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Wednesday, 17 November 2010 13:30

Hitachi quietly releases 3TB hard-drive

Written by Nick Farell
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One would think it does not want them to sell
Electronics maker Hitachi has quietly released a 3TB hard-drive in a way that you had to be watching to notice it.

The Deskstar 7K3000, has five platters (600GB each) and boasts a 7200RPM spindle speed, 6Gbp/s SATA interface, and a 64MB cache. Given that it is competing with the Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB drive with just four platters  you could think it is a bit shy about releasing it.

The company may be delaying its official announcement due to the simple fact that many Windows-based computers will have trouble seeing drives larger than 2TB. In the past, Hitachi has introduced hard drives with more platters than competitors but priced them lower.

The  claims the 7K3000 is up to 27 per cent  faster than 'previous generation products'. It does not say which ones, but we're probably talking about the 7K2000. The outfit says the drive has up to a 145MB/s transfer rate.

The 7K3000 will not ship with an AHCI complaint host bus adapter which would allow legacy BIOS motherboards and GPT-ready operating systems to  support large drives. Motherboards with UEFI support don't need an HBA to correctly recognise the drive.

The Deskstar 7K3000 series will have three models the HDS723030ALA640 (3TB), the HDS723020BLA642 (2TB) and the HDS723015BLA642 (1.5TB). No word on pricing yet.

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+1 #1 bunny 2010-11-17 15:47
24000yen or so in Akihabara.

I didn't buy any, but 2T's are coming down in price now.

If this had been anything like Hitachi displays, they want you to sign an NDA before you can get the user manual. They lost those sales to SHARP. Which was a real shame as the SHARP displays are better, cheaper and easier to use. ^_^!
 
 
0 #2 ghelyar 2010-11-17 17:24
Maybe the lack of official announcement is because of possible backlash over high rate of failure of hitachi drives. Just adding more platters to their 7k2000 series likely further increases the chance to fail of these already unreliable drives by another 50%. Combined with people having problems actually using the drives, someone might have to think of a name worse than deathstar.
 
 
+5 #3 Elfa 2010-11-17 19:27
Quoting ghelyar:
Maybe the lack of official announcement is because of possible backlash over high rate of failure of hitachi drives. Just adding more platters to their 7k2000 series likely further increases the chance to fail of these already unreliable drives by another 50%. Combined with people having problems actually using the drives, someone might have to think of a name worse than deathstar.


I have 3 1TB Hitachi drives and 1 2TB drive. The 1TB drives are now 3 years old and they all work flawlessly, as does the 2TB. I'm not sure about where you've heard of all these problems but I've not experienced any and so I'll continue to buy Hitachi.

Perhaps you speak of the deskstar back from when IBM ran the show. Well, its changed since then.
 
 
+1 #4 JAB Creations 2010-11-17 19:58
Wow five platters! Geez that thing will probably run really hot for a HD, I hope they catch up on platter density. At the same time I'm glad that there's finally a second 3TB out as that will help start to bring the prices down even further.
 

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