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Hitachi intros 'world's first' 1Tbyte hard drive

Posted: 11 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Hard drive? storage? DVR? Hitachi? digital lifestyle?

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has announced the industry's first terabyte (Tbyte) hard drive. Promising superior performance and reliability, as well as capacity, this 1Tbyte hard drive meets the needs of consumers who want to create, share and store lots of digital information.

Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000 will begin shipping to retail customers Q1 2007 at a suggested retail price of $399, or 40 cents per gigabyte. This new consumer-friendly price makes ultrahigh storage capacity more affordable and accessible than ever before.

DVR apps
Along with the Deskstar 7K1000 for the retail market, Hitachi also announced a CinemaStar version 1Tbyte hard drive, which provides optimized capabilities specifically designed for digital video recording (DVR) applications. Consumers have come to rely on their DVRs to record and store their favorite programs, and with the increasing availability of HDTV programming, 1Tbyte of storage will become a necessity. High-definition video requires four to five times more storage capacity than standard-definition video and a terabyte drive allows viewers to easily store and retrieve almost 250hrs hours of HD programming.

"The industry's first one-terabyte hard drive represents a milestone that is 50yrs in the making, and it reasserts the hard drive's leadership as the highest-capacity, lowest-cost storage technology," said Shinjiro Iwata, chief marketing officer, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. "In the 51st year, Hitachi is leading a new era for hard drivesnot only providing large amounts of affordable storage, but also customizing and optimizing hard drives to deliver products that are smarter, more durable and more useful to the consumer."

Digital lifestyle
Hitachi's 1Tbyte products deliver the performance and reliability required for the digital lifestyle. The 3.5-inch, 7200 RPM Parallel-ATA/Serial-ATA hard drives are built on reliable perpendicular magnetic recording technology, first established with Hitachi's Travelstar 2.5-inch and 1.8-inch product lines.

The Deskstar 7K1000 SATA version will be available Q1 2007 at 750Gbyte and 1Tbyte capacities. The 1TB capacity point will have a suggested retail price of $399. The CinemaStar 1TB hard drive will be available in Q2.

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