Hitachi Starts Shipping 1TB-Platter Hard Drives

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-09-06 Print this article Print

Hitachi's 3.5-inch Deskstar 7K1000.D drive is now being supplied for use in its own new 1TB Deskstar and CinemaStar product lines.

It was bound to happen, but it probably came to the fore earlier than most storage industry experts expected. The first single-platter hard disk drive for high-performance desktop PCs with a full terabyte of capacity is now shipping as of Sept. 6, courtesy of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.

Hitachi's 3.5-inch Deskstar 7K1000.D drive is now being supplied for use in its own new 1TB Deskstar and CinemaStar product lines. Hitachi also will OEM these to other drive makers via its channel partners, said Brendan Collins, Hitachi GST's vice president of product marketing.

The drives come in a range of capacities, from 250GB up to 1TB, and they run on either low-RPM CoolSpin or 7,200 RPM platforms.

Hitachi claims that it was the first to ship a multi-disk 1TB hard disk drive (HDD) in 2007; Seagate, Western Digital, Iomega, Toshiba and Buffalo all came out about the same time with their own.

Deskstar 7K1000.D hard drives are aimed at external storage, PC gaming systems, and desktop RAID arrays. Using Hitachi's fast 7,200 RPM platform, the drive has a 6Gb/second Serial ATA interface and a 32MB cache buffer, Collins said.

All 1TB/platter 7,200 RPM and Coolspin versions ship with a 32MB cache buffer and a 6Gb/second Serial ATA interface, Collins said.

Deskstar 7K1000.D has eighth-generation Hitachi power management and power-saving HiVERT, which provides up to 15 percent idle power savings over the previous Hitachi model. The low power profile of both the Deskstar 7K1000.D and the Deskstar 5K1000.B drives helps reduce overall system power requirements for developing energy-efficient systems, Collins said.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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