Hitachi Debuts 900GB 10,000 RPM SCSI Hard Drive

Hitachi has announced the release of a second new hard disk drive (HDD) in as many days. This one runs at 10,000 RPM, has a capacity of 900GB and a SCSI interface.

Yesterday a new four terabyte internal drive was spotted in Japan, making it the first company to do so. With today's release, you don't get so much space but you get a lot more speed. Known as the C10K900, this new HDD has a 64MB cache and an average seek time of 3.8ms. In terms of power usage, this drive is quite green, with read/write operation drawing just 5.8w and an idling power of 3w.

According to The Inquirer, this won't be the only available capacity. Hitachi will be releasing 300GB, 450GB, 600GB and 900GB capacities. To keep all your images and work secure, the company will also be offering bulk data encryption as a feature.

While the SAS interface isn't something hardware enthusiasts commonly make use of - and those focused on speed have moved over to solid state disks anyway - Hitachi claims that the new C10K900 improves upon the nearest competitor drive's performance by 18 per cent on sequential read/write speeds and up to 17 per cent on random acess.

"When combining the drive's capacity, leading performance, low power and proven quality design, the Ultrastar C10K900 is the ideal choice for today's enterprise-class servers and networked storage arrays," said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing at Hitachi.