Hitachi touts greenest 500GB laptop hard drive
Very secure too, apparently
Hitachi's Global Storage Technologies division today punted what it claimed is the industry's least power-hungry mobile hard drive in its capacity class.
The Travelstar 5K500.B is a half-a-terabyte, dual-platter boy that packs its 500GB of raw storage into the laptop-friendly 2.5in form-factor. It runs at 5400rpm.
Touting the new Travelstar's "green" credentials, Hitachi said the unit has a read/write power consumption of just 1.4W - "lower than any other 500GB 2.5in hard drive on the market today".
Hitachi was also keen to point out the HDD's optional drive-level encryption facility, in the process claiming another first: support for the Trusted Computing Group's upcoming Storage Security standard.
The Travelstar 5K500.B will start shipping around the globe next month. An always-running enterprise version will debut at the end of Q1 2009.
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I could be massively more interested in my longer lasting battery.
I'd like to know how much power it would save, and how many more polar bears will have homes thanks to this "green" invention.
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One leads to the other, but it's not the motivation for lower power hard drives, as this article implied. In fact, the drive discussed is green for other reasons - it's halogen-free, according to more comprehensive reports floating about the web.
Surely one leads to t'other: better battery life = longer charge intervals = less power consumed ...
Surely the benefit of low power consumption in laptop hard drives is about extending battery life, not about being eco-friendly?