Hitachi to hit a Terabyte by Q2

Hitachi Global Storage has just announced that it will begin selling 1Tbyte (1000Gbytes) internal hard drives by the second quarter of 2007.

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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  January 8, 2007

Hitachi Global Storage has just announced that it will begin selling 1Tbyte (1000Gbytes) internal hard drives by the second quarter of 2007. Two versions of the drive will be available for purchase. The standard model, known as the Deskstar 7K1000, targets performance users, features a 7200rpm spindle speed and will be available for purchase with either the Serial ATA (SATA) or Parallel ATA (PATA) interface. Models equipped with the SATA interface offer 32Mbytes of onboard buffer memory. The silent version of the drive, known as the Cinemastar 7K1000, targets users interested in quiet drives for home-theatre PCs and digital video players. All 1Tbyte Deskstar models will make use of five platters and employ perpendicular recording technology. Perpendicular recording is a method of storing data perpendicularly (at a 90-degrees angle) on data platters rather than longitudinally. This allows for greater density of data on the same media without running the risk of data corruption. In addition to the 1Tbyte models, Hitachi also announced drives offering 750Gbytes of storage capacity. Like the 7K1000, the 750Gbyte models, known as the 7K750, will be available as Deskstar or Cinemastar models. These drives make use of four platters and also employ perpendicular recording technology. Earlier in the month, storage vendor Seagate also announced that it will begin selling 1Tbyte models by the second quarter of 2007. Seagate was the first storage company in the world to launch and sell hard drives with 750Gbytes of storage space late last year.

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