Hitachi ships hard drive with 1TB capacity

According to a report by ExtremeTech, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has finally started shipping its Deskstar 7K1000 hard drive. The drive, which Hitachi announced almost four months ago, has a capacity of 1TB, making it the largest consumer desktop hard drive on the market. It has a 3.5" form factor, a 7200RPM spindle speed, and it packs a whopping 32MB of cache—double the 16MB present in Seagate's 750GB Barracuda 7200.10.

To achieve its 1TB capacity, the Deskstar 7K1000 uses perpendicular recording technology and squeezes 200GB onto each of its five platters. ExtremeTech also quotes an average seek time of 8.5ms, an average latency of 4.17ms, an idle noise output of 29dB, and idle power consumption of 9W for the drive. Just as Hitachi told us back in January, the Deskstar 7K1000 will go on sale with a suggested retail price of $399—roughly $150 more than the 750GB Barracuda 7200.10.

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