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).

The Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 also tied for top honours on our ACDSee test, performing our scripted tasks of searching and converting files from one format (say, .jpg) to another (say, .gif) in 513 seconds. The Deskstar also sailed through our WinZip test, shaving 2 seconds off the previous best mark, established by the Samsung SpinPoint T Series HD501LJ.

The Deskstar 7K1000 turned in slightly less impressive performance on two other tests: copying files and folders, and copying very large files. It took 144 seconds to write 3.06GB of files and folders (25 seconds behind the SpinPoint, our top performer on this measure), and 117 seconds to write a single large 3.06GB zip archive (27 seconds behind the SpinPoint).

At £249, the Deskstar 7K1000, has to be considered very expensive for an internal hard drive (especially when it's only $399 in the US).

You don't mind paying more, though. The deep-bucket capacity and solid performance of the Deskstar - not to mention the limitless possibilities of what you can do with a 1TB hard drive - more than justify the premium price tag.

Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000: Specs

  • 1,000GB drive (5x 200GB platters)
  • Sata-300 interface
  • 7,200 RPM (4.17ms average latency)
  • 32MB buffer
  • 26.1mm in height
  • 700g
  • 1-year parts and labour warranty
  • Deskstar Hard Drive Configuration CD and Sata cable included for installation
  • 1,000GB drive (5x 200GB platters)
  • Sata-300 interface
  • 7,200 RPM (4.17ms average latency)
  • 32MB buffer
  • 26.1mm in height
  • 700g
  • 1-year parts and labour warranty
  • Deskstar Hard Drive Configuration CD and Sata cable included for installation

OUR VERDICT

Vast capacity and superb performance more than make up for the expense. Hitachi is the first to the 1TB hard drive market with the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000, and this is one case where first may mean best.

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