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Best Selling 3TB Internal Hard Drive – Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 3TB Review : Hitachi Hard Drive

May 6, 2013 Jon 0 Comments

Are you having problems with your growing storage requirements? Therefore, it’s time for you to know the Hitachi Deskstar 3TB. This hard drive is packed with 3TB of storage; it was enormously huge that makes it perfect for enthusiast like you. This would definitely the biggest you can get on the market up to date. Not only that, the Hitachi 3TB Deskstar offers a fast and quiet hard drive.

Hitachi is the first one to release a 3TB internal drives in the form of 7,200rpm, although Western Digital released a 3TB but for only 5,200rpm which is the Caviar Green and Seagate in the form of external drive, they call it the FreeAgent GoFlex. Today, Seagate also released their 3TB Barracuda XT. The Hitachi 3TB Deskstar is the latest entry to the 7K3000 series family joining the 1.5TB and the 2TB.

What makes the Hitachi Deskstar Fast?

Aside from the world’s first 3TB 7,200rpm drive, it supports the SATA III 6GB/s interface to take full advantage over their SATA II counterpart. Putting up a 64MB Cache, that adds an extra speed for your most frequent accessed data’s. This drive has 5 platters making it 600GB each and 10 read/write heads.

Hitachi announced that, this drive provides an increase of 27% in speed compare to its previous product. To sum up all these features of the Hitachi 3TB Deskstar, this is what makes it a fast drive.

Issues With The Hitachi 3TB Deskstar

Most 32-bit Windows based computers have facing problems with hard drives more than 2TB, but if you’re using a Mac OS or Linux you’re free from that. The Hitachi Deskstar 3TB is no exemption to that, you need to have a 64-bit OS for Windows 7 and Vista. But, if you’re using an XP, you can never use the 3TB drive because it doesn’t support that big disk space.

Other brand hard drives like the Western Digital have provided an HBA that allows the legacy BIOS motherboards to support above 2TB drives. The Hitachi 3TB Deskstar don’t have it, therefore you need to have a GPT (GUID Partition Table) instead of the usual MBR (Master Boot Record). Latest motherboard with UEFI (Unified Extensive Firmware Interface) supports these huge drives, mostly for Sandy Bridge processors.

Testing The Hitachi 3TB Deskstar

The Hitachi 3TB Deskstar and 3 other hard drives were tested with a common hardware and setup with a new Windows 7 SP1 OS including its update. The Hitachi Deskstar 3TB competes against the top 3 contenders from Seagate. Among the three contenders are the Seagate Cheetah 15K.7 600GB SAS 6GB/s, the Seagate Constellation ES 2TB SAS 6GB/s and the Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 6GB/s.

The following scores at read/write operation test category in MB per second, higher score is better. The Deskstar 3TB scores at 123.65MBps/143.21MBps, the Cheetah 15K.7 600GB at 197.42MBps/129.34MBps, the Constellation ES 2TB at 146.24MBps/118.17MBps and the Barracuda 110.2MBps/105.6MBps.

The Cheetah 15.7K 600GB top the scores in read/write test, it really justifies its high priced that runs at 15,000rpm. The Deskstar 3TB ends up in second in write and third place in read operation against the Constellation ES 2TB. The last in list is no other than the Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB.

The next test would be the temperatures in Degrees Celsius during stressed/idle operations, the lower temp is better, it means a cooler drive. The Hitachi Deskstar 3TB tops the score at 44 Degrees during stressed and second during idle condition at 39 Degrees. The Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB tops at 37 Degrees during idle and second place at 45 degrees at stressed conditions. On the third place is the Seagate Constellation ES 2TB scores at 49/43 Degrees. And lastly the Seagate Cheetah 15.7K 600GB at 58/47 Degrees, the fact that it has the fastest revolution per minute at 15,000.

The last test is the noise level in Decibel (dB) during stressed/idle conditions, the lower score the better because it’s the more quiet drive. The Hitachi Deskstar 3TB rules this category as the quietest drive, score at 36.7dB/29.3dB. Second is the Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB at 38.1dB/33.8dB. On the third place is the Seagate Constellation ES 2TB at 38.6dB/35.3dB and lastly the Seagate Cheetah 15.7K 600GB scores at 40.7dB/32.5dB as being the loudest drive.

Conclusion

The Hitachi Deskstar 3TB is perfect for your large data storage needs, as well as a fast drive. Hitachi engineers did a great job in putting all the best features to create an excellent drive up to date. Maybe the idea behind the issues its facing is that, they’re probably thinking about the future generation of computers not for the backward compatibility.

Test results shows that it can compete head to head against the high priced competitors like the Seagate Constellation ES 3TB and beating up the Barracuda XT 2TB. This means that, a big leap in technology is what the Hitachi Deskstar 3TB is made of.

Acoustics would be the most common problems with mechanical drives having fast rpm. The Seagate Cheetah that runs at 15,000rpm shows it undeniably in the test results with highest noise level and temperatures. The Hitachi Deskstar 3TB despite with the 7,000rpm, is being one of the coolest and the quietest drive in line.

What about the price? The price would be the most sensible part in buying the best hard drive for your PC. This drive comes in unbelievable price range; it is lot cheaper than the Seagate Constellation ES 2TB SAS and the Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB.

With all of these, we find no other reasons why it is the best selling 3TB 7,200rpm drive in the market today. Read the full Hitachi Deskstar 3TB Review and discover the Top 3 Best 3TB Internal Hard Drive For 2011.

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