The Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 is the UK's first single 1TB (terabyte) hard drive. And our review of the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 shows it can hold 150 high-definition movies or more than 300,000 high-resolution photos.

Hitachi's new Deskstar 7K1000, the first hard drive to achieve a capacity of 1TB, has arrived in the UK. And it's brilliant, scoring near the top on our performance tests. But be prepared to pay a premium of £249 for the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000's high performance and high capacity.

Having 1TB of storage space permits the Deskstar 7K1000 to pack 330,000 high-resolution digital photos (at 3MB a pop) or about 150 high-definition movies (encoded at 9MBps [megabytes per second] using Mpeg4) on a single drive.

News: Hitachi ships UK's first single 1TB hard drive

Before the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000, if you wanted to achieve colossal capacity, you had to use disk spanning to yoke multiple 250GB drives together, or you had to use either disk spanning or striping (Raid 0) to pair two 500GB drives.

To achieve its massive capacity, the hard drive packs 200GB on to each of its five platters; that's up from 100GB per platter on Hitachi's 500GB model. The Deskstar 7K1000 is Hitachi's first 3.5in drive to use perpendicular magnetic recording to record data (Hitachi did previously use perpendicular technology in its mobile hard-drive line).

The Deskstar 7K1000 was a formidable performer in the PC Advisor Test Centre, earning top scores in our tests. Hitachi's 1TB hard drive finished first on our file-search test, requiring just 151 seconds to search for a text string in the 11.7GB of content that we placed on the drive (beating its smaller-capacity sibling, the Deskstar 7K400, by 7 seconds).

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