updated 02:25 pm EDT, Wed June 25, 2003
Hitachi today a new ATA/Serial ATA desktop hard drive with a 250GB capacity. The 3.5-inch Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 uses 80+ GB per platter technology to deliver up to one-quarter terabyte (250GB) of storage capacity using a 7200 RPM mechanism. The Deskstar 7K250 will ship with an optional SATA interface that currently delivers a maximum data transfer rate of up to 150MB/sec.
The new drive interface SATA, also used in the new Power Mac G5 line, also simplifies device configuration, improves data integrity and provides for performance increases in future generations of the interface. The new SATA drives will also use a compact cabling structure and smaller connectors that are designed to enhance air flow and reduce system complexity.
The Deskstar 7K250's offers protection of up to 350G's (2ms) of non-operating shock (one and two-disk models) and also uses fluid dynamic bearing motors to ensure "whisper-quiet" operation. The 2MB and 8MB-buffer drives carry one and three-year warranties, respectively.
Hitachi is currently shipping Deskstar 7K250 drives that use a parallel ATA interface and expects to ship SATA-based drives in production by the end of June.