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XPS gaming systems as well as Alienware systems will have the new drives

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.

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By Sahrin on 3/14/2007 10:20:26 AM , Rating: 5
This story started out about XPS's with 1TB HDD...

Then it was about how magnetic disks can't store high-density data using parallel recording...

Then it was about how Dell is unveiling a "StudioDell" service.

Don't get me wrong, they're all interesting bits. But couldn't these topics have been fleshed out a bit and seperated into three stories?

RE: Pick a topic
By mendocinosummit on 3/14/2007 10:37:16 AM , Rating: 2
Ya,and I wanted to know was when these drives are going to be released to the public, it can't be that far off and for how much. I want 1TB drives to drive the prices down on the 500GB & 750GB Seagates to $100 and $225.

RE: Pick a topic
By HWAddict77 on 3/14/07, Rating: 0
RE: Pick a topic
By FITCamaro on 3/14/2007 10:53:31 AM , Rating: 1
All the topics related to the 1TB hard drives. Why do they need to waste space on the main page for related information.

RE: Pick a topic
By Sahrin on 3/14/2007 10:56:14 AM , Rating: 1
StudioDell service is related to 1TB drives in the same way that a person's digital adult material collection is related to 1TB drives.

RE: Pick a topic
By crimson117 on 3/14/2007 1:40:26 PM , Rating: 2
It's related because the Dell press release said they were related.

RE: Pick a topic
By bjourdo on 3/14/2007 11:55:04 AM , Rating: 2
Each segway relates back to the original topic, nice rant, you must be bored.

RE: Pick a topic
By rmaharaj on 3/15/2007 3:20:16 AM , Rating: 2
The word is 'segue', actually. But given the bizarre pronunciation, I think you can be forgiven for not realizing.

Wow it does exist?
By Mitch101 on 3/14/2007 10:10:05 AM , Rating: 2
I was wondering when a 1TB drive would exist. However my past bad experience with IBM/HITACHI drives makes me say no. I had 3 Deathstar drives fail and lost some important pictures I cannot replace because of IBM. I had most backed up but just before I was about to do another backup WHAM!. So I am a bit reluctant to purchase thier stuff again even if its Hitachi now. Double so because they wouldnt replace my dead drives.

RE: Wow it does exist?
By Olaf van der Spek on 3/15/2007 4:55:38 AM , Rating: 2
because of IBM.

You mean because of yourself failing to have a proper backup procedure?

RE: Wow it does exist?
By PrezWeezy on 3/15/2007 7:16:02 PM , Rating: 2
no he's right, IBM drives suck. And those stupid Maxtor "slim" drives that come in a lot of Dells and Compaqs. We have replaced every single one because they start failing. Stick with Seagate and WD, they are the only two brands I would buy today.

By natebsi on 3/14/2007 11:30:37 AM , Rating: 2
I knew someone like Dell would get them first, even after I read this:


Changing market landscapes and consumer dynamics push companies to espouse new strategies to further gain inroads into the market. Traditionally, HDD vendors first deliver their products to OEMs. However, today's plot calls for a shift in strategy as companies set to deliver their products to consumers first. This is the case for the terabyte products of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST).

"We'll sell our products and technologies into the consumer base first," said Dirk Thomas, VP of Hitachi GST and president, Greater China, in an interview with EE Times-Asia. "We see the market growing in key areas and the retail strategy will be more important so I guess this will be a shift for consumer electronics in terms of market strategy."

Embracing this direction, Hitachi will launch its 3.5inch Deskstar 7K1000 drives to major retail outlets in the United States, Japan and Europe in the first quarter and then to major OEMs in the second quarter. The Deskstar 7K1000 is for gaming and high-performance PCs, external storage devices and upgrade applications. On the other hand, Hitachi's Cinemastar 7K1000 product is specifically targeted for digital video recording (DVR) applications and will be available in the second quarter to major OEMs.

That article is a friggin link from Hitachi own website, too!:

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