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HGST Travelstar 5K1000
2.5-inch 9.5mm 5400 RPM Mobile Hard Drive

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HGST Travelstar 5K1000

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1 TB of Storage Capacity for Mobile Platforms

Travelstar 5K1000 is a 5400 RPM, 500GB/platter, 2.5-inch hard drive available in 640GB, 750GB and 1TB models. This standard 9.5mm, two-disk design, intended for use in notebook PCs, external storage, gaming consoles and other mobile applications, leverages Advanced Format, which increases the physical sector size on hard drives from 512 bytes to 4096 (4K) bytes to increase drive capacities and improve error correction capabilities. Consult the HGST Advanced Format Technology Brief for more information on using these hard drives. The Travelstar 5K1000 is the first 1TB 2.5-inch HDD with a 6Gb/s SATA interface and delivers best-of-breed 5400 RPM performance in PCMark 7 and PCMark Vantage testing. The 5K1000 continues to demonstrate HGST’s ecological leadership with its halogen-free design and power-efficient operation. Travelstar 5K1000 delivers the highest mobile capacity with excellent performance to meet the needs of consumers and commercial users in an eco-friendly, rugged design.

Encryption Option

Travelstar 5K1000 is the seventh generation self-encrypting drive (SED) to feature HGST’s Bulk Data Encryption. The SED encrypts data using protected keys in real time, providing users the highest level of data protection available. It also speeds and simplifies drive re-purposing. By deleting the encryption key, the data on the drive is rendered unreadable, thereby eliminating the need for time-consuming data-overwrite. For information about the SED models designed to the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Opal Storage Security specification, please contact your HGST representative.

Enhanced Availability (EA)—for 24x7 Access to Data

HGST provides enhanced availability models of the Travelstar 5K1000 that allow 24x7 access to data to support applications that require round-the-clock operation. The 5K1000 provides high capacity, durability and low power utilization on a proven platform for quality and reliability. EA models support the stringent demands of “always-on” applications in lower-transaction environments.

HGST Quality and Service

HGST Travelstar hard disk drives are designed to the highest quality standards and contain field-proven components. HGST provides worldwide technical support and integration services to enable global customers to bring their products to market quickly.

Quick Facts:


  • Up to 1TB of capacity
  • Advanced Format, 512 byte emulation
  • 6Gb/s SATA interface
  • Low power consumption
  • Halogen-free for eco-friendly design
  • Self-encrypting models for data security
  • Enhanced availability (EA) models for applications needing around-the-clock access in lower-transaction environments


  • Notebook PCs
  • External storage
  • Gaming consoles
  • Small-form-factor video devices
  • Network routers (EA)
  • Video surveillance (EA)

Features and Benefits:

  Feature / Function Benefits
Capacity Up to 1TB storage Up to 250 hours of high-definition video, 1000 hours of standard video, 350 movies, 250,000 4-min songs or 500 games*
  • Up to 998Mb/s media transfer rate
  • SATA 6Gb/s interface
Best-of-breed 5400 RPM application performance in PCMark 7 and PCMark Vantage testing
Interface SATA 6Gb/s High data throughput
  • 1.6W read/write power
  • 0.5W low power idle
Low energy use and long battery life for more “unplugged” notebook time
  • 400G operating shock
  • 1000G non-operating shock
  • Thermal Fly-height Control (TFC)
  • TrueTrack technology
  • Best protection against bumps and rough handling
  • Better soft error rate for improved reliability
  • Tracking accuracy in high shock or vibration environments
Acoustics Quiet acoustics Richer audio-listening experience for music, movies and games
Security Option Bulk Data Encryption Helps guard against data theft

* Actual storage may vary depending on the compression rate applied. Capacities may not be combined.


Travelstar 5K1000 HDD

Standard Models Enhanced Availability Models
Interface SATA 6Gb/s SATA 6Gb/s
Capacity1 1TB / 750GB / 640GB 1TB / 750GB / 640GB
Recording Zones 30 30
Sector Size (Variable, Bytes/sector)2 512e 512e
Max Areal Density (Gbits/sq. in.) 694 694
Data buffer3 (MB) 8 8
Rotational Speed (RPM) 5400 5400
Latency Average (ms) 5.5 5.5
Interface Transfer Rate (MB/sec, max) 600 600
Media Transfer Rate (Mbits/sec, max) 998 998
Seek Time (read, ms, typical)4 12 12
Seek Time: Track to Track (typical) ms (read) 1 1
Seek Time: Full Stroke (typical) ms (read) 20 20
Power on Hours (POH) Per Month N/A 730
Load/Unload Cycles 600,000 600,000
Availability (hrs/day x days/wk)5 N/A 24x7
Idle (Bels) 2.4 2.4
Operational (Bels, typical) 2.6 2.6
Requirement +5VDC(+-5%) +5VDC(+-5%)
Startup (W, peak, max) 4.5 4.5
Read/Write (W, avg) 1.6 1.6
Seek (W, avg) 1.8 1.8
Low Power Idle (W, avg) 0.5 N/A
Active Idle (W, avg) 0.8 N/A
Performance Idle (W, avg) 1.5 1.5
Standby (W, avg) N/A 0.2
Sleep (W) 0.1 0.1
Physical size
Z-Height (mm) 9.5 9.5
Dimensions (width x depth, mm) 70x100 70x100
Weight (g, max) 102 102
Environmental (Operating)
Ambient Temperature 0° to 60°C 0° to 60°C
Shock (half-sine wave) 400G/2ms, 225G/1ms 400G/2ms, 225G/1ms
Environmental (Non-Operating)
Ambient Temperature -40° to 65°C -40° to 65°C
Shock (half-sine wave) 1000G/1ms 1000G/1ms
Acoustics (A-Weighted Sound Power)
Idle (Bels, typical) 2.4 2.4
Seek (Bels, typical) 2.6 2.6

1 One GB is equal to one billion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity. Accessible capacity will vary depending on the operating environment and formatting.
2 Advanced Format drive: 4K physical sectors with 512 byte emulation
3 Portion of buffer used for firmware
4 Excludes command overhead
5 Designed for low duty cycle, non mission-critical applications in PC, nearline and consumer electronics environments, which vary application to application


Download the HGST Travelstar 5K1000 Hard Drives Datasheet (.PDF)