Hitachi Travelstar 7K750-750 750GB SATA II HDD
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We have seen more hard disk drive models get released inside 2011 than any other year and that only translates as something positive for the end user not only because of the many products one can choose from and at the right price but also because you can find exactly what you need to cover your needs. So you can opt for an entry level SATA II/III hard disk drive, go for one of the high-end SATA III models or you can take it all the way and choose the rather expensive SAS enterprise class units. Yesterday we tested the latest Seagate Savvio 10K.5 SAS 900GB 2.5" HDD which as expected was not only a lot faster than its normal SATA II/III counterparts largely thanks to its rotational speed of 10000RPM but also a lot more expensive. Today we will be taking things down a notch and will be taking a look at the latest 2.5" offering by Hitachi, the latest Travelstar 7K750-750 750GB HDD.
Hitachi GST was formed in 2003 from the strategic merger of the storage technology businesses within IBM Corporation and Hitachi, Ltd. Since that time, the company has built on the heritage of both industry pioneers to grow profitably as a major contributor in the global storage industry. The company has worked to bring a customer-focused and full-service approach to its storage solutions. In doing so, the company has set a high standard for product and service excellence with world-class operations, substantial technical knowledge and a comprehensive customer support infrastructure.
At first glance the only thing that may alienate some of you is the fact that the Travelstar 7K750-750 is based on the SATA II interface and not on the latest and faster SATA III. However what most people fail to realize is that with a maximum transfer speed of 300MB/s SATA II is still more than just sufficient for mechanical drives which in most cases are unable to even break the 200MB/s mark. That aside what really impressed us during testing was not the fact that the Travelstar 7K750-750 proved to be faster than similar 2.5" SATA II drives (and even 3.5" ones if you check the graphs from our other 3.5" unit reviews) but also that it managed to outperform the latest Constellation.2 1TB 2.5" SATA III drive by Seagate which costs over twice as much. Of course build quality is also a factor and the Constellation.2 series are considered as amongst the best units in the field at that but for casual users and for most users in general things like price and performance are what matters the most and as you will see later on the Travelstar 7K750-750 simply excels in both.