Wednesday, July 9th 2008

Hitachi Unveils the Most Energy-efficient 1TB HDD

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has rolled out its second-generation terabyte hard drive (HDD), which it claimed to be the most energy efficient 7200rpm 1TB HDD. The 3.5" Deskstar 7K1000.B consumes 43 per cent less power than its predecessor, Hitachi said. That's in part because it uses three platters, each holding up to up to 375 GB of data, rather than five, cutting the number of read/write heads from ten to six. Part of the energy-efficiency also comes from the fact that 3Gb/s SATA (SATA II) drives also use power management techniques developed for mobile hard drives.

Hitachi said the drives provide on-board automatic data encryption based on the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)tough enough for the US government. The Deskstar 7K1000.B and an enterprise version designed for 24/7 operation, the Deskstar E7K1000, go on sale later this month priced at US $239 and US $279, respectively.Source: Register Hardware
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22 Comments on Hitachi Unveils the Most Energy-efficient 1TB HDD

#1
mab1376
no way I'd ever buy a Hitachi Deathstar, they have the highest failure rate Ive personally encountered other than Western Digital.
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#2
tigger
I'm the only one
My mate just bought an hitachi 7k1000,i dont know if its the B version though.He did pay £199 for it though from pcworld uk.He is a muppet,because he could not wait he got it from there.I found it for £96 cheaper at some online uk stores.

Edit-I have used hitachi drives quite a bit,in the old days hitachi drives were bad for faiilure,but not any more.When they used to fail a lot it was mostly the ibm/hitachi drives.

Maxtor drives are muuch worse,most in my experience with friends only last two years.
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#3
jocksteeluk
by: tigger69
My mate just bought an hitachi 7k1000,i dont know if its the B version though.He did pay £199 for it though from pcworld uk.He is a muppet,because he could not wait he got it from there.I found it for £96 cheaper at some online uk stores.
lol surely everyone knows PC world are the most expensive pc store in Britain, lol.
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#4
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
Samsung HDDs are better (from my experience). Wonder what the power consumption of their HD103UJ is like compared to this new Hitachi drive. I'm too tired to 'investigate' anything right now.
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#5
tigger
I'm the only one
He was impatient jock,and a muppet for paying that much.
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#6
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
If he's happy fair enough, but you should constantly mention how much cheaper everywhere else is.

^^
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#7
mab1376
by: tigger69
Maxtor drives are muuch worse,most in my experience with friends only last two years.
That's strange since they're now owned by Seagate who has the industry's lowest failure rate.

Last time i bought a Maxtor was years ago and sure enough i did fail. they replaced it though, too bad for my data.
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#8
tigger
I'm the only one
I dont know how bad they are since being bought by seagate,hopefully the blight is gone.
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#9
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
by: tigger69
Maxtor drives are muuch worse,most in my experience with friends only last two years.
Ive owned 4 Maxtor hard drives since 2003 - All 4 of them were bought way before they became part of Seagate. I still have them Maxtors in my rig then only hard drive ive ever had fail on me was a old 80Gb Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm a long time ago - it was one of the new hard drives i bought when making my first Custom build (codenamed: Akira) it failed 2 weeks after assembly. lost a ton of stuff. mainly music.

I RMA'd the drive but i think I ended giving it away or selling it in the end lol
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[I.R.A]_FBi
by: mab1376
no way I'd ever buy a Hitachi Deathstar, they have the highest failure rate Ive personally encountered other than Western Digital.
something can fail more than WD?
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#11
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
FDDs (fail-disk-drives) are region specific. Some brands just don't go well with the people of a region.
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#12
[I.R.A]_FBi
Western Dig doesnt like the tropics ... or the other way round ...
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#13
Drac
im happy with the samsung F1 HD103UJ 1TB, only 124 € and its fast as hell, its the fastest drive i have ever had, and that hitachi is overpriced, its not a worth buy and i doubt its better than the samsung
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#14
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
Speaking of tropics.... over in Hong Kong when it gets to the Typhoon/Monsoon season my uncles PSU ALWAYS fails lol. i think hes on his 3rd or 4th PSU. obviously i advised him to get a proper brand name but its Hong Kong you you get like 50 odd unknown brands that sell for cheap & he doesnt really under stand the whole wattage & Reliability thing..... -.- if its a small box with a few cables comin out of it & a plug to attach it to mains it is teh win

theres places which sell all the decent gear - about 3-4 3storey Malls that sell nothing BUT computer hardware & other computer related goods.

hardware doesnt like when its hot n humid.
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#15
ASharp
Wait...375GB per platter? Wonder what kind of speeds this thing gets.

Also, the Samsung F1 1TB appears to be a very good drive in terms of speed and such but it seems to be associated with high failure rates as well which is what keeps me away from them. I would imagine it would really suck to lose a terabyte of data.
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[I.R.A]_FBi
by: FreedomEclipse
Speaking of tropics.... over in Hong Kong when it gets to the Typhoon/Monsoon season my uncles PSU ALWAYS fails lol. i think hes on his 3rd or 4th PSU. obviously i advised him to get a proper brand name but its Hong Kong you you get like 50 odd unknown brands that sell for cheap & he doesnt really under stand the whole wattage & Reliability thing..... -.- if its a small box with a few cables comin out of it & a plug to attach it to mains it is teh win

theres places which sell all the decent gear - about 3-4 3storey Malls that sell nothing BUT computer hardware & other computer related goods.

hardware doesnt like when its hot n humid.
maybe its voltage spikes caused by lightning hitting the power lines feeding to him.
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#17
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
My WD has been great to me and has not failed. My samsung on the other hand died at about 3 years. Maxtor is Seagate's B-Stock, so the drives that are slightly bad, they sell under that name.
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#18
mab1376
if that's true its very funny. :laugh:
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#19
InnocentCriminal
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by: PVTCaboose1337
My WD has been great to me and has not failed. My samsung on the other hand died at about 3 years. Maxtor is Seagate's B-Stock, so the drives that are slightly bad, they sell under that name.
I've never had a Samsung drive fail on me yet and I have 4. My IDE 160GB has been going for over 5 years now and has been my primary HDD since I bought it.

Saying that, we use WD at work and even though I'm not impressed by them, I've only seen 10 or so fail since I've been at my job (7 months).
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#20
mab1376
I used to work in retail PC repair and i say tons and tons of WD and Hitachi drives die.
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#21
tigger
I'm the only one
So whats the concensus then? samsung ftw :D

I have two sp2504c 250's,been fine for two years now.
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#22
Rash-Un-Al
W D

Considering these new Hitachi drives boast an areal density of 375GB per platter (perhaps greater than any consumer drive in the world), they are sequential read/write underperformers, when compared to the 334GB-per-platter Samsung F1 1TB and new 320GB-per-platter WD Caviar SE16.

Currently, WD Caviar SE16s seem to be the most balanced drives, in terms of price, sequential reads/writes, decibel output, heat, power consumption per platter, I/O performance, and built-in RAID optimizations/scaling. Unfortunately, however, I don't believe WD has released a 3-platter 1TB version of said drive as of yet (although they do have a slower 1TB drive not based on the new 320GB platters). So, this performance is bound to their 320GB and 640GB variants for the time being. The Samsung F1 is very fast – especially with sequential reading, but flounders in high I/O and seek scenarios – areas in which the Caviars do fairly well.

http://www.techreport.com/articles.x/14380/6
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