Dell this week announced that it will be the first
manufacturer in the industry to start shipping
computers with the first consumer 1 terabyte (TB) hard drive. Using the Deskstar 7K1000 drive
from Hitachi, Dell will begin including the new drives in both its own line
of XPS gaming systems and under the Alienware brand. Alienware Aurora and Area
51 systems will be receiving the new 1TB drives first.
According to official Hitachi specifications, the new drive is a Serial ATA
3Gbps model with a 7200 RPM spindle rate. Read time comes in at 8.5ms and write
times at 9.2ms. With data densities this high, previous studies have found that
data integrity may be compromised. Perpendicular hard drives will become more
mainstream as capacities increase. Using perpendicular recording methods, data integrity remains
high even at record breaking storage capacities.
Along with the new 1TB drive, Dell is launching a service called StudioDell,
which the company calls a "video time capsule." StudioDell will allow
subscribers to upload videos, which will be stored at Dell headquarters for 50
years, so that later generations may view them. Dell even indicated that the
videos will be stored on the new 1TB drives from Hitachi.
Neil Hand, vice president for Dell's worldwide consumer marketing division said
in a statement that high quality media such as HD video is becoming mainstream,
making larger hard drive capacities all the more necessary. “Digital content
use is exploding in the consumer market – with this 1TB hard drive, a lifetime
of memories, music and other information can be made, stored and shared with
others,” said Hand.