Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST), a leading manufacturer of hard disk drives, has announced the world’s first desktop hard disk drive with 1TB capacity, which will ship this quarter. The novelty hits “psychological” milestone of 1000GB and demonstrates nearly 60 times increase in 3.5” hard drive capacity throughout the most recent decade.
“The industry’s first one-terabyte hard drive represents a milestone that is 50 years in the making, and it reasserts the hard drive’s leadership as the highest-capacity, lowest-cost storage technology,” said Shinjiro Iwata, chief marketing officer, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
Just a little bit less than a decade ago – in 1997 – the highest capacity of hard disk drives was 16.8GB offered by IBM’s Deskstar 16GP Titan, which also had five 3.5” platters. Back in 2003 IBM sold its storage division to
“Consumers who increasingly rely on hard disk drives to store their digital memories are seeking higher capacity and more reliable HDDs,” said John Rydning, research manager for hard disk drives at IDC. “Reaching 1 TB of capacity in a disk drive is a testament to 50 years of innovation by the hard disk drive industry, and helps to ensure sufficient storage capacity is available to meet increasing consumer storage requirements”.