HGST Division of Western Digital Releases 1.2TB 10K RPM Hard Drive

HGST Division of Western Digital Releases 1.2TB 10K RPM Hard Drive

HGST, the company formerly known as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, became a Western Digital company some time ago. And now, that entity is introducing the industry's highest capacity 10K RPM HDD. It's an enterprise-class drive, with the Ultrastar C10K1200 providing a capacity extension to HGST’s Ultrastar C10K900 product line. It's a 2.5" unit, featuring a SAS 6Gb/s interface, a 64MB cache buffer for optimized read/write response time, and a fast 10K rotational speed.

The company claims that there's no other drive in the market place similar to this, offering a 2 million hours mean time between failure (MTBF) specification that should give IT admins some peace of mind. For space and/or power constrained cloud or enterprise datacenter environments, the 1.2TB Ultrastar C10K1200 drive delivers 33 percent more capacity in the same 2.5-inch form factor, giving IT managers the ability to now store 28.8 TBs in a 2U, 24-bay rackmount server. The Ultrastar C10K1200 drive also helps datacenters achieve lower AC power and HVAC requirements. With HGST Advanced Power Management technology, with multi-state idle modes, the Ultrastar C10K1200 uses less than 5W during idle mode, freeing up precious headroom for growing datacenter needs.


Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) motors deliver a low acoustic rating and improved data integrity, while Rotational Vibration Safeguard (RVS) technology anticipates and counteracts disturbances that can occur in multi-drive configurations. In addition, the Ultrastar C10K1200 uses HGST-patented head load/unload ramp to minimize integration induced drive damage. For added data security, select models of the Ultrastar C10K1200 offer Bulk Data Encryption for hard drive-level data security.

The new 2.5-inch Ultrastar C10K1200 hard drive is shipping today, but no pricing figures have been announced.
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I would like to know if these are at all based off of WD VelociRaptor drives and how the two compete on performance. I know this is an "enterprise" drive but we enthusiasts don't care about labels, wonder if any of the raptor tech made it in this.

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