HGST (Hitachi Global Storage Technologies), now part of Western Digital, introduces its new line of CinemaStar 2.5-inch hard drives for small form factor media PC and AV devices. The new family includes the 7mm z-height Z7K500 and Z5K500, and the budget-friendly C5K1000. All these CinemaStar hard drives feature the SmoothStream technology for efficient performance.
The CinemaStar Z7K500 is the industry’s first one-disk, 7mm, 7200 RPM, 2.5-inch drive designed for high-performance A/V streaming. Its slim form factor makes it ideal for use on multi-tuner DVRs and STBs. It uses SATA 6Gbps interface and comes with 32MB buffer. In addition to 500GB model, there are also 320GB and 250GB capacities.
The CinemaStar Z5K500 is also a one-disk 7mm 2.5-inch drive, but it operates at 5400RPM. It uses only 1.4 watts power during read/write, and operates quietly with a barely audible sound at 1.9 idle bels. The Z5K500 also comes in 500GB, 320GB and 250GB capacities.
The CinemaStar C5K1000 comes in standard 9.5mm 2.5-inch form factor and offers up to 1TB of capacity. It runs at 5400RPM, and delivers read/write power as low as 1.5W and a quiet operation at 2.4 bels idle. There are also 750GB and 640GB models.