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).