Solid state drives may be taking the world by storm, but they’ve still got quite a ways to go in terms of how many bytes you get for your buck. In that arena, good old magnetic disks have them beat, and Hitachi is showing off their new two terabyte drive to prove it.
Five platters, ma!
While Western Digital unleashed their own 2TB drive some time ago, it’s part of their Caviar Green line, which raises energy efficiency at the cost of performance and speed. Hitachi’s new drive runs at a full 7200RPM, so it should nicely jump ahead of Western Digital’s offering in terms of performance. The new Deskstar 7K2000 runs on the SATA 3Gbps interface and comes packing 32MB of RAM to use for caching purposes.
Hitachi mentioned that the new behemoth won’t be the only drive in the series, however, as drives will be available with the new specifications in sizes ranging from 160GB (I didn’t know they still bothered making 3.5-inch drives that small, either) all the way up to, obviously, 2TB. In addition to being capacious, the drive features Hitachi’s latest in power management technologies, with a claimed ten percent reduction in overall power usage over previous generations of drives.
Unfortunately, price and retail availability have yet to be announced.