Hitachi delivers hard drive deluge

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has unveiled a new line up of 3TB drives for a broad range of users from consumers to OEMs.

A new 3TB, 7,200 RPM kit aimed at storage-shy consumers includes a high-performance Deskstar 7K3000 hard drive, mounting screws, step-by-step instructions. A software download allows 32- and 64-bit Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X and Linux systems to tap into the full capacity and power of the 3TB drive, as one massive data drive, without having to install extra hardware. The kit could make a handy Yuletide gift for someone geeky enough to want to add more capacity and speed to their desktop PC.

Consumers who have 32- or 64-bit Apple Mac OS X or Linux systems can enjoy the drive as a data drive or a boot drive right out of the box - no software download is required. Due to the 2.2TB limit on certain systems, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users should consult Hitachi's 2.2TB web site for system compatibility guidelines to use the drive as a boot drive.

The new Hitachi Internal Hard Drive Kit comes in capacities of 3TB and 2TB. All drives ship with a 64MB buffer and a 6Gb/s SATA interface, providing quick access to data. The 3TB Kit costs $250 Stateside

Hitachi has also launched the Hitachi XL Desktop External Drive at up to 3TB capacity. The USB 2.0 drive is wrapped in a smooth black finish and comes in capacities of 3TB, 2TB and 1TB, costing $249 for 1TB version, $170 for 2TB and $250 for 3TB. UK prices are likely to look similar, but with a rip-off £-sign where the $-sign is

Rounding off the bunch of launches is the new 3TB, 2TB and 1.5TB Deskstar 7K3000 drive family for OEMs. The Deskstar 7K3000 drive is one of the fastest 7,200 RPM drives on the market. Compared to previous generation Deskstar drives, the 7K3000 PCMark Vantage test scores show up to a 27 percent performance improvement, and an idle power savings of up at least nine percent, Hitachi says.

The related Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 family comes in the now-familiar 3TB, 2TB and 1.5TB capacities, with a 32MB buffer. These drives use Hitachi's proprietary Coolspin Technology to up to 29 per cent lower power and 14 per cent quieter acoustics than the Deskstar 7K3000.

The Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 drives have been shipping to OEMs since November 2010. The 1.5TB and 2TB Deskstar 5K3000 drives with Coolspin technology will ship in December; the 3TB Deskstar 5K3000 will ship next quarter.