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Thread: Hitachi Deskstar SATA drives announced

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2002


    Hitachi Deskstar 250GB hard drive combines super-speed with super-capacity

    Hitachi Global Storage Technologies today announced a new ATA/Serial ATA desktop hard drive that extends the company’s long-standing tradition of performance leadership. The 3.5-inch Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 uses 80+ GB per platter technology to deliver up to one-quarter terabyte (250GB) of storage capacity. Hitachi's newest 7200 RPM hard drive is designed to excel in traditional desktop environments. The hard drive’s super-capacity points and fast data access are also well-suited to meet the needs of near-line storage, disk-to-disk backup, gaming and other performance applications.

    The new drive maintains its technology edge with industry leading performance in a desktop drive. Hitachi is further addressing customers' need-for-speed with a number of technical improvements, including adoption of the Serial ATA (SATA) interface. Hitachi's optimization of SATA along with expanded cache features and leading media transfer rate all combine to give users super fast access to their data.

    Performance Leadership
    The new Deskstar 7K250 is well-suited for use in ATA RAID and other data-intensive environments, such as network-attached storage, PC gaming and digital video recording and editing. The hard drive’s 250GB of storage capacity also provides a simple and cost effective alternative to tape for disk-to-disk backup and data recovery.

    Serial ATA Interface
    The Deskstar 7K250 will ship with an optional SATA interface that is designed to address the growing performance requirements of today’s desktop systems. SATA is a scalable interface technology that currently delivers a maximum data transfer rate of up to 150MB per second. SATA also simplifies device configuration, improves data integrity and provides for performance increases in future generations of the interface. The new SATA drives will also use a compact cabling structure and smaller connectors that are designed to enhance air flow and reduce system complexity.

    Hitachi first showcased prototype SATA drives at an Intel Developer Forum in February 2002. The company has also been an active member of the SATA II Working Group, which has helped to define and design the industry specification.

    The Deskstar 7K250's durable design protects customer’s data with up to 350 G (2ms) of non-operating shock (one and two-disk models) for increased drive reliability and data protection. Fluid dynamic bearing motors are also used to ensure “whisper-quiet” operation.

    The Deskstar 7K250's high capacity and performance offerings are backed by Hitachi’s renowned compatibility testing labs and worldwide distribution support. The 2MB and 8MB-buffer drives carry one and three-year warranties, respectively.

    Hitachi is currently shipping Deskstar 7K250 drives that use a parallel ATA interface and expects to ship SATA-based drives in production by the end of June.

    Technical Specifications
    Deskstar 7K250
    250 / 160 / 120 / 80 / 40 GB (GB = 1 billion bytes, accessible capacity may be less)
    757 Mb/s max. media data rate
    8.5 ms / 8.5 ms / 8.8 ms average seek time
    7,200 RPM, 4.17 ms average latency
    ATA-100/Serial ATA
    25.4 mm in height
    62.3 billion bits per square inch maximum areal density
    3 / 2 / 1 aluminum platter(s)
    6 / 4 / 3 / 2 / 1 GMR recording heads
    350 G (2ms) non-operating shock (one and two-disk models)
    300 G (2ms) non-operating shock (three-disk models)
    7 / 5.9 / 5 watt idle power (Parallel ATA)
    7.6 / 6.5 / 5.6 watt idle power (Serial ATA)
    3.0 / 2.8 / 2.6 Bels typical idle acoustics
    Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) spindle motor

    HGST Press release

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    New England Highlands, Australia


    A reincarnation of the original "Deathstars" I take it after IBM sold their hard drive business off? :?:

  3. #3
    Beefy Guest


    Are people going to trust these drives ever again?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    New England Highlands, Australia


    Yes ya would've thought that they'd have changed the name to something else so that reputation didn't impact on their sales.

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