Hitachi quietly adds 3TB Deskstar 7K300, 5K300 hard drives

By Matthew
Nov 16, 2010
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  1. With nary a word to the masses, Hitachi has posted product pages for its first 3TB hard drives. The Deskstar 7K3000 and 5K3000 come in 1.5TB, 2TB and 3TB flavors -- the largest of which has a five 600GB platter design, as opposed to the four 750GB disk solution used by Western Digital's Caviar Green. Besides WD, Seagate also beat Hitachi to the 3TB milestone, announcing its 3TB FreeAgent GoFlex external storage drive back in June (which also packs five 600GB platters), but Seagate hasn't shipped a 3TB internal desktop offering yet.

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  2. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Three competitors? 3TB hard drives? This is awesome.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 956   +273

    Good good... I hope they delay was to perfect their product. I have 16 of their 1TB 7200RPM drives for a few years now and i've not had a single problem with them. A buddy of mine has the same setup as well for his personal media file server and again, no problems. For comparrison, i'm running 20 Seagate 1TB 720 RPM drives in 5 of my DVR servers at work, and have had about 4 drive failures in the last two years. So needless to say I think Hitachi wins a reliability star here.

    I can only hope these 3TB's are as reliable as their 1's are. I plan on replacing all my 1TB drives with bigger ones within the next 6 months.
  4. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,648   +521

    "Besides WD, Seagate also beat Hitachi to the 3TB milestone, announcing its 3TB My Book Essential external storage drive back in June"

    The My Book is a Western Digital brand, you mean the Seagate Expansion maybe? Other than the typo I don't have much to say, waiting for SSD technology to surpass HDD size and then things will become interesting.
  5. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,268   +92

    Oops, I meant the FreeAgent GoFlex. Thanks for that Adhmuz.
  6. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    3-Terabyte drives would be nice for data storage and backup. I don't think that many users are looking forward to booting from 3TB drives if and when motherboard manufacturers finally get around to using UEFI instead of BIOS. Boot drives are pretty much going in the direction of SSDs, more so if SSD prices continue to drop and drive capacities continue to increase. As for me, I'm sticking with 2TB WD Caviar Black HDs until I can afford an SSD.
  7. TeamworkGuy2

    TeamworkGuy2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 191

    Another 3TB, that's cool, although since I don't store music, movies, pictures, or anything else of major size on my computer, I wouldn't have any clue what to do with a 3TB HD... LOL

    Wow, that will quite interesting. Headline: "First ever 512 TB drive is a OCZ SSD" I CAN wait to see the price of one of those.
  8. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    I remember when I got my first 1 TB drive..."I'll never fill this up".
  9. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +267

    I remember when I got my first 1 TB drive... "Crap, this isn't going to last very long". =p

    Except they can do that already. It is only a matter of packing more memory chips onto the PCB and integrating additional controllers, though it would likely interface through a PCIe Slot because of the larger physical form factor. T
  10. Johny47

    Johny47 TS Rookie Posts: 157

    Why 'silently'? that's a nice piece of kit as they say, I don't think I would ever use that much storage unless I get a better connection in the future but nice.

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