Hitachi Intros World's First 2TB 7200RPM 3.5" Desktop Hard Drive

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News Posted: Thu, Aug 6 2009 3:38 AM
Western Digital was visibly proud when they introduced the planet's first 2TB desktop hard drive back in April. You might say it was just as proud as Hitachi was when they introduced the world's first 1TB desktop hard drive back in early 2007. Regardless of actual pride levels, there's no doubt that Hitachi is beaming today with this announcement. The device you're looking at below is the industry's first 2TB desktop hard drive with a 7200RPM spindle rate.

If you'll recall, the 2TB Caviar Green HDD we took a look at earlier this year spun at a lathargic 5400RPM. WD called it "green," performance junkies called it "too slow." Now, Hitachi is giving those with a need for speed and space just that with the 2TB Deskstar 7K2000. According to the company, this drive blends high performance and high capacity with low power and other eco-friendly features designed to enable Energy-Star rated computers and other high performance desktop systems.

The new Deskstar 7K2000 is now in its fourth-generation using the company’s five-platter design with relaxed bit density and perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology. The drive also promises an ultra-quiet operation, a 32MB cache and a 3Gb/s SATA interface. In addition to the new 2TB Deskstar 7K2000, Hitachi is also refreshing their high-volume desktop hard drive family. The new 7200RPM Deskstar 7K1000.C  range will deliver up to 500GB per platter, and will come in capacities of 160GB to 1TB. Like previous generations, both the 7K2000 and 7K1000.C Hitachi Deskstar drives feature industry-standard 512-byte sector formatting, a patented ramp load/unload design to increase shock protection, and Thermal Fly-height Control (TFC) to maintain a consistent fly-height during the read/write process for added data reliability. Volume production and worldwide availability of the new Deskstar 7K1000.C will begin in the current quarter, but your guess is as good as ours on pricing/availability of the new 2TB model.
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I say thumbs up to Hitachi for making a 7.2K RPM 2TB HDD! I never actaully realized that WD's one was only a mere 5400RPM.

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I'm starting to wonder what the max size will be for an hd.

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I trust Western Digital more than Hitachi for dependability.

Hitachi was atrocious when they debuted years ago and I quickly swore off of them for system building. (nothing eats away at your profit margins faster than repeated service calls for faulty equipment)

They may have improved their quality output but I don't know if that's the case yet.

Western Digital has had a few dogs over the years, but overall the reliability factor has been great. I like Seagate drives too.

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Yeah, I agree, I prefer WD but someone needed to make a 7200RPM 2TB HD. Plus, we have seen the price of the WD 2TB drop drastically from where it debuted. Praise competition!

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MikeL_HH replied on Thu, Aug 6 2009 10:32 PM

Actually, I bet the 5400RPM 2TB drive performs around as well as a 500GB 7200RPM drive. Though the spindle speed is lower, the data density is many times higher, so even though the disk is physically spinning slower, more data is flying per second than in the 7200RPM drive.

So the Hitachi 7200RPM 2TB probably performs quite a bit faster than lower density 7200RPMs.

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Lets see that Black edition WD. I love my Black 1TB drive.

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