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Travelstar Z5K500 is the second generation 7mm, 5400 RPM 2.5-inch hard drive from Hitachi, with capacities ranging from 250GB to 500GB, and the second generation Advanced Format drive. Advanced Format increases the physical sector size on HDDs from 512 bytes to 4,096 (4K) bytes, which improves drive capacities and error correction capabilities. The 500GB per platter, one-disk models are designed as a direct replacement for standard 9.5mm HDDs, for use in notebook PCs, external storage and gaming consoles, as well as new, thinner and more robust device designs. The Z5K500 carries the EcoTrac classification due to its low-power consumption and eco-friendly, halogen-free production. Travelstar Z5K500 delivers the right balance of capacity, power-management and design flexibility to meet the needs of mobile applications.
Good drive for the price.
Pros: This is a solid drive and an excellent warranty.
Cons: Granted there are a few bad drives out there. But between newegg rma and the 3 year warranty from hitachi you will get a new one within a couple of weeks.
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Terrible drive, failed within a month
Cons: Terrible quality
Other Thoughts: I bought this drive to replace the original Hitachi drive which failed in a Toshiba notebook. This new drive failed within 30 days of installation. Since it was not eligible for RMA to Newegg, I had to RMA it to Hitachi GST at my own cost , nearly $20.
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“This is a solid drive and an excellent warranty.”— 6/27/2012
“Terrible quality”— grumpy 4/10/2012