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Hitachi Launches First 2TB 7,200RPM HDD

Gordon Kelly


Hitachi Launches First 2TB 7,200RPM HDD

Unlike the largest SSDs, the very highest capacity HDDs tend to come with a price penalty though this is something Hitachi has just eased...

With the launch of the 'Deskstar 7K2000' series the diverse mega corporate has created the industry's first two terabyte 7,200rpm hard drive. It couples this increased spin speed with 32MB of cache and the ubiquitous 3Gbps SATA (II) interface.

Perhaps just as handy as the extra speed however is 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" which should mean improved data reliability. Hitachi has also made efforts to reduce power consumption with its proprietary 'Hitachi Voltage Efficiency Regulator' (HiVERT - really!) which it claims will cut idle power usage by 10 per cent for a best in class power efficiency of 4.4 watts.

Perhaps the real question however is whether such innovations can hold off SSDs for yet another year especially given 512GB and 1TB SSDs are starting to make increasingly regular appearances. That said these SSDs come in form factors such as the remarkable (and terrifyingly expensive) OCZ Colossus so I'd say there's still plenty of life in the old dog yet...


Press Release (via DVICE}

Luan Bach

August 7, 2009, 1:03 pm

ooo..4.4w may mean that it may be possible to have such a drive on bus power for USB3.


August 7, 2009, 6:21 pm

That 4.4W is idle power, the startup "surge power" would be at least twice that and active power not far off. You'll need multiple USB ports :)


August 7, 2009, 8:02 pm

"Unlike the largest SSDs, the very highest capacity HDDs tend to come with a price penalty"

Do you not mean profrmance penalty?


August 7, 2009, 8:41 pm

AFAIK they haven't actually increased density on the platters in this drive, they've actually included a whole extra platter and head - unlike rivals WD and Seagate. This drive may look good now, but better to wait for the WD 7200rpm one IMHO.


August 7, 2009, 10:05 pm

Is this a real launch? with drives available now because I havent seen these anywhere. Or is this just a paperwork exercise to say they are the first because the WD 2TB drive has been available to pre-order for quite sometime now and its specs look far better than Hitachi with 64 MB cache and 5 yr warranty on the RE versions


August 7, 2009, 10:17 pm

Until it's mobile/2½" X 9½", I'm not interested.


August 8, 2009, 4:05 am

Think I'll get one of the WD 2TB 5 year warranty jobbies when W7 comes out. Should be big enough for the 64bit version.. just.

Tony Walker

August 8, 2009, 10:01 am

The 5400rpm drives are certainly availble as I've got a pair beside me in a WD Worldbook Studio RAID drive connected over eSATA. I have them as RAID 1 (mirror) but you can stripe them (RAID 0). They are a slow drive at about 3/5 speed of my Samsung HD501LJ 500gb drive.

Costs about £350 and allows you to get your backups up-to-date.

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