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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Big disks--really big disks--are here. Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (GST) pulled the wraps off its 1TB capacity hard drives just five days into 2007, and Seagate says it will spin out its version before the end of the first half of this year. Both vendors say they're not just pushing the disk version of Moore's Law to the limit; rather, they're responding to user need for even greater capacities. Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000 is the first 1TB drive and, at a $399 list price, it will be marketed initially to consumers. But while it might start life as a receptacle for family photos and YouTube videos, it's also destined for the data center. "It wouldn't shock me if you saw this in enterprise systems, shipped from the enterprise storage suppliers, by the end of the third quarter," says Doug Pickford, director of market and product strategy at Hitachi GST. "They'll be very motivated to get that product into the field." Seagate Technology, which held the capacity crown with its 750GB Barracuda ES drive, says its 1TB drives will show up in enterprise systems ... Access >>>

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