Hitachi plans to release a 3.5-inch hard drive with a 1TB (one terabyte) capacity sometime in the first half of 2007, or The Double-O Seven as I like to call it. (The company, apparently, can't keep a promise, since they originally claimed that it'd have one last year.) This massive hard drive will be christened the Deskstar 7K1000 and will carry a $399 price tag. Can you imagine that, 1,000 gigabytes all in a standard 3.5-inch casing? Usenet, here I come.
Sure, drives with 1TB of space aren't exactly new, but these large-capacity drives were mostly limited to mini home servers and the like, such as the Iomega Network Attached Storage. Seagate came close last year with the release of a 750GB hard drive, but when you spend all day sucking in content from public and private trackers, you need all the space you can get. It's rated at 7,200 rpm, so it should be plenty fast. Let's just hope Hitachi can keep its promise this time.
Here comes the terabyte hard drive [CNET News.com]