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Hitachi Deskstar P7K500  (Source: Hitachi GST)
Hitachi goes very green by implementing features to greatly reduce hard disk drive power consumption in the latest Deskstar line

It's rare to find hard disk drive manufacturers focusing on anything other than increasing the speed and capacity of its products because those are the two features consumers look for in hard disk drive products. Hitachi has taken another approach to improving its hard drives by developing drives with reduced power consumption; specifically up to a 40 percent decrease in consumption.

Hitachi introduced the Deskstar P7K500 line of desktop hard disk drives today which contain a number of technologies to reduce power consumption. The first technology Hitachi has implemented in the P7K500 line is the HiVERT technology for a more efficient conversion of voltage. This technology has been borrowed from the Travelstar line of laptop drives along with the more power-efficient profile which allows the drive to handle power saving features better than traditional desktop drives and more like today's mobile drives.

Hitachi has also implemented its Advanced Power Management capabilities which have given the Deskstar line more efficient power handling when idle for generations now. The last feature is Hitachi's patented load/unload technology explained below:
  • Unload idle – The heads are safely unloaded to the ramp and the servo is shut off; this mode delivers power savings of 11 percent better than idle mode.
  • Low RPM idle – The heads are safely unloaded to the ramp, the servo is shut off and the spindle motor RPM is reduced; this setting achieves power savings of 44 percent better than idle mode.
The Deskstar P7K500 line will come in capacities of 250GB, 320GB, 400GB, and 500GB. The technical details are listed below.

Hitachi plans to launch the new P7K500 line during this last quarter of 2007 in mass quantities. Pricing information has not yet been released but we're thinking numbers won't be too much higher than current Deskstar models with similar capacities.

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And I thought...
By DeepBlue1975 on 10/22/2007 6:51:10 PM , Rating: 2
I thought this article was about SSD drives as soon as I read about power saving...

This could help in enterprise environments, but for a single desktop user, I bet that most of the DIY will take performance over power consumption any day (I guess this drive isn't focused on being fast as much as on being energy efficient...).

I'm just waiting till SSD drives get cheaper to spend really big bucks on an HDD. Till then, I'll settle for good performance, good size, cheap HDD drives.

By now I have a 300gb one which, coupled with a dvd burner and some patience, serves me well enough. I'll just think of changing it when it approaches its EOL (that is 3-4 years according to my personal preference)

RE: And I thought...
By Alexvrb on 10/22/2007 7:21:52 PM , Rating: 2
Ah but you see, if you're looking for a performance drive, then the best affordable consumer solution is either a cheap RAID 0, a single Raptor drive, or even a RAID 0 of two Raptors. In the case of a RAID 0 array, I wouldn't want my media on the array, for a Raptor you just don't have the capacity.

So the idea is that you could have one fast drive or array for OS and installed apps, and 1+ storage drives (possibly in a RAID 1, 5, etc array for redundancy). In a case like this, the power efficient drives run cooler and eat less power. Both are big bonuses if you either have a lot of drives or the mass storage drives are packed together tightly.

They'd also be good in SFF low power boxes, such as (but not limited to) media center PCs. Now granted, if they were more affordable, it would be even better to go solid state, but the lowest end (affordable-ish) solid state drives right now are too expensive for the capacity and poor speed they provide.

RE: And I thought...
By LogicallyGenius on 10/23/2007 4:50:08 AM , Rating: 1
Actually a PC today must have two drives.

One for super fast operations like cache or temp files and swap files/partitions.

Second for cheap mass storage.

RE: And I thought...
By phusg on 10/23/2007 7:50:54 AM , Rating: 1
Thanks for proving the statement
Talent Borrows, Genius Steals

RE: And I thought...
By ivanwolf on 10/22/2007 10:17:29 PM , Rating: 2
Not every DIY machine needs the most blazing fast drives. I will be building a Home Server in Jan/Feb, and now there is a second choice to the WD green drives. Since it will go into a closet where all of my cabling terminates, I can use all of the power and heat savings I can find.

RE: And I thought...
By DeepBlue1975 on 10/23/2007 7:53:40 AM , Rating: 2
of course not, but I guess most DIY people out there thinking about a desktop PC with a single drive will look for performance / storage capacity first and power savings in the last place.

I don't think its a bad move, on the contrary, I think it certainly has a niche market (how nicheish will depend on how more expensive these drives will come compared to normal ones).

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