachi’s most technically advanced and robust family of drives and includes an array of innovative features, such Hitachi-patented Rotational Vibration Safeguard (RVS) technology. RVS is designed for today’s full-featured notebooks that commonly include premium speakers for enhancing the movie, music and gaming experience. These speakers however, can inadvertently cause vibrations within the system enclosure. To mitigate any adverse impact on system performance, the Travelstar 5K500 uses RVS as an “early warning” system for the drive, enabling it to sense a possible disturbance in advance and take the necessary steps to stabilize the drive head and avoid any disruptions. Additionally, the Travelstar 5K500 drives feature 400Gs of shock protection to further safeguard user data from falls, bumps and rough handling.

The Travelstar 5K500 drives also feature optional Bulk Data Encryption (BDE) for hard drive level data security. Previously, data on a hard drive could be protected either through software-based encryption or a system-level password. However, hard-drive level encryption provides improved performance and a higher level of security than any of the previously available options. BDE models ship exclusively with a 1.5Gb/s SATA interface.

Consumers have begun to demand environmentally responsible products in all aspects of their lives. Hitachi has designed the Travelstar 5K500 to address these requirements without compromising performance for power efficiency, or vice versa. While the Travelstar 5K500 uses a three-disk design to deliver up to 500GB of capacity, the new drives are extremely energy-efficient, with a power profile nearly identical to its two-disk predecessor, the Travelstar 5K250. The new drives feature a 1.9 watt read/write power draw and their 0.7 watt low power idle means longer battery life for more “unplugged” notebook time.

The Travelstar 5K500 will be available worldwide in February.

Source : PC Launches