Hitachi unveils 2TB 7200RPM HDD, Deskstar 7K2000

By on August 6, 2009, 10:02 AM
Hitachi has announced the five-platter-packing 2TB Deskstar 7K2000 hard disk drive. With a rotational speed of 7200RPM, it's the industry's first among desktop HDDs. Its specs include a 32MB cache and SATA II interface. In addition to their new 2TB drive, Hitachi is also refreshing its high-volume desktop HDD family. The new 7200RPM Deskstar 7K1000.C family will house up to a capacious 500GB per platter, and will be available in sizes from 160GB to 1TB.

Both the 7K2000 and 7K1000.C feature a patented ramp load/unload design to boost shock protection, and Thermal Fly-height Control (TFC) to sustain a steady fly-height during the read/write process. The 72K000 boasts 10% less power consumption at idle over previous its previous generations, and the 7K1000.C measures about 4.4W or less power consumed at idle.


I suspect that most people don't need 500GB of storage, much less 2TB, but I know firsthand just how quick the GBs disappear. In a world of $80 1TB drives, Hitachi's asking price for the new 2TB offering will make or break its launch - but they're keeping quiet. The Deskstar 7K1000.C will ship in the present quarter, and I gather that the 7K2000 will be available soon enough.

Press release

New 3.5-Inch Deskstar 7K2000 Marks a New Milestone Geared to Meet the Insatiable Performance and Capacity Needs of Desktop Users


SAN JOSE, Calif. – August 6, 2009 – Continuing its tradition of being first-to-market with industry leading hard drives, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) today announced that it is now shipping the world’s first, two terabyte (2TB), 7200 RPM hard disk drive (HDD). The new, colossal, 2TB Deskstar™ 7K2000 blends high performance and high capacity with low power and other eco-friendly features designed to enable Energy-Star rated computers and other high performance desktop systems.
Leveraging a solid track record for reliability, the new Deskstar 7K2000 is now in its fourth-generation using the company’s unique five-platter design with relaxed bit density and proven perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology. Couple this with an ultra-quiet operation, a 32MB cache and a 3Gb/s SATA interface, and the new Deskstar 7K2000 is the ideal desktop drive for power users, gamers or anyone looking for a big, fast hard drive.
“The new Deskstar 7K2000 reflects our ongoing commitment to provide customers, channel partners and OEMs with proven, reliable solutions for enabling desktop computers, gaming systems, workstations and desktop RAID arrays,” said Brendan Collins, vice president of marketing, Hitachi GST. “At Hitachi, we continue to offer one of the broadest product lines in the world with a focus on delivering industry-leading hard drives that meet the reliability, performance, capacity and power needs of a variety of traditional and emerging market segments.”

“The demand for higher capacity disk drives is being fueled by the persistent growth of digital information generated by consumers and organizations alike,” said John Rydning, research director for hard disk drives at IDC. “With the introduction of the industry's first 7200 RPM, 2TB HDD, Hitachi GST is building a tradition of time-to-market leadership for delivering the biggest and fastest disk drives for capacity-hungry PC users, given it was also the first HDD vendor to ship a 1TB HDD, the Deskstar 7K1000, in early 2007.”

In addition to the new 2TB Deskstar 7K2000, Hitachi GST is also refreshing its high-volume desktop hard drive family. The new 7200 RPM Deskstar 7K1000.C family will deliver up to 500GB per platter, and will come in capacities of 160GB to 1TB, hitting the capacity and performance sweet spots for mainstream desktop applications. Like previous generations, both the 7K2000 and 7K1000.C Hitachi Deskstar drives feature industry-standard 512-byte sector formatting, a patented ramp load/unload design to increase shock protection, and Thermal Fly-height Control (TFC) to maintain a consistent fly-height during the read/write process for added data reliability. Volume production and worldwide availability of the new Deskstar 7K1000.C will begin in the current quarter.

Leveraging the company’s eighth-generation power management technology, including power-saving innovations like the Hitachi Voltage Efficiency Regulator (HiVERT™), the Deskstar 7K2000 and 7K1000.C deliver outstanding power management and thermal emissions to help manufacturers meet energy compliance targets for their computer systems and storage-based solutions. For example, the new Deskstar 7K2000 offers 10 percent idle power savings over previous generations, and on a watt-per-GB basis, idle power has improved more than 120 percent. The new Deskstar 7K1000.C is expected to deliver best-in-class power efficiency at 4.4 watts or less idle power, which is the best in the industry when compared to current generation, competing desktop drives.

In addition to being RoHS compliant and low in power, all new Deskstar drives are now Halogen free across the entire family, earning both the Deskstar 7K2000 and 7K1000.C the Hitachi EcoTrac™ classification.

For more information about the Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K2000 and 7K1000.C hard drives, please visit www.hitachigst.com/deskstar.




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Guest said:

Actually, our Tandberg data storage server has 16 bays filled with 1TB and we need more, so with these new drives our problem will be resolved. Looking forward to get the pricing to budget it for the next quarter.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

Actually, our Tandberg data storage server has 16 bays filled with 1TB and we need more, so with these new drives our problem will be resolved. Looking forward to get the pricing to budget it for the next quarter.

I'm pretty sure Matthew wasn't writing about Enterprise level solutions. However, as consumers go, I will soon be in the market for something over a TB. RAW and TIFF photos eat up diskspace very quickly.

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Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

I'm pretty sure Matthew wasn't writing about Enterprise level solutions. However, as consumers go, I will soon be in the market for something over a TB. RAW and TIFF photos eat up diskspace very quickly.

Using consumer equipment in a corporate environment doesn't make sense usually, but in this case...

Often times the SAS to SATA performance hit isn't a concern for most organizations, RAID redundancy mitigates increased failure rates, SATA costs thousands less in a large array and SCSI simply doesn't offer enough capacity.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Rick said:

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Using consumer equipment in a corporate environment doesn't make sense usually, but in this case...

Often times the SAS to SATA performance hit isn't a concern for most organizations, RAID redundancy mitigates increased failure rates, SATA costs thousands less in a large array and SCSI simply doesn't offer enough capacity.

Agreed. For the most part, my company uses SCSI drives, however lately we have been shifting more towards SATA drives due to the cost and capacity. We have a few 15K SAS drives (which I love), but they are mostly used in developer machines that require the extra speed. SATA drives seem to work just fine in the server farm.

tengeta tengeta said:

EEK... and you thought the Seagate drives over 1.5TB were unreliable? I wouldn't trust a terabyte of data with Hitachi if they gave me the drives.

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Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

@tengeta: I was wondering how long it would take for the "Deathstar" comments to show.

TJGeezer said:

Ah yes, the Deathstar. Back when it was IBM-branded I exchanged three of those things in a row before I gave up. It was the first time I ever felt really stupid for having confidence in IBM quality control. The Holy Fathers at Church IBM had diddled me! Life's hard little lessons. Then Hitachi took over the Deathstar from IBM. Are you saying Hitachi continued to market them with all the notorious bugginess intact? Talk about reckless endangerment of your own customers' confidence....

tengeta tengeta said:

I got 3 last year, 2 DOA and one that works but wipes its partition table every few months... Its livable but annoying.

Zeromus said:

The hell are you talking about? I got 500 gigs and I need MOAR! Seriously, chunks are being bitoff from programs, and backup of programs...and music, and backups of music....

peas said:

5 platters works out to 400GB per platter. WD and Seagate both have 500GB/platter drives, so their 2TB offerings have 4 platters. The old 5-platter 1TB Hitachi drives ran significantly hotter than the competition, and this pattern will repeat with the 2TB drives.

Fewer platters are always better from power, heat and reliability metrics.

Phantasm66 Phantasm66 said:

Oh man I could RAID 5 4 of these babies and get 6 sweet terrabytes of disk space lovelyness...

Guest said:

I had a IBM DeathStar in my MacPro that bit the dust after 6 months. After that, 2 backup drives but no more DeathStars in my box.

Seagate is just as bad with their bios problems on their 1T drives.

Guest said:

There's ALWAYS a need for MORE storage space!

I have a couple of 1Tb drives that are literally running out of room as I have media/music files that I've collected and stored over 10+ years and still going!

Now, the 2Tb drives can be used to consolidate my storage library and I can use the 1Tb as internal backup drives on my older computers instead of external backup drives!

Now... let's hope that the quality is very good and reliable!

* * Knock on wood * *

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