3TB Hard Drive Round-up: Hitachi, Seagate, WD

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Hitachi Deskstar 3TB

Hitachi Deskstar 3TB Hard Drive
Specifications & Features

 

Model
0S03086
Interface
SATA 6.0Gb/s
Capacity
3TB
RPM
7200 RPM
Cache
64MB
Form Factor
3.5"
Warranty
3 years limited (parts/labor)
Price
$179


How does the Hitachi Deskstar 3TB differ from the competition?
The Deskstar features a relatively fast rotational speed of 7200 RPM, along with a 64MB memory buffer. Granted, the Barracuda XT also sports a 7200 RPM spindle speed, but the Hitachi drive should outperform Western Digital's offerings. Its 3 year limited warranty is on par with the industry standard, but at a retail price of $179 finds it tied for the most expensive drive in our round-up, along with the Barracuda XT. We look forward to finding out if the performance numbers can justify its price premium over the competition.


 

After a quick format, the drive shows up with 2.72 TiB of free space. With that much capacity in your system, it should take quite a while before needing additional storage.


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