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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.

Capacity:
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.

Performance:
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.

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Hitachi Touro Desk Pro

Hitachi Touro Desk Pro (HTOLDNB10001BBB) 1 TB USB 2.0 Hard Drive


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Hitachi Touro Desk Pro
Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro
Hitachi Travelstar 0J11563
Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000
Hitachi Travelstar 7K100
Hitachi Touro Desk Pro (HTOLDNB10001BBB) 1 TB USB 2.0 Hard Drive
Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro 750GB USB 3.0 Portable (HTOLMNA7501ABB) USB 2.0 Hard Drive
Hitachi Travelstar (0J11563) 750 GB SATA II Hard Drive
Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 HDS5C3020ALA632 2 TB SATA-600 Hard Drive
Hitachi Travelstar 7K100 80 GB SATA Hard Drive
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Release Date
Mar 2011
Mar 2011
Oct 2010
Nov 2010
Feb 2008
Capacity
1024.0 GB
750.0 GB
750.0 GB
2048.0 GB
80.0 GB
Designation
Desktop Computer
Laptop Computer
Desktop Computer
Laptop Computer
Enclosure
External
External
Internal
Internal
Internal
HDD Form Factor
3.5'
2.5'
3.5' x 1/3H (Low Profile)
2.5"
Interface
Serial ATA, USB
USB
Serial ATA
Serial ATA
Serial ATA
Spindle Speed
7200.0 RPM
7200.0 RPM
5400.0 RPM
5400.0 RPM
7200.0 RPM

  • The Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro portable drive is a fast and simple mobile storage option for those who want to carry around extra data.


  • The Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro hard drive makes a compelling play for your money by layering on the features, like connected cloud storage and data sharing, encryption, and easy system backup.


  • Hitachi's Touro Mobile Pro Portable Drive is a fast 500GB external drive with a 7200rpm spin speed and a USB 3.0 interface. It ships with easy-to-use back up software, which is well suited to anyone who knows they should back up their data but don't know where to start.


  • The Hitachi Touro Mobile Pro portable drive is a fast and simple mobile storage option for those who want to carry around extra data.

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    If you need a handy portable drive that matches your mobile iOS device, Hitachi's Touro Mobile Pro is a great choice. It's fast and also gives you some extra online storage, something most people would appreciate.


  • If you need a handy portable drive that matches your mobile iOS device, Hitachiâ??s Touro Mobile Pro is a great choice. Itâ??s fast and also gives you some extra online storage, something most people would appreciate.

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    When we consider the qualities we like to see in a "green" hard drive, the Deskstar 5K3000 2TB is middle of the road. Its energy efficiency is unable to touch WD's Caviar Green series, though it is a big improvement over Seagate's Barracuda Green/LP. The 5K3000 is a very quiet drive, but again, can't match the Caviar Greens, which are practically inaudible. Its vibration level isn't great, but as a single drive it shouldn't cause much anxiety if hard-mounted; for multiple drives, suspension is recommended.


  • Performance is typically one of the areas that suffers most for green classed hard drives. Hitachi's Deskstar 5K3000 seems to buck this trend by offering better performance than the competition in terms or reading and writing data to the drive. The downside is that it isn't as cool or quiet as the competition. It is still a good choice for those looking to add some extra storage space to a desktop for a great price for the 2TB model.


  • - Compared to other notebook replacement hard drives on the market, it is relatively inexpensive at around $115.
    - Its maximum internal data transfer rate of 78.6 MBps is moderately fast, compared to the typical hard drive.
    - This is a 7200 rpm drive and comes with an 8MB cache.

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    - Optimiza-tions in the femto-based actuator/suspension enable the 7K100 to endure 300Gs of operat-ing shock, 1,000Gs of non-operating shock and 600,000 load/unload cycles, contributing to the Travelstar 7K100’s highly durable and rugged design.

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    - The Deskstar 7K1000 turned in slightly less impressive performance on two other tests: copying files and folders, and copying very large files.