Hitachi toda announced the very first hard drive with a storage capacity of 1 terabyte. The Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 will start shipping later this quarter for $399, or roughly 40 cents per GB.
Along with the Deskstar 7K1000 for the retail market, Hitachi is also announcing today a CinemaStar version 1TB hard drive, which provides optimized capabilities specifically designed for digital video recording (DVR) applications. Consumers have come to rely on their digital video recorders (DVRs) to record and store their favorite programs, and with the increasing availability of high-definition (HD) TV programming, 1TB of storage will become a necessity. High-definition video requires 4 to 5 times more storage capacity than standard-definition video and a terabyte drive allows viewers to easily store and retrieve almost 250 hours of HD programming (additional storage facts can be found in the accompanying press release addendum).
SATA 3.0Gb/s and PATA-133 interfaces
Ramp load design for increased shock protection
Three low-power idle modes to boost power efficiency
CinemaStar 7K1000 – DVR applications
Adaptive error recovery and SMART command transport for optimized video streaming and picture quality
Smooth Stream Technology to optimize the drive for audio/video applications requiring reliable storage