Hitachi GST announces first 7,200RPM 2TB hard drive

Its fun to think that ten years ago the biggest hard drive available was 73 gigabytes. However with the constant and near unstoppable push to solid state drives, hard disk manufacturers must continue to press on. Fast forward to today and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies becomes just the first vendor to announce a 2TB 7,200RPM desktop hard drive.

Hitachi is not the first hard drive manufacturer to reach 2TB, Western Digital did that earlier this year, but the first 2TB drives were limited to a read/write of 5,400RPM. Seagate hit 5,900 RPM earlier this year as well, but again these new drives will have a distinct speed advantage. These early speed disadvantages slowed sales for businesses and professionals, who need to move large amounts of data, and quickly. The new drives are 3Gbit/s SATA II with a 32MB cache, and feature five hard disk magnetic platters.

While this upgrade comes on the desktop front, Hitachi has said that they are working to make laptop hard drives larger as well, which are traditionally much smaller than their desktop counterparts. One would have to assume that advancements on 2.5'' laptop hard disk platters would be directly because of growing SSD market share. And while Hitachi has pledged to create several new technologies to condense large density platters, a 2TB laptop drive is not likely coming anytime soon.

The new desktop drives will be launching this Friday and will be list priced at $329.00 US. For more information on Hitachi Global Storage Technologies check out http://www.hitachi.com

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It has five platters though. Also has it really been ten years since 73gb drives were the largest? My first new computer had a 4GB hard drive and I thought that was huge (which it was compared to the 20MB hard drive in the old PC I was using before). Now I feel old. :P

join the club mine was a 102MB quantum XL II which had the card and controller all in one big ISA package then i moved onto an seagate 545MB and back to a quantum fireball EX 4.8GB ( i now have 2TB of hdd space)

I'd say with 500GB 2.5" drives, laptops have already hit a wall in that most people don't need more space (as compared to the desktop arena where more is always better). It is clear that the next big market for these manufacturers is in solid state disk technology and yet I see few, if any traditional players in the storage market making plans for the eventual shift that is to come. Granted, these companies won't die as the 3.5" storage market is HUGE, but if a company isn't innovating, then it's definitely stagnating.

dagamer34 said,
I'd say with 500GB 2.5" drives, laptops have already hit a wall in that most people don't need more space (as compared to the desktop arena where more is always better). It is clear that the next big market for these manufacturers is in solid state disk technology and yet I see few, if any traditional players in the storage market making plans for the eventual shift that is to come. Granted, these companies won't die as the 3.5" storage market is HUGE, but if a company isn't innovating, then it's definitely stagnating.

Are you kidding me? I have 2 drives inside my laptop. A 320GB and a 500GB. I need more space too.

BTW, They need to continue to work on write speeds for SSD. At least the one I benchmarked was very fast on reads but horrible on writes. That isn't going to reflect on the market but I am going to hold off for a bit. Oh and they need to be bigger too.

dagamer34 said,
I'd say with 500GB 2.5" drives, laptops have already hit a wall in that most people don't need more space (as compared to the desktop arena where more is always better).


It's not just laptops that use 2.5" drives. I have an EEE-Box B202 (http://techreport.com/articles.x/15234) that uses the same drive form factor; I replaced its puny 80GB drive for a 500GB one, and I'm using it as my domain server, backups, media hosting, etc. It's on 24/7 and uses very little power (less than 30 watts)...it doesn't make much sense to me to use a beefier machine for these purposes, and I need more than just a NAS. As for using an external drive, well, that would be one more drive spinning 24/7 (while the machine already needs one, one way or another). So to me this works out just fine. There's definitely room for large 2.5" drives.

PS3 also uses the same 2.5" drive, Xbox to, however thats not user replaceable (officially).

I assume a lot more DVR will use 2.5" in the future for smaller form factors.

dagamer34 said,
I'd say with 500GB 2.5" drives, laptops have already hit a wall in that most people don't need more space (as compared to the desktop arena where more is always better). It is clear that the next big market for these manufacturers is in solid state disk technology and yet I see few, if any traditional players in the storage market making plans for the eventual shift that is to come. Granted, these companies won't die as the 3.5" storage market is HUGE, but if a company isn't innovating, then it's definitely stagnating.

Um we have reached 1TB 2.5" drives....

Ah memories of buying 10x 120GB Deskstar HDD's and having to send 9 back within the first month. Think those were some of the first to offer only a 1 Year warranty as well.

Plus this drive is over-priced. I wouldn't pay that much for a 7200 RPM magnetic disk hard drive. Especially when you consider that if you look hard enough you can find 1TB and 1.5TB drives for $100 - $125. Like I'd pay $200 for the additional 500GB. Get real Hitachi.

Tim Dawg said,
Plus this drive is over-priced. I wouldn't pay that much for a 7200 RPM magnetic disk hard drive. Especially when you consider that if you look hard enough you can find 1TB and 1.5TB drives for $100 - $125. Like I'd pay $200 for the additional 500GB. Get real Hitachi.


Good point.

soaptray said,
Thats just what we need... having 2 TB of data lost when the drive decides to fail in 3 years. ahaha.


I've heard that when we reached 1TB.
I've heard that when we reached 500GB.
I've heard that when we reached 1GB.
I've heard that when we reached 500MB.

Or are you saying you don't do backups?

Hardly anyone seems to do backups. It should almost be forced and required.

As we acquire more and more data, consumers are going to lose more and more. Neowin probably wont be as affected as the general population, but I bet a fair number of community members fail to backup.

Intelman said,
Hardly anyone seems to do backups. It should almost be forced and required.

As we acquire more and more data, consumers are going to lose more and more. Neowin probably wont be as affected as the general population, but I bet a fair number of community members fail to backup.


Well...since price/GB goes down every year, people have less reasons to do backups over time. I have little sympathy for those who don't do backups.

who in their right mind is going to sit there and back-up to DVD or blue ray for that matter 2TB of data do you know how long that would take you'd be there for a week just doin the back-up even if you used DAT and did only incrementle back-ups it's still going to take you while to do so tape isn't exactly the speed demon of back-up and at the price they want for these HDD's who can afford 3 or more for Raid5 or 10

actually would you all like to know something funny just about every online store in NZ states that the 2TB WD cavier HDD's are 7200RPM and there were quite a few those that didn't just simply neglected to state an rpm speed

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