1 August 2013 by Pragya Sinha
Hitachi, a Japanese multinational company, is a leading manufacturer of products related to electronics, Information and Telecommunication systems. HGST (Hitachi Global Storage Technologies) had been producing hard drives for enterprises, professional and personal use. In March 2012, HGST became a part of Western Digital Corporation but the marketing and selling of the products is still done independently by it.
Hitachi offers reasonably priced internal hard drives, there are external storage devices too though very few. Available in 2.5 inch and 3.5 inch form factors for notebooks and desktops respectively, these Hitachi hard drives are compatible with Windows, Mac and Unix. To make connection between the hard disks and the system there are interfaces viz. IDE/EIDE, SATA, SCSI, Fibre Channel and USB in these Hitachi hard drives.
Here we discuss the important features which must be taken into consideration while choosing the best Hitachi hard drive for you.
Hard drives have all your applications, photos, music, games and any random digital content stored on them. The capacity of your Hitachi hard drive decides how much you can store. It is wise to go for a hard disk with a storage capacity of at least 80 GB to accommodate the important content and backup software. If you need extra storage on the go then external USB hard drives from Hitachi with capacities of 500GB or more would serve the purpose, they are budget friendly too.
Hitachi is known for its performance hard drives and there are several aspects affecting the same. When you go through the specifications of these hard drives, remember to look at the spindle speed, data transfer speed and cache mentioned.
Low-cost performance drives from Hitachi have 5400 RPM spindle speed. If you need faster access to data and heating problem is not there in your computer, the 7200 RPM hard drive should be an obvious choice.
A cache buffer of at least 8MB would assist in faster data retrieval thereby delivering more performance.
You should opt for the Hitachi hard drives with external data transfer rates of 60 Mbps or more, this is the speed at which data is exchanged between the system and drive's internal buffer or cache. Among Hitachi external hard drives, USB 3.0 drives would do better as their transfer speed is more than that of Fibre Channel drives. But, opting for Hitachi internal hard drives which have SATA 3 interface would be beneficial as it is even faster than USB 3.0 hard drives.
We bring here a listing of the best Hitachi hard drives based on the opinions of major reviewers across the web. Go ahead and pick your data storage device now.