Hitachi ships world’s first 2TB drive to spin at 7200 RPM

Hitachi ships world\'s first 2TB drive to spin at 7200 RPM

You can’t be too rich, too thin or have too much disk space, so this 2TB Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000 internal hard disk is appealing enough. But this 3.5-inch drive spins at 7200RPM, the world’s first of its capacity to do such a thing. What does that mean for you and me? Not only will it hold a boatload of data, but that quick spinning makes it read and write faster than the only other 2-terabyte hard drive, the Western Digital Caviar Green drive we’ve been using and adoring for the past four months here.

Even so, this full-sized Hitachi internal drive is not quite as jaw-dropping as that tiny 2TB Sony Memory Stick we saw earlier today, but this quick-spinning five-platter SATA II Deskstar is a whole lot faster than any mere Memory Stick, and looks like it’s church-mouse quiet, too. Two terabytes is a whole lot of disk space, but if you start feeling like a disk-space glutton, console yourself with the fact that it’s efficient enough to install into Energy Star-rated PCs. And unlike the 2TB Memory Stick, this drive actually exists, and it’s shipping now.


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