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HGST1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive
 
4.8

(based on 145 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (123)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quiet (85)
  • Large capacity / good size (74)
  • Easy to set up (43)
  • Easy to use (42)
  • Compact (34)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Additional storage (52)
  • Back-up (37)
  • Photo storage (29)
  • File transfer (24)
  • Video (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (61), Casual user (23), Heavy duty user (14), Frequent user (8), Tech savvy (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (88), Business (34)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (49), Mac (38), Other (9), Linux (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Hitachi 1TB 2.5

This is the most reliable and most quiet drive to use in a small paperback book size of a dual drive RAID1 installation like the Tough Tech Duo, recommended by Jared Platt in his...Read complete review

This is the most reliable and most quiet drive to use in a small paperback book size of a dual drive RAID1 installation like the Tough Tech Duo, recommended by Jared Platt in his LR Workflow series on CreativeLive. The Hitachi drives and the Wiebe Tough Tech Duo controller have given me total piece of mind from immediate and continuous mirroring of everything I do in Lightroom photo cataloging, selecting and editing. I bought 6 of the drives for off-site backup storage and monthly change-off of drive pairs.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

3 years warranty THANK GOD! failing / failed / ERRORS

If this drive was not known to fail it would have 5 stars as it is SILENT in operation, incredibly fast in my older 2010 ATA II interface laptop and amazingly fast in my...Read complete review

If this drive was not known to fail it would have 5 stars as it is SILENT in operation, incredibly fast in my older 2010 ATA II interface laptop and amazingly fast in my newed gigabyte Tech ATA III based laptop.

I was getting "drive freezes" frequently in hte past 6 months, I thought "virus" or "software faults". .. I work 60 hours a week so Sunday is not a day I think " lets spend hours fixing the computer"

Ultimately windows 10 installed and failed and told me DRIVE ERROR PHYSICAL FAULT ( almost 2 years to the date after purchase )

Ran different drive testing software .... endless errors nad bad sectors, etc ..... now take in to account this was in a laptop that NEVER MOVES as I like laptops because they are silent compared to desktops and I always have it permanently linked to my huge TV SCREE and keyboard and mouse .. the laptop NEVER MOVES.... so the drive never got "broken" though " chucking the laptop around ". I am single and have no kids and nobody enter the computer room, etc.

So... superb drive when it works ( and I am comparing with equivalent Western Digital in dads laptop and my old favorite SEAGATE before they went rapidly down hill with a string of years of failing drives .. .shame, they were best in SCSI back in the 1990s )

So ... supber when working, but personal use and looking at reviews .. the drive has a short life span .. I wonder if they use the same technology as SEAGATE? as this drive performs the same as a SEAGATE.

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5.0

Small Size, Big Storage

By TempVid

from Atlanta, GA

Verified Buyer

Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

I purchased this hard drive to store video files that I need to archive. The 1Tb size along with 7200rpm rotation give me the size and speed I needed for the larger video files. I am using it with an external drive caddy and this seems to work fine. I also purchased this drive previously as a second drive in my laptop. It has worked without any problems so far.

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5.0

Excellent drive!

By Foyal C

from Hartford AL

Verified Buyer

Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

This drive is exactly what I needed to upgrade my SFF Lenovo. They said I needed a special drive mounting carrier that was unavailable from Lenovo or anyone else... All I had to do was mount it and plug things in. I added a "y" for the SATA power and it already had an extra data outlet on the motherboard for my cables (not included) then I used an ancient drive carrier from an old laptop I had in my junk pile and held it in place with a couple of zip ties. (Just leave a little slack for airflow.) Fired up perfectly on first try. Very fast and noiseless. Great drive with plenty of room for my needs.

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5.0

Amazing Size and Price

By Ron G

from Hartville, Ohio

About Me Casual user

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • High Capacity
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Additional Storage

    Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

    Large capacity and speed at a good price.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC

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    4.0

    HGST 1TB Mobile HD

    By SidewayCg

    from LA CA

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • 7000 Rpm
    • Compact
    • High Capacity
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • In Encrypt Instructions
    • No Real Instructions

    Best Uses

    • Primary Laptop Drive

    Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

    Bought the HD due to it's low price, hight RPM 7K,1TB size and on broad encryption. Unfortunately don't expect any info or software to assist you in migrating data or enabling the encryption mode. I just did a fresh install of Lubuntu and will search on their site for how to turn on the encryption.

    The physical install is just swapping the HD, making sure the BIOS sees it and then install your OS. If you have data to migrate, you either search theiri support site or consider looking for an HD which includes support for data migration.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • Linux

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    3.0

    Works

    By AEDigitalProductions.com

    from Sacramento, CA

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to use

    Cons

    • Slow

    Best Uses

    • Additional Storage
    • File Transfer

    Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

    It is an inexpensive alternative to SSD

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac

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    5.0

    Great small drive for PS4 backup

    By Northern NJ

    from Middlesex County, New Jersey

    About Me Casual user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Set Up
    • High Capacity
    • Portable
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • Backup

      Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

      Overall, this little hard drive is great for backing up my sons' PS4 games and their settings.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • Other

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      5.0

      A Perfect Fit

      By KeithK

      from United States

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • High Capacity

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

          This replacement hard disk was perfect for my needs. Installation and the process of porting data over to it were easy and the operation now is faster than ever. I'd highly recommend it.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          Nothing beats an HSGT Hard Drive

          By Mike

          from Boston

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • High Capacity
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • Backup

            Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

            The speed of this drive is excellent. I replaced an SSD with this drive for more capacity and wasn't disappointed with the speed of this drive.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Other

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            4.0

            Good hard drive

            By Sol nice3

            from Bronx ny

            Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

            Good HD for the price. using it for ps4 at the moment and it works perfect and my games are loading up even faster now.

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            5.0

            Most durable hdd I have ever had

            By Soleraeus

            from New York, NY

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to use
            • High Capacity
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup
              • File Transfer
              • Photo Storage

              Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

              Fast hard drive, very durable. I have had one of those for about 7 years now, it's still up and running! (I have 5 of them now). If I am buying a hard drive and it's not one of those, it means it's a ssd!

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              5.0

              Great fast 2.5 inch drive

              By Stu

              from Ashland

              Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

              I have a bunch of these 135 meg per second read and writes

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              5.0

              1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive by HGST

              By Kiltedview

              from Texas, USA

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to use
              • High Capacity
              • Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

                Excellent small hard drive. Use with Atomos Ninja 2 for HD video recording. Works great. Note: Do not mount the Ninja 2 on top of the camera if you want to use sound from the camera's built in microphones. You will record the sound of the disc drive spinning. I record sound separately so the camera sound is only a scratch track for sync. during editing.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                fast drivw

                By lunchbx2

                from Brooklyn NY

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy to use
                • High Capacity
                • Portable
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Video

                  Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

                  I have used this drive in my 2012 macbook pro and mac mini I5
                  Very fast boot up (not as fast as my fusion drive)
                  Also use it as an 2nd drive for recording audio

                  I recommend it

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Love this drive!

                  By jol

                  from Brooklyn

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy to use
                  • Portable
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Additional Storage

                    Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

                    Instant replacement in laptop for DVD in Ultrabay. Used third party drivebay replacement and Travelstar fitted right in, fastened with included screws, and works perfectly. No heat, no sound. This added 1TB onboard storage. Great. Will get additional to build external RAID.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    4.0

                    good price for a Tbite

                    By malaquest

                    from Berkeley,ca

                    About Me Casual user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

                    video recording

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Heavy hitter for a small price

                    By udabest1

                    from Claremont, CA.

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

                        I had run out of storage space on my hard drive and the computer was crawling along. I was in the market to purchase when my IT guy suggested up grading my hard drive first. Great suggestion. I'm up and running again without the constant spinning wheel of death! B&H delivered before the date promised and I couldn't be more pleased with the results

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        3.0

                        3 years warranty THANK GOD! failing / failed / ERRORS

                        By RichardAEvans

                        from Dallas Fort Worth, Texas

                        About Me Power user

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy to use
                        • High Capacity
                        • Portable
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                        • Unreliable

                        Best Uses

                        • File Transfer
                        • Photo Storage
                        • Video

                        Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

                        If this drive was not known to fail it would have 5 stars as it is SILENT in operation, incredibly fast in my older 2010 ATA II interface laptop and amazingly fast in my newed gigabyte Tech ATA III based laptop.

                        I was getting "drive freezes" frequently in hte past 6 months, I thought "virus" or "software faults". .. I work 60 hours a week so Sunday is not a day I think " lets spend hours fixing the computer"

                        Ultimately windows 10 installed and failed and told me DRIVE ERROR PHYSICAL FAULT ( almost 2 years to the date after purchase )

                        Ran different drive testing software .... endless errors nad bad sectors, etc ..... now take in to account this was in a laptop that NEVER MOVES as I like laptops because they are silent compared to desktops and I always have it permanently linked to my huge TV SCREE and keyboard and mouse .. the laptop NEVER MOVES.... so the drive never got "broken" though " chucking the laptop around ". I am single and have no kids and nobody enter the computer room, etc.

                        So... superb drive when it works ( and I am comparing with equivalent Western Digital in dads laptop and my old favorite SEAGATE before they went rapidly down hill with a string of years of failing drives .. .shame, they were best in SCSI back in the 1990s )

                        So ... supber when working, but personal use and looking at reviews .. the drive has a short life span .. I wonder if they use the same technology as SEAGATE? as this drive performs the same as a SEAGATE.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        5.0

                        Best notebook drive

                        By geneoski

                        from Los ANgeles

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • High Capacity
                        • Portable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Video

                          Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

                          You cannot buy a better notebook drive. Very fast, reliable, great warranty and good support

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          5.0

                          So far so good

                          By Fluffhead

                          from NJ

                          About Me Casual user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to use
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

                              I replaced my failed hard drive with the 1 TB HGST Travelstar hard drive about 1 month ago. The drive has been working fine and I have not experienced any problems so far. Runs pretty quiet too.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              5.0

                              Reliability at an excellent price

                              By Jordan

                              from New York, NY

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy to use
                              • High Capacity
                              • Portable
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Additional Storage
                                • Backup
                                • Video

                                Comments about HGST 1TB Travelstar 2.5" Mobile Hard Drive:

                                I purchased this drive to upgrade my mid 2012 macbook pro. Aside from installation being insanely easy, with the proper tools, its priced competitively well. I was originally going to purchase from OWC but when i saw the price was the same at B & H and i could pick it up same day, i decided to go with B&H as always. This drive is incredibly reliable, and for the size (1TB) you really cant beat the price. I would highly recommend this prduct to others, a great way t easily increase the performance of your mac or pc.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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