Hitachi Rolls out 3TB Deskstar 7K3000 Hard Disk Drive

Hitachi has become the third manufacturer to release a 3TB hard disk drive on the market, following Seagate and Western Digital in July and October respectively.

Two models will be available, a 5400RPM model called the 5K3000 and a 7200RPM model known as the 7K3000. The first one will come with 32MB cache and the second one a beefier 64MB buffer.

Both of them will have a 6Gbps SATA interface with a claimed maximum transfer rate of 1.66Gbps. 2TB and 1.5TB versions of the hard disk drives - which are being sold as eco-friendly, halogen-free storage devices - will also be brought on the market.

HGST chose to equip its hard disk drives with 600GB platters compared to Western Digital's 750GB ones which pack more capacity but are more costly to produce apparently.

Hitachi's drive won't come with an AHCI-compliant host bus adapter like some of its competitors which means that legacy systems with BIOS won't be able to boot from them.

Morecomputers is currently taking preorder for the device at £162.17, which is nearly three times the price of an entry level 2TB hard disk drive.

Back in May, we met with Nick Kyriacou, Director, EMEA at Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, who told us that the Japanese storage giant had nothing planned when it came to 3TB storage drives.

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