A double whammy for storage buffs today: both Hitachi and Seagate in the first half of this year (sooner, in Hitachi’s case).

I’m not surprised that the 1TB limit has been reached. I’m surprised, rather, that Hitachi’s offering is going to be only ≈$400. As of a couple of weeks ago, Seagate’s 750GB drive was well over $500.

Certainly, perpendicular recording was a breakthrough, but at the same time, I’m still waiting for all the revolutionary technologies we’ve been promised—rather than creeping up by degrees, things like HAMR will very suddenly give people way more storage than they need.

Still….. one terabyte is an awfully big drive for only $400. Though I’d hate to buy it, fill it with data, and have it go south (Hitachi’s got a shaky reputation).

§1603 · January 5, 2007 · Tags: ·

10 Comments to “1TB hard drives”

  1. Christopher says:

    I’ve got to be honest, I think I’d rather go with a Raid0 setup, just because it should faster access times and parallel reads.

  2. rob says:

    Christopher, double the chance of failure, twice the data to lose, and a negligible (if even existent) performance increase? Sod that.

  3. Ben says:

    The more hard drives I accrue, the more worried I am about such a thing. The problem is, the temptation to double storage space as opposed to making it doubly secure is a great one.

  4. rob says:

    Three or four of these in a RAID 5 looks very tempting. 2-3GB of storage from 3-4 drives tolerant of one drive failure? That’s the stuff of dreams.

    Yes, yes, “RAID isn’t a backup!”, but none of my data is important enough to warrant more than that. I FTP university stuff so it’s on my local machine, my web server and my university network storage; everything else I can pretty much afford to lose, since it’s just either media that I can re-acquire or installed programs I can re-install.

  5. rob says:

    Also, Hitachi aren’t “shaky” at all—the days of “Deathstars” are long gone.

  6. Ben says:

    Well, granted, I haven’t really researched hard drives since I was building my computers in 2003/4. You say that Hitachi’s changed the Desktar reputation?

  7. rob says:

    From what I’ve heard, certainly. Not tried one myself though; I have two Maxtors and a WD. I based my decisions on price-per-GB primarily and then warranty, although most brands are much of a muchness.

  8. Seriously? I guess I just assumed that it’d be faster, I’ve never really had a reason to use raid. Fair enough.

  9. S4R says:

    What about noise from these things? My understanding is that Seagate’s 750s are already noisy.

  10. Ben says:


    It depends on the RAID config. Striping could be faster in theory, but there are a lot of bottlenecks for a desktop rig.


    The existing line is only increasing in size by increasing aureal density, which shouldn’t have any effect on the mechanical noise. The complaints you hear about loud Seagates might simply be from extraneous circumstances, like improper mounts, bad units, or poor sound dampening in the tower.

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