As inevitable as increasing digicam resolutions, thinner mobile phones, more powerful laptops and ever cheaper HDTVs are larger hard drive capacities. Now we’ve finally cracked the terabyte.
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (the Hitachi and IBM combo business) is the company to do it though a few cynics may argue the point since – like all HDD manufacturers – it rates 1GB as 1bn bytes, not 1.073bn bytes as computer scientists and OSes dictate it).
Quibbles aside however the newly christened Deskstar 7K1000 is a truly monstrous product with a 32MB buffer, 7,200RPM spindle speed, SMART technology, quietening acoustics and a choice of SATA II or PATA 133 versions. As for the breakthrough capacity this is achieved via the much heralded and discussed perpendicular recording technology.
With an anticipated RRP of $399 the world’s first 1TB hard drive actually has a proportionately reasonable price tag and I’m sure you guys will be quickly filling them up with pictures and videos of 'sexy cuddles', illegal music downloads word documents and spreadsheets when they hit shops in Q2.