Hitachi didn't win the race to 3TB, but it did blaze a new trail by introducing its new 3TB Ultrastar 7K3000 hard drive. What makes this drive unique is that it's the first enterprise-class, 3.5-inch HDD to offer this much capacity. In addition, it's the only 7,200 RPM drive this side of the Milky Way to come rated at 2 million MTBF.
"From early-stage research to design and development to component selection and manufacturing, we have multi-layer processes in place to ensure that our customers receive the highest quality products throughout the entire life of the hard drive program," said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing at Hitachi GST. "Raising our MTBF to 2 million hours on our Ultrastar 7K3000 family reinforces this quality commitment. Our new Ultrastar drives will continue to play an important and growing role in data centers that require 24x7 availability for cloud storage, massive scale out (MSO) data farms, data warehousing, disk-to-disk backup, RAID arrays, and more."
For those who plan to build a data farm around these drives, Hitachi says it kept TCO to a minimum. The 7K3000 purportedly offers a 32 percent reduction in watts-per-gigabyte compared to previous generation Ultrastar A7K2000 drives.
The Ultrastar 7K3000 family (3TB and 2TB capacities) is now shipping with a 6Gb/s SATA interface. Hitachi will roll out a 6Gb/s SAS variant in mid-2011.
Hitachi can now add its name to the list of hard drive makers kicking out 3TB HDDs with the introduction of not one, but three new high capacity drives/bundles.
First up is the Hitachi's Deskstar Internal Hard Drive Kit. This includes a 3TB 7K3000 hard drive spinning at 7,200RPM, mounting screws, step-by-step instructions, and a software download that allows both 32-bit and 64-bit OSes to take advantage of the new drive.
Hitachi also released its XL Desktop External Drive for backup on the go, however you'll have to make do with a USB 2.0 interface instead of the much sexier SuperSpeed spec.
Finally, you can pick up the 3TB Deskstar 7K3000 and 5K3000 family of drives by themselves, both of which ship in 3TB, 2TB, and 1.5TB capacities.