Hitachi today announced what it claims to be the first 1TB (one terrabyte) capacity hard drive in the UK. The Deskstar 7K1000 first shipped in March 2007, and is now available through and PC World stores throughout the UK for £249.

The Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 was announced at CES 2007. The 1TB hard drive is built on perpendicular magnetic recording technology, allowing Hitachi to extend capacity beyond that available in current products.

The Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 features a 3GBps (gigabytes per second) Sata (Serial-ATA) interface and a 32MB data buffer to provide the performance required for high-end PC applications.

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"The Deskstar 7K1000 delivers high capacity and high performance and is ideally suited to meet the requirements of PC enthusiasts," said Nick Kyriacou, director of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.

Dell recently shipped the world's first PC systems with 1TB hard drives in the US , and Seagate has announced that it plans to launch its own 1TB hard drive in the next month.

Huge 1TB hard drives such as the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 are set to become important as home users stack up hefty video, music and image files on their PCs.