One of the reasons to move from 32-bit to 64-bit versions of an operating system is to allow the computer to see more memory. Hitachi has announced that its massive 3TB HDDs are now shipping to OEMs and system builders for use in computer systems. This 3TB HDD is the first to break the 2.2TB storage barrier on a 32-bit Windows XP computer with no additional hardware according to Hitachi.
Hitachi is also offering a new kit with the 3TB HDD and the other items like screws and instructions needed for installing a new high-capacity HDD inside an existing computer system. The 3TB HDD spins at 7200rpm and it comes with software to allow 32 and 64-bit OS' to see and use the entire 3TB of storage.
The 3TB kit uses the 6Gb/s SATA port and is shipping this week for $249.99. Hitachi is also shipping a couple new external storage solutions with the Hitachi XL Desktop external drives at $249.99 for 3TB, $169.99 for 2TB, and $99.99 for 1TB.