Hitachi Reaches Areal Density Milestone With One Terabyte Per Platter Hard Drives

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News Posted: Tue, Sep 6 2011 11:04 AM

Hitachi has squeezed a full terabyte onto a single disk. The new one terabyte per platter (1TB/platter), one-disk, Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D drive family is now available. The new Deskstar and CinemaStar drives are first in a family of 1TB/platter hard drives.

The Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D hard drive family is built using Hitachi’s 7,200 RPM platform. The drive features a 6Gb/second Serial ATA interface and a 32MB cache buffer. Thanks to eighth-generation power management technology and power-saving HiVERT advances, this new drive offers up to 15 percent idle power savings compared to the previous model.

Hitachi’s new 1TB/platter CinemaStar family targets storage-based TVs and DVRs as well as other devices that use 3.5-inch drives. Included in this family are the new Hitachi CinemaStar 7K1000.D and 5K1000.B product lines. All 1TB/platter 7,200 RPM and Coolspin versions of these drives come with a 32MB cache buffer and a 6Gb/second Serial ATA interface. CinemaStar drives are expected to ship in the Fall.

Hitachi GST Ships One Terabyte Per Platter Hard Drives

New Family of Deskstar and CinemaStar Hard Drives Reach Areal Density Milestone;

Optimized One-Disk Design Offered in 250GB to 1TB Targeting 3.5-inch HDD Industry Capacity Sweetspots

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As the first to ship a multi-disk 1TB hard disk drive (HDD) in 2007, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) today announced that is has achieved yet another 1TB milestone by squeezing it on a single disk. Leveraging the company’s strong R&D heritage and time-to-market leadership, the new one terabyte per platter (1TB/platter), one-disk, Hitachi Deskstar™ 7K1000.D drive family is now shipping worldwide. Featured in both Deskstar and CinemaStar™ brands, Hitachi is providing a full range of capacities, 250GB – 1TB, on both low RPM CoolSpin™ and 7,200 RPM platforms.

“The areal density race continues and while having the highest capacity is appealing, reaching 1TB per platter is equally important as it serves a full range of applications and opportunities across the industry’s largest market volume”

With the addition of the new Deskstar and CinemaStar drives, which are first in a family of 1TB/platter drives, Hitachi continues to offer one of the broadest most reliable product lines for desktop and mobile solutions. For the ultra thin and light notebook market, Hitachi delivers the 7mm z-height Travelstar™ Z5K500 drives (636 gigabits per square inch “Gb/in²”). And now, ideal for high-performing desktop computers and the consumer electronics (CE) market, Hitachi presents the new 1TB/platter Deskstar and CinemaStar family drives (569 Gb/in²).

“The areal density race continues and while having the highest capacity is appealing, reaching 1TB per platter is equally important as it serves a full range of applications and opportunities across the industry’s largest market volume,” said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing at Hitachi GST. “As we ship our first 1TB per platter drives, we know we’re delivering capacity, reliability and value to a broad customer base. Not only are we shipping our 1TB per platter drives to our own Branded Business, but we are shipping to our channel partners as well, enabling them to design affordable HDD-based solutions at attractive price points.”

Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D and Deskstar 5K1000.B with Coolspin Technology

The Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D hard drive family provides the ideal combination of performance, capacity, reliability and value required for today’s power-friendly consumer and commercial desktop computers, as well as external storage solutions, PC gaming systems, and desktop RAID arrays. Built using Hitachi’s proven 7,200 RPM platform, the drive delivers amazing speed with a 6Gb/second Serial ATA interface and a 32MB cache buffer. With eighth-generation power management technology and power-saving HiVERT™ innovations, this new drive provides up to 15 percent idle power savings over the previous model. Hitachi is also offering the new Deskstar 5K1000.B drive family with low power and cool operation. With CoolSpin technology, along with other Hitachi power management techniques, the Deskstar 5K1000.B delivers a 23 percent idle power savings over the Deskstar 7K1000.D, enabling a new generation of cool and quiet personal computing devices. 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.

Hitachi CinemaStar 7K1000.D and 5K1000.B

HD, IPTV and Internet TV growth are driving the demand for cost-effective storage-based TVs and DVRs for consumers to record, playback, surf and stream their favorite movies and shows from their TVs. In the CE space today, approximately 90 percent of HDD demand is for single-disk capacities ranging from 250GB to 500GB, which can be served by Hitachi’s new 1TB/platter CinemaStar family. The new Hitachi CinemaStar 7K1000.D and 5K1000.B product lines give customers a dedicated 3.5-inch family that delivers a balance of performance, power, acoustics and capacities that is optimized for this market. With more than 10 features and technologies optimized for A/V streaming, the new CinemaStar 7K1000.D and 5K1000.B offer a variety of capacity and RPM choices for DVRs, set-top boxes and video surveillance systems. All 1TB/platter 7,200 RPM and Coolspin versions ship with a 32MB cache buffer and a 6Gb/second Serial ATA interface.

The Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D and 5K1000.B CoolSpin versions are shipping today to distributors and channel partners. CinemaStar drives are expected to ship in the Fall. Please visit www.hitachigst.com for more information.

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CDeeter replied on Tue, Sep 6 2011 11:40 AM

Drives like this are why I have a hard time justifying SSD drives. SSD may be faster, but I'm willing to wait a few seconds for this kind of capacity.

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This new tech is awesome, I don't see ssd prices coming down enough for me to use them as storage so I'm glad they are still working on conventional drives. @CDeeter, once you use an ssd for your boot you won't want to go back......

Now you're just mashing it!

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Bring on the 4TB drives.. 

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AKwyn replied on Tue, Sep 6 2011 6:29 PM

CDeeter:

Drives like this are why I have a hard time justifying SSD drives. SSD may be faster, but I'm willing to wait a few seconds for this kind of capacity.

I have to agree. A 7200RPM 4TB drive would be a better purchase than the SSD. I mean my main concern with SSD's are size and reliability. I mean you can buy an SSD and an HDD and expect to be saving a lot but you realize that you can store a limited amount of games on the SSD, and the SSD is the fastest part of the drive.

There's also the reliability part. I mean sure, they might of made stides into making MLC drives more reliable but unless they switch to SLC and get the price down then they will never overtake HDD's. I mean SLC has many more benefits than MLC, it's more reliable, it's faster and it gives users ease of mind when buying an SSD.

I mean if people buy an SLC SSD then they can safely throw away their HDD and finally make the switch to SSD.

 

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Yeah, I agree, 4TB drives sound good to me. Gimme a Drobo with 5 of them in it.

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Let's just hope these new Hitachi drives are not "Deathstars" like many other first run Hitachi drives in the past. But I agree bring on the 4TB drive Smile especially seeing how they will drive the price of smaller drives down once again.

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AjayD replied on Tue, Sep 6 2011 11:20 PM

I must admit, the prospect of a 4TB HDD sounds rather tantalizing to me, but when I purchase one it will not be a Hitachi. I currently have a 1.5TB Seagate, a 2TB Hitachi, and a 2TB Western Digital. Among these drives, the Hitachi is far and away the noisiest and slowest. It thrums away like an antiquated prop plane winding up for take off, and inspires an equally limited amount of confidence. Thanks Hitachi, but no thanks. I will wait for a Western Digital Black addition.

 

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CDeeter replied on Wed, Sep 7 2011 12:21 AM

lol "Deathstars" good one.

Anyone remember Quantum"s Fireball drives? Hilarious! And never a better named product.

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rrplay replied on Wed, Sep 7 2011 9:07 AM

looks like Hitachi is also packing in a boatload of Gb/in with mobile drives as well.Still have more of a reference for WD.and will wait to see what they come up with for 1TB high-density platters. @CDeeter yep remember those Qauntum Fireball drives too.! :) not sure if I still have a 40GB around somewhere lol

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digitaldd replied on Wed, Sep 7 2011 12:15 PM

CDeeter:

lol "Deathstars" good one.

Anyone remember Quantum"s Fireball drives? Hilarious! And never a better named product.

 

I was a fan of the Quantum "Bigfoot" drives, for the uninitiated they were 5.25 inch  half height drives (fit in an optical drive bay but were a bit shorter than an optical drive). I'm sure no one was a fan of the old 5.25 inch full height SCSI disks that weighed like 15 pounds.

 

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86er replied on Thu, Sep 8 2011 3:07 PM

Can someone please smack the author of this article in the face?! Your redundancy made me want to shoot myself in the face. The point of the article is interesting though. Unfortunately, I've never been a Hitachi fan. Once Western Digital catches up, I'll be even more interested.

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realneil replied on Sat, Sep 10 2011 8:06 PM

86er:
Can someone please smack the author of this article in the face?! Your redundancy made me want to shoot myself in the face.

Go ahead and shoot. Smile

Everything below the picture of the drive is the official press release from Hitachi. Not written by HH.

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realneil replied on Mon, Sep 12 2011 6:18 PM

digitaldd:
I was a fan of the Quantum "Bigfoot" drives,

Yeah, I bought 4 of them from a computer swap meet in Pomona at the Fairplex Center. At the time, they were as fast as it got.

I haven't heard that BigFoot name mentioned in a long time.

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