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Hitachi’s Deskstar 7K3000 3TB Hard Drive Review

Almost exactly one week ago, Western Digital announced its intention to buy Hitachi’s hard-drive business. The deal is still pending regulatory approval, but if it passes muster, this will be the second time IBM’s storage division has changed hands in the last decade. After building up a nice reputation with the Deskstar, IBM was plagued by a wave of click-of-death failures that may have prompted the company to sell off its HDD assets. Hitachi picked up the storage unit, and while it struggled to erase the Deathstar tarnish, the industrial and electronics giant ultimately impressed by becoming the first to cram a terabyte into a 3.5″ hard drive.

Today, we have another Deskstar milestone: the 7K3000 3TB. Hitachi didn’t reach the 3TB mark first, though; that honor belongs to Western Digital for its latest Caviar Green. The thing is, the Caviar Green is one of those tree-hugging, 5,400-RPM models that sacrifices performance to lower noise levels and power consumption. That’s fine if you’re equipping a home-theater PC or want silent secondary storage to back a wicked-fast SSD system drive, but it’s a little sluggish for a desktop’s primary hard drive. The Deskstar 7K3000 spins its three terabytes at 7,200 RPM, and it’s the only internal hard drive you can buy that does so.

Interface 6Gbps
Spindle speed 7,200 RPM
Cache size 64MB
Platter capacity 600GB
Areal density 411 Gb/in²
Available capacities 1.5, 2, 3TB
Max media transfer rate 207MB/s
Idle acoustics 2.9 Bels
Idle power 6.8W
Warranty length Three years

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