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Hitachi CinemaStar 7K1000.C (500 GB) Hard Disk Drive Review
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Hitachi CinemaStar 7K1000.C (500 GB) Hard Disk Drive

The Hitachi CinemaStar is an established family of hard disk drives with no less than five different models available. They are all targeted at consumer electronics (CE) applications, such as PVRs, DVRs and CCTV systems. Hence, they have a feature set that focuses on this segment :

  • Designed for on-demand digital video - Optimized to record multiple, simultaneous video streams, Hitachi SmoothStream technology supports the ATA‑7 streaming command set, and SCT provides time-limited error recovery and thermal monitoring capabilities. Because IT data and video streams have different throughput demands, AV-Zoning allows the definition of various error recovery procedures for predefined ranges of data blocks or zones to enable the system to effectively deliver critical data and time-sensitive video content from a single drive. Other features that help tailor this drive for streaming video applications include Read Continuous mode, which helps manage error recovery for video streams, and Media Maintenance enhancements, preventing track wear-out from around-the-clock operation.

  • Less power for cooler operation and longer life - Leveraging eighth generation power management technology, as well as power-saving HiVERT innovations pioneered on Hitachi 2.5-inch notebook drives, this new CinemaStar hard drive provides up to 18% idle power savings over the previous model, delivering best-in-class power management and thermal emissions.

  • Robust technology for a more sustainable environment -All CinemaStar products are enhanced with silent-seek acoustics to deliver bedroom-quiet operation, and the Hitachi patented load/unload ramp mechanism that helps prevent disk wear and protects the disk during non-operation.

This review will be looking at one of Hitachi's latest 7200 RPM CinemaStar model - the 500 GB CinemaStar 7K1000.C hard disk drive. Let's take a look!

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• HCS721050CLA382 (DS7SAC500)

Formatted Capacity

• 500,107,862,016 bytes

Guaranteed Sectors

• 976,773,168

Bytes Per Sector

• 512 bytes

Sectors Per Track

• 63


• 16,383

Max. Areal Density

• 352 Gbits/inch2


• 1 Platter

Read/Write Heads

• 2 Read/Write Heads

Recording Method

• Perpendicular


• 1 : 1

Spindle Speed

• 7,200 RPM

Cache Buffer


Internal Data Transfer Rate

• 1589 Mbits/s (maximum)
• 198 MB/s (maximum)

Maximum I/O Transfer Rate

• 3.0 Gbits/s

Average Seek

• 14.0 ms (read)
• 15.0 ms (write)

Average Latency

• 4.17 ms

Drive Ready Time

• 8 seconds (typical)
• 20 seconds (maximum)


• Serial ATA 3 Gb/s

Supported SATA Data Transfer Mode

• 3.0 Gbits/s

SATA Hotplug Capability

• Yes

Maximum Height

• 26.1 mm (1.028 inches)

Maximum Width

• 101.6 mm (4.00 inches)

Maximum Length

• 147.0 mm (5.787 inches)

Maximum Weight

• 400 g

Power Requirements

• +12V DC ± 10 %
• +5V DC ± 5 %

Power Consumption

• 6.6 W (Read/Write)
• 3.6 W (Idle)
• 0.9 W (Standby)
• 0.9 W (Sleep)

Ambient Temperature

• 0 °C to 65 °C (Operating)
• -40 °C to 70 °C (Non-Operating)

Maximum Shock

• 70 G @ 2 ms (Read/Write)
• 350 G @ 2 ms (Non-Operating)

Drive Acoustics

• 27 dBA average (typical)
• 25 dBA average (idle)

Non-Recoverable Read Errors

• 1 error per 1014 bits read

Load/Unload Cycles

• 300,000 (at 40°C)


• 1.2 Million Hours


• 1 Year Limited Warranty


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