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Six months after the first 750GB, Hitachi announces the 1TB marker

Not even hours after Seagate publically announced the company would unveil its 1TB hard drive sometime in the first half of 2007, Hitachi Global Storage has announced its 1TB drive.  Like Seagate, Hitachi GST claims the drive will be available in the second quarter of 2007.

The 1TB Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 is just one of the drives in Hitachi's scope for next week's Consumer Electronics Show.  The company also announced its 750GB Deskstar 7K750, CinemaStar 7K750 and CinemaStar 7K1000.  Hitachi CinemaStar hard drives are specifically designed for digital video players and home-theater PCs.

Both Serial ATA and Parallel ATA versions of the new high-density monsters will make appearances.  The drives spin at 7,200 revolutions per minute with an average seek time of 8.7 milliseconds.  The SATA version of the Deskstar 7K1000 will feature a 32MB read head.

The 1TB Desktar utilizes five platters from Komag, while the 750GB Deskstar uses four.  Seagate, the first drive manufacturer to announce a 750GB drive last year, also uses Komag for its platter needs.

"The industry's first one-terabyte hard drive represents a milestone that is 50 years in the making, and it reasserts the hard drive's leadership as the highest-capacity, lowest-cost storage technology," said Shinjiro Iwata, chief marketing officer, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. "In the 51st year, Hitachi is leading a new era for hard drives -- not only providing large amounts of affordable storage, but also customizing and optimizing hard drives to deliver products that are smarter, more durable and more useful to the consumer."

Seagate's Barracuda 7200.10 750GB drive launched with an MSRP of $499 in the middle of last year.  Hitachi has bold claims for the Deskstar 7K1000 -- the company claims it will launch with a price tag of $399, or just under $0.40 per gigabyte.

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1.8TB model coming soon
By shuttleX on 1/5/2007 9:58:09 AM , Rating: 1
The 1TB Desktar utilizes 5 platters from Komag, while the 750GB Deskstar uses two.

If the 750 only uses two, thats 375GB a platter if they used five like in the 1Tb than they would have a hard drive with 1875Gb. just replace the 200GB platters from the 1TB model with the 375GB platters from the 750GB model and you would get 1.8TB. Why don't the put one of those on the market.

By KristopherKubicki on 1/5/2007 9:59:10 AM , Rating: 2
It's supposed to read four instead of two. Sorry for the mixup.

RE: 1.8TB model coming soon
By Serlant on 1/5/2007 10:50:15 AM , Rating: 2
It could be because the bigger the platter (in terms of space not actual dimensions), they might need a more complex/bigger head to fit more data on the same size platter, so in the 750 it was better to have 2x 375GB platters, but in the 1TB it was better to use 4 smaller platters with smaller heads to fit less data on the same size platter. I'm not an expert on hard drives and this is just a guess so feel free to shoot me down anytime.

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