3TB Hitachi drive surfaces in Japan

It looks like another company has entered the 3TB hard drive arena. According to this post over at Akiba PC Hotline!, a 3TB Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 hard drive is selling in Japan for approximately 22,000 yen, or $264 USD.

While there has been no announcement from Hitachi, I was able to find a product page for the new drive. This page reveals the following specs: a 7,200-RPM spindle speed, a 6Gbps Serial ATA interface, 64MB of cache, a 3.5" form factor, and rated noise output of 29 dB.

As we discussed in our recent review of Western Digital’s Caviar Green 3TB, the 3TB capacity in itself induces some limitations. In a nutshell, if you want to boot off this drive, you may need one of the rare motherboards with a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface instead of a BIOS, and you’ll also have to be running a 64-bit version of either Windows 7 or Vista.

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    • Zoomer
    • 9 years ago

    I bet it’ll whack the 5400 rpm drives silly, though, at least for use as an OS drive.

    And yes, there’s no reason why it can’t do that even without EFI. Simply put the bootloader on a <= 2TB drive.

    • moshpit
    • 9 years ago

    No, no, no, THIS is Chrispy in a nutshell:
    “What a bloody big nut shell this is…”

    • Chrispy_
    • 9 years ago

    3TB for a single, overpriced spindle, with its rubbish access times and terrible IOPS?
    No thanks.

    What the mechanical disk guys need to do is cram 4 separate 2.5″ hard drives into a box with a built-in RAID controller. It’d be a similar size to your typical 3.5″ drive but four seperate spindles for RAID0, 1, or 5.

    It’d still be an order of magnitude cheaper than SSD storage but it’d offer either better IOPS and sequential speed or more resilience based on your choice of configuration.

    Maximizing capacity for physical volume is dead for all but datacenters now, and even our datacenters are using 2.5″ drives in RAID arrays because you can fit more TB of storage in a rack when using 2U enclosures with 2.5″ disks instead of 3U/4U with 3.5″ disks.

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 9 years ago

    Oh, look, 7,200-RPM spindle speeds. Now here’s a drive that I can take serious.

    • AlvinTheNerd
    • 9 years ago

    Paying a premium for 5 platter drives just seems dumb to me. Samsung’s f4 has the same platter density as these in a 3 platter 2TB drive for just about the third the cost.

    So unless you have some application where you really can’t fit another drive and need more than 2TB, I see no use for this thing.

      • continuum
      • 9 years ago

      Well getting these from 5400rpm to 7200rpm appears to be the tricky part, if anyone remembers 2TB drives too…

      • TravelMug
      • 9 years ago

      You have to also remember that the quoted price is the one in Japan. It will be lower in the US or EU.

      • just brew it!
      • 9 years ago

      The highest capacity drives /[

        • AlvinTheNerd
        • 9 years ago

        Paying a premium for high platter density has always been true. Producing a higher platter density is more difficult and increases performance and is worth it in some sense.

        WD’s 3TB drive has 750GB/platter and its premium is far more justified than Hitachi’s.

        But paying a premium for capacity without getting higher platter density makes little sense.

    • Ryu Connor
    • 9 years ago

    Somewhat pedantic, but Vista SP1 is required for EFI support.

    • Kallstar
    • 9 years ago

    Does anyone buy Hitachi drives? I know i dont and probably wont. I’m always excited for higher capacity drives, and every time i get disappointed by the outrageous entry price. Hmm 3TB drive for 264 or three 2TB drives for 80bucks a pop? I wish all decisions in life were this easy.

      • 5150
      • 9 years ago

      The huge number of platters always turns me off.

      • just brew it!
      • 9 years ago

      Hitachi’s actually been making some pretty good drives since acquiring IBM’s hard drive business a number of years ago. The “Deathstar” reliability issues are ancient history. Although they get very little press coverage these days, I don’t hesitate to buy their drives (assuming the price is competitive).

      • UberGerbil
      • 9 years ago

      Bought a few Travelstar mobile drives over the years.

      • dashbarron
      • 9 years ago

      I bought their 2TB Deskstar a year and a half ago. There were problems with them years ago but apparently their reliablity has gone up. I haven’t had a problem with it and was happy to pay ~$150 for this high-capacity and perky drive.

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    • Duck
    • 9 years ago

    A rated noise output of 29 dB is meaningless. Should be something like 24dBA @ 1m.

    • 5150
    • 9 years ago

    Think I’ll wait for Samsung to perfect this.

      • continuum
      • 9 years ago

      Hopefully Samsung will get the heads right the first time…

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