Hitachi Ships Industry's Fastest 10K RPM HDD

Hitachi GST said Monday that it shipped the Ultrastar C10K600, the industry's fastest and most power-efficient 10,000 RPM enterprise class HDD.

Crammed into a 2.5-inch form factor, the new drive uses a dual-port 6 Gb/s SAS interface and reportedly delivers up to 15-percent better random and 18-percent faster sequential performance than competing products. Hitachi also claims that the drive needs 22-percent less power during operation, and is the only one it its class to use a 64 MB cache to optimize the read/write response times.

According to Hitachi, the drive offers average seek times as low as 3.7-milliseconds while the fast rotational speeds reduce average latency time to 3.0-milliseconds. Other features include the optional Bulk Data Encryption for hard-drive-level data security, halogen-reduced components, Fluid Dynamic Bearing motors, Rotational Vibration Safeguard technology and more.

"The Ultrastar C10K600 is closely aligned with customer requirements for increased performance, improved server/storage density, greater power efficiency and lower total cost of ownership," said Brendan Collins, vice president of Product Marketing, Hitachi GST. "We are proud to establish new power and performance benchmarks with our latest Ultrastar drives, while delivering to customers the proven quality and reliability they have come to expect from Hitachi."

Hitachi said that the drives are now shipping worldwide and have been qualified by select OEMs. Although prices weren't provided, the drive will arrive in three capacities: 300 GB, 450 GB, and 600 GB.

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  • hairystuff
    Too many bad memories of the DeathStar incidents to ever use Hitachi/IBM drives ever again.
  • dillyflump
    Deskstar drives were quite reliable, just aslong as you didn't bump them around as they tended to be fragile in that respect. The worst hard drives i've found over the years are Maxtor. They seem to run quite hot and just give up the ghost completely or start making odd sounds as the drive motor starts to fail. Most reliable HDD i've ever owned is a Seagate 160GB Sata drive, it was manufactured in Nov 2003 according to the label. It's still in my machine and runs pefectly.
  • Plumble
    Only the test of time will show how these drives fair. But realistically, they only need to last a couple of years if that.