Hitachi's Deskstar T7K250 hard drive

300MB/s or bust
— 12:00 AM on May 25, 2005

HITACHI GLOBAL STORAGE TECHNOLOGIES was the first manufacturer to announce hard drives supporting the new 300MB/s Serial ATA interface, but there's more to Hitachi's new Deskstar T7K250 drives than a faster interface speed. For starters, the latest Deskstar rolls with 125GB platters that are more than 50% denser than the company's older 80GB platters. This drive is also the first from Hitachi to support Native Command Queuing.

We've rounded up a collection of drives from Maxtor, Seagate, and Western Digital to find out how the T7K250 stacks up against the competition. We've also tested the new Deskstar's 300MB/s transfer rates to see where—or whether—they may have an impact on performance.

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