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Hitachi 1TB Hard Drive

Q: Where does a 1TB hard drive sit?
A: Anywhere it wants to!

Hitachi has announced that it will be making the world’s first 1 terabyte hard drive available to consumers in the first quarter of this year for the incredibly reasonable price of $399. That’s right: if you want a terabyte of storage, you could pay over a grand for a storage solution with several smaller hard drives in it, or, soon, just a few hundred bucks for a single one of these monsters.

The full specs of the soon-to-be-released drive are below the cut.

  • 1000/750 GB – SATA (GB = 1 billion bytes,
  • accessible capacity may be less)
  • 148 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
  • 1070 Mb/s max. media data rate
  • 8.7 ms average seek time (with command overhead)
  • 7,200 RPM, 4.17 ms average latency
  • Serial-ATA 3.0Gb/s
  • 32 MB data buffer – SATA
  • 26.1 mm in height (max)
  • 700g in weight (max)
  • 5/4 platters, 10/8 recording heads – SATA
  • 300 G/1 ms pulse non-operating shock
  • 9.0 (5 disk)/8.1 (4 disk) watt idle power – SATA
  • 2.9 Bels typical idle acoustics
  • 5-60 degrees C operating temperature

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