Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 3TB SATA 3 HDD
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Solid State Drive prices may have dropped quite a lot in the past months but still there's a huge gap between their price/capacity ratio and the price/capacity ratio of normal hard disk drives which is still the most important factor most people look at. Of course you can always get an SSD to place your operating system in and turn to normal HDDs for your storage needs something done by most enthusiasts and gamers alike. Even so however choosing the appropriate HDD for your needs is not something easy since there are countless HDD models out in the market for you to choose from entry level models with good transfer speeds and low power requirements (also known as Green drives) to high end ones with quite faster data transfer speeds and as expected higher power requirements. Today we are taking a thorough look at a high end HDD and specifically the latest Hitachi offering, the Ultrastar 7K3000 3TB SATA 3 HDD.
Hitachi GST was formed in 2003 from the strategic merger of the storage technology businesses within IBM Corporation and Hitachi, Ltd. Since that time, the company has built on the heritage of both industry pioneers to grow profitably as a major contributor in the global storage industry. The company has worked to bring a customer-focused and full-service approach to its storage solutions. In doing so, the company has set a high standard for product and service excellence with world-class operations, substantial technical knowledge and a comprehensive customer support infrastructure.
Almost 3 months ago we had the chance to test the latest Deskstar 7K3000 3TB SATA 3 HDD by Hitachi which is part of their main product line aimed towards casual users in need of extra storage capacity. These drives performed very well and even managed to somewhat compete with the latest enterprise-class Constellation ES.2 3TB hard disk drives by Seagate. After that it was only a matter of time for us to get their latest enterprise-class Ultrastar 7K3000 3TB and see how much better they would do. As Hitachi points in their product page the Ultrastar 7K3000 features a 5-platter mechanical design and is the world’s first and only 7200 RPM hard drive rated at 2.0 million hours MTBF backed by a five-year limited warranty. Certainly these facts alone are quite impressive but let’s move forward and see how well they do in the performance level segment.