Hitachi has started to ship its latest HDD called the Deskstar 7K1000.D globally. The coolest thing about the new HDD is that the drive has 1TB of storage space crammed onto a single platter. The HDD comes in both Deskstar and CinemaStar flavors with a storage capacity for the line of 250GB - 1TB in versions that spin at 7,200 RPM and low-RPM CoolSpin versions.
Hitachi has a new 7mm thick z-height Travelstar HDD as well with 1TB of storage that is aimed at desktops and mobile computing. The Deskstar 7K1000.D HDD has a 6Gb/second SATA interface and a 32MB cache buffer. The drive is also designed to conserve power with 15% power savings at idle compared to other HDDs.
The Deskstar 5K1000.B is even more power efficient with lower operating speed and saves 23% power at idle compared to the previous drives. The CinemaStar line is aimed at HD, IPTV, and Internet TV as well as the DVR market. This market is dominated by single platter HDDs and the new 1TB per platter drives will be very good for the market. The CinemaStar HDDs will ship this fall and the Deskstar is shipping right now.