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Get ready for 400GB hard drives: Hitachi launches sales of Deskstar 7K400

It seems that from this day on the leadership in 3.5" HDD capacity goes to Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) that announced shipments of the new 400GB Deskstar 7K400 hard drives with ATA100 and Serial ATA interfaces. It just takes the breath away when you imagine the amount of various things you can pile up in such a drive. The company positions the novelty as a solution suitable for home A/V systems, high-end digital video recorders (DVR) in particular, as one hour of HDTV signal takes about 8.7GB drive space.

Deskstar 7K400 specs:

  • 400GB capacity
  • Up to 757Mbps throughput
  • 8.5ms average access time
  • 7200rpm
  • ATA100/Serial ATA
  • 25.4mm height
  • 61.7Gbit/inch² data density
  • 5 aluminium plates
  • 10 GMR heads
  • 225G non-operating shock (2ms)
  • Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB)
  • 31dB standby noise
  • 9W Parallel ATA, 9.6W Serial ATA consumption

Nothing is known about the pricing, but considering these drives are shipped in limited amounts, they should primarily be delivered to OEM makers of high-end AV solutions to arrive to retail stores some later.

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