Hitachi GST: 500-GB mobile hard drive

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Company Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) today announced the availability of new mobile hard disk fifth-generation Hitachi Travelstar 7K500. This 2.5-inch HDD 500 GB, spindle speed 7200 RPM and SATA interface with speeds of 3 Gb / s is designed specifically for laptops, gaming consoles, and external storage professional level. According to the manufacturer, the new Travelstar 7K500 - the fastest hard drive in its class. Compared with the previous model hard drive capacity has grown by 56% and productivity by 16%.

The high cost and small size laptops and external storage devices become the cause of their frequent thefts. In this case, the data stored on these devices will be available to the attacker. To counteract this, the company Hitachi GST has always offered as an option to Travelstar mobile hard disk drive encryption technology - Bulk Data Encryption (BDE). Travelstar 7K500 - one of the first mobile hard disk, corresponding to the new standard of protection drives Opal, developed by an international organization Trusted Computing Group (TCG). This standard provides for data protection and notebook in case of system failures and theft.

When the function Hitachi BDE is active, the hard drive encrypts all data received from the operating system for carriers. When reading in the opposite direction Winchester decodes the information, and it becomes clear the system. The process of encryption does not affect the performance of the OS. When using BDE data encryption happens automatically, and the user does not need extra time to verify his information is protected or not. For corporate IT-managers, who control several operating systems, BDE also allows you to accelerate and simplify the process for resetting the hard drive. When deleting the encryption key data is unreadable, thus eliminating the need for long overwriting data.

Currently Travelstar 7K500 is available in a limited amount of the leading OEM-partners. The mass production of new mobile hard disk drive will begin later this month. Travelstar 7K500 will be available in capacities of 120 GB, 160 GB, 250 GB, 320 GB and 500 GB.