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Hitachi's 7K1000 Terabyte Hard Drive

Technical Data

ManufacturerHitachi
ModelDeskstar 7K1000
Model NumberHDS721010KLA330
Capacity1,000 GB
Spindle Speed7,200 RPM
Other Capacities750 GB
Platters5
Cache32 MB
NCQYes
InterfaceSATA/300
Warranty3 years

One Terabyte Drive Vs. Two 500 GB Drives

We found out that the new Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 is huge and fast, but it is not the fastest drive of its class, and it doesn’t provide the cost per gigabyte ratio that you can get from drives at 400 GB or 500 GB capacities. This leads us to an interesting question : Why not get two 400 or 500 GB drives instead of one 1 TB 7K1000 ?

There are several aspects you should consider before answering this question. We’ve assembled the pros and cons in the following table :

%nbsp ;1x Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000, 1 TB2x 500 GB (Hitachi, Samsung, Seagate, WD)
Capacityexcellent
Cost$ 399$230-300
Data SafetyAll data will be lost if drive fails.Data on the second drive is maintained if the first drive fails.Running a RAID 0 reduces data safety, because one failed drive will kill the contents of the entire array.
HandlingOne 1,000 GB partition doesn’t require maintenance.Two drives means that you could run out of storage on one drive and have to reconsider and reorganize your storage strategy.Running a RAID setup requires a RAID controller.Two drives create more heat, which may result in increased cooling requirements.
InstallationRequires a single SATA port and drive bay.Requires two SATA ports and two drive bays.
Other3 years warranty.Seagate offers 5 years warranty.Two separate HDDs allow the user to copy very important data onto both drives.

Test Setup

System Hardware
Processor(s)2x Intel Xeon Processor (Nocona core)3.6 GHz, FSB800, 1 MB L2 Cache
PlatformAsus NCL-DS (Socket 604)Intel E7520 Chipset, BIOS 1005
RAMCorsair CM72DD512AR-400 (DDR2-400 ECC, reg.)2x 512 MB, CL3-3-3-10 Timings
System Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar WD1200JB120 GB, 7,200 RPM, 8 MB Cache, UltraATA/100
Test Hard Drive IHitachi Deskstar 7K1000, HDS721010KLA3001,000 GB, 7,200 RPM, 32 MB Cache, SATA/300
Mass Storage Controller(s)Intel 82801EB UltraATA/100 Controller (ICH5)Silicon Image SATALink SiL3512Driver 1.2.0.57Promise FastTrak TX4310Driver 2.06.1.310Promise SATA 300TX4Driver 1.0.0.33
NetworkingBroadcom BCM5721 On-Board Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Graphics CardOn-Board GraphicsATI RageXL, 8 MB
System Hardware
Performance Measurementsc’t h2benchw 3.6PCMark05 V1.01
I/O PerformanceIOMeter 2003.05.10Fileserver-BenchmarkWebserver-BenchmarkDatabase-BenchmarkWorkstation-Benchmark
System Software & Drivers
OSMicrosoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition,Service Pack 1
Platform DriverIntel Chipset Installation Utility 7.0.0.1025
Graphics DriverDefault Windows Graphics Driver
  • JMG_22
    Purchased a new Hitachi 1 TB hard drive, but can't get Windows XP loaded without getting blue error screen? Can I use Windows restore/recovery disks with a new hard drive to install operating system.
    (old hard drive failed)
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