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Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 (1 Terabyte) HDD review

The terabyte race for consumer desktop hard drives has been on for a long time, now the first generation of drives is here. On April 25th, Hitachi announced that it would begin shipping the Deskstar 7K1000, their latest series of consumer hard drives, weighting in at 750GB and a monstrous 1000GB (1TB). The 1TB version which we are reviewing today is slated at $399, a serious price tag for this colossal amount of storage.

The Deskstar 7K1000 represents a milestone for Hitachi and for the hard drive industry as a whole, as it is the first drive to offer a 1 terabyte capacity. However, Hitachi has not simply grabbed five 200GB platters and stuck them together to create a 1TB hard drive. Rather, there is much more to the Deskstar 7K1000, such as its Serial ATA II interface and the massive 32MB memory buffer. This is also the first desktop Hitachi drive to feature PMR technology (Perpendicular Magnetic Recording).

View: Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 (1 Terabyte) Hard Drive @ TechSpot

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Most of the top tier drives are OK, but anything that spins at 7200+ RPM is going to fail now and again. So the smart money goes with the longest warranty.

That tactic has allowed me to have four or five drive failures in as many years without my having had to pay for a single drive replacement. And since all my important data is on drives in a RAID 1 configuration, I've never lost a single bit of that data due to drive failure either.

Frankly, I can use a 1TB or larger drive right now. But since the Seagate Barracuda carries a five year warranty and this Hitachi only carries three years, I'm probably going wait for the longer warranty drive – as long as I don't have to wait too long.

I have owned three IBM hard drives and one went bad after five years of beating the drive. I have two Hitachis right now and I have no problems. Heat and noise is average and performance is good. I had three Maxtors one time and two started to fail in the first year. I will never buy Maxtor again. I have had several WD hard drives and they started to fail after about a year. I no longer buy WD but I might buy them if I wanted the Raptor. My laptop had a Fujitsu but it's performance was horrible so I changed it out with a Hitachi.

I have heard a lot about people saying IBM hard drives were bad but I think it was a certain model and that was right before they sold out to Hitachi.

rather buy a Fujitsu. IBM's were foul way back when, including that interestingly glass plates on my 20 gb hard drive. that was a first. Then the 2.5 inch IBM failed right away on one of my Dell laptops and the Hitatchi Sata drive in my D820 is hotter than hell and noiser than a Seagate IDE. Its actually slower than my Seagate IDE. So unless it came with a Dell laptop, or some other computer, I wouldn't in my right mind actually buy one of these.

I call these things Deathstars... To high a failure rate for my tastes, although it has been a few years since I tried them, perhaps its changed...

Hiitachi bought IBM's storage division so there is room for thinking things have changed over the last few years when there was a huge batch of Deskstar failing drives.

Having Three Hitachi 250GB Hard Drives in my computer for nearly 2 years, i'd say things have changed since the old deathstar times.

Isnt it cheaper to add twoo 500GB? Im thinking of buying one for now and another later and use them in an external case connected with firewire.

The point with this drive is not to get the cheapest gigabytes per buck, but to get the most out of a single drive. If you want the most storage out of n bays, then ou buy n of these drives. If n is low, then you lose a lot by buying 500 GB disks.

Forget firewire, go with 3 Gbps SATA instead.

Saadu said,
Isnt it cheaper to add twoo 500GB? Im thinking of buying one for now and another later and use them in an external case connected with firewire.

A JBOD is all well and good until you actually need redundancy, in this case you want the largest drives available to start creating your RAID...