Hitachi has just launched the World’s first enterprise class 3.5-inch hard drives, the Ultrastar 3TB Sata Drive (7K3000 HDD series). This super drive claims to be the first and only 7,200 RPM with 2.0 Million MTBF.
With the 2.0 Million MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure), the Ultrastar 7K3000 has a 40% lower annualized failure rate (AFR) compared to the enterprise drives rated at 1.2 million hours MTBF.
“Serial ATA drives typically have 1.2 million hour MTBFs. And typically, high-performance drives have higher reliability, but they also have a higher price. In looking at quality reports from our customers … we realized we were blowing away our own [specifications]. In the field we were meeting 2 million to 3 million MTBF.” -Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing at Hitachi GST
Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 is also a cost effective solution drive. “Today these 2.5-inch drives cost roughly twice the dollars per GB ($/GB) of 3TB, 3.5-inch 7,200 RPM drives with 66% less capacity. Customers would have to purchase three 1TB 2.5-inch 7,200 RPM drives to reach the same capacity as a 3TB, 3.5-inch Ultrastar 7K3000 drive. This will consume up to 170% higher watts to power the drives and will occupy three times the storage array slots.”
The Ultrastar 7K3000 HDD are available in both 6Gbps Serial Attached SCSI type (SAS) and Serial ATA type (SATA) interfaces. A 2TB capacity will also be available soon some time in mid 2011.
Hope this will be available soon in our local stores. I bet many would sell their current hard drives and upgrade to the Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 3TB drives.