Hitachi Aims for Areal Density with 1TB Per Platter Hard Drives

Paul Lilly

Hard drive makers will be the second to tell you that size matters (and the first is clearly mistaken), but there's more to size than just raw storage space. In terms of hard drives, areal density is important too, which is why Hitachi is stoked to announce a new family of Desktar and CinemaStar hard drives that are the company's first to squeeze 1TB onto a single platter.

"The areal density race continues and while having the highest capacity is appealing, reaching 1TB per platter is equally important as it serves a full range of applications and opportunities across the industry’s largest market volume," said Brendan Collins , vice president of product marketing at Hitachi GST. "As we ship our first 1TB per platter drives, we know we’re delivering capacity, reliability and value to a broad customer base. Not only are we shipping our 1TB per platter drives to our own Branded Business, but we are shipping to our channel partners as well, enabling them to design affordable HDD-based solutions at attractive price points."

First up is the Deskstar 7K1000.D HDD family for consumer and commercial desktops. These drives spin at 7200RPM and feature a SATA 6Gbps interface and 32MB of cache. Hitachi said it also tweaked the power management technology baked inside so that the new drives consume up to 15 percent less power (idle) than previous models. For even lower power applications, Hitachi is also offering the new Desktar 5K1000.B family with a 23 percent idle power savings over the 7K1000.D.

Both drive families are also offered under Hitachi's CinemaStar label for home theater applications. These drives balance power, performance, and acoustics with more than 10 features and technologies optimized for A/V streaming.

The drives are shipping today to distributors and channel partners and should hit retail soon. No word yet on price.

Image Credit: Hitachi

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