[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2013/01/0GniAl.jpg[/newsimage]Hitachi today announced worlds largest 10,000 RPM drive, the Ultrastar C10K1200. Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/hitachi-announces-worlds-largest-1-2-tb-10k-rpm-hdd-65908/](http://www.myce.com/news/hitachi-announces-worlds-largest-1-2-tb-10k-rpm-hdd-65908/) Please note that the reactions from the complete site will be synched below.
Well, this is obviously for the performance crowd. Us “media collectors” need 4+ TB and <6000 RPM (for better data integrity and reduced noise).
I agree. I wish they’d spend their time moving to the 8Tb and 16Tb capacities and stop chopping down all those rain-forest trees so they can make 10,000 rpm drives with low capacities. We use 300-600Gb Velo’s and those customers love 'em, but when we move those to SSDs, they’ll like those even more, albeit with a bit more User Discipline involved.
This is now a Western-Digital company, too, so I’m expecting far fewer advancements at a much slower pace - and we’re seeing that with HDD prices stuck in a now 2-year-rut. That Thailand Flood musta been something, eh?
Well, as far as external storage I think we’re back to normal pricing. I got my WD My Book 4TB on sale for $170 (reg. $200). The WD Passport 2TB, which was $200 last month, is now $150. It seems like it’s the smaller drives (< 2TB) that are too expensive. I really wish they would hurry up with the helium-filled HDD. I’m guessing it’ll be 5TB.
[QUOTE=DukeNukem;2675590]I really wish they would hurry up with the helium-filled HDD.[/QUOTE] Won’t that make movie character’s voices sound funny?
If you really want space, then you’d buy other drives than this one.
If you really want performance, you could buy SSD drives instead of this one.
Is there really a market for this drive given the other choices?
Fry’s is selling Hitachi 4Tb for $199, matching their lowest-ever price point (from 4 months ago?) And they’ve hit it a time or two since then, too, but nothing lower, and only for limited time periods.
I’m seeing 2Tb Internals sometimes drop into the $89-99 range, but also for a limited time period.
And the Seagate DM001 3Tb are touching the pre-flood $139 price-point again, sometimes $135. But the time-limits on these reminds me more of children toe-testing water. Dive in, instead.
Give system builders a chance at volume sales instead of these one-sy’s and two-sy’s. I know we’d push out a hundred RAID5’s with four or five 4Tb drives for customers, but even wholesalers are strangleholds on quantities. They actually want to charge us MORE for QTY>10! No thanks. “How about Qty ZERO instead?” is our reply. We don’t make our profits on hardware - THEY do.
I guess they’re very pleased with their profit levels.
It’s almost as if these now-fewer HDD makers are in leaque with download streamers. “We need to push DRM limitations instead of giving consumers a chance to hold greater data for themselves.”