Last May, when Seagate announced the world’s first 3TB HDD. The world cheered but quickly stopped again when it realised the limitations of the 3TB FreeAgent GoFlex. It appeared only 64-bit operating systems would be able to access the full storage capacity of 3TB but now Hitachi has announced that 32- and 64-bit systems will be able to tap into the full capacity and power of its 3TB drive without having to install extra hardware. Sounds good to us.
The new 3TB Deskstar 7K3000 hard drive comes with a software download that allows 32- and 64-bit Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X and Linux systems “to tap into the full capacity and power of the 3TB drive, as one big massive data drive, without having to install extra hardware.” Hitachi goes on to say that those who have 32- or 64-bit Apple Mac OS X or Linux systems can enjoy the drive as a data drive or a boot drive right out of the box without even the need for a software download. Due to the 2.2TB limit on certain systems, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users should consult Hitachi's 2.2TB web site for system compatibility guidelines to use the drive as a boot drive.
This is a major breakthrough in HDD technology and should lead the way for others to follow. The Internal Hard Drive Kit comes in capacities of 3TB and 2TB and all drives ship with a 64MB buffer and a 6Gb/s SATA interface. Price wise, the 3TB Hitachi Deskstar Internal Hard Drive Kit is shipping this week to online and retail stores with a MSRP of $249.99.
Not content with launching the internal HDD, Hitachi also announced the availability of the Hitachi XL Desktop External Drive which can be used with both Macs and PCs and comes in capacities of 3TB, 2TB and 1TB. While the 3TB FreeAgent GoFlex from Seagate offered USB 3.0 and FireWire 800 connectivity, the XL is limited to USB 2.0 – which is a shame. Encased in a smooth black finish, the XL can be placed vertically or horizontally on your desktop. The Hitachi XL Desktop External Drives are now available with recommended prices of $249.99 for 3TB, $169.99 for 2TB and $99.99 for 1TB.
Finally, Hitachi announced it has made the Deskstar 7K3000 and 5K3000 Hard Drives available to OEMs and Channel Partners. The 7K3000 ships in capacities of 3TB, 2TB and 1.5TB and when compared to previous iterations of the line, the 7K3000 PCMark Vantage test scores show up to a 27 percent performance improvement, and an idle power savings of up at least nine percent. The Deskstar 5K3000 ships in the same capacities and combines Hitachi's Coolspin Technology to allow them to run cooler and use less power. No price details for these HDDs were revealed.