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

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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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sevags replied on Tue, Jan 29 2013 10:21 PM

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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