Hitachi announced a new ATA/Serial ATA desktop hard drive that extends the company’s long-standing tradition of performance leadership.

Hitachi announced a new ATA/Serial ATA desktop hard drive that extends the company’s long-standing tradition of performance leadership. The 3.5-inch Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 uses 80+ GB per platter technology to deliver up to one-quarter terabyte (250GB) of storage capacity. The Deskstar 7K250 will ship with an optional SATA interface that is designed to address the growing performance requirements of today’s desktop systems. SATA is a scalable interface technology that currently delivers a maximum data transfer rate of up to 150MB per second. The new SATA drives will also use a compact cabling structure and smaller connectors that are designed to enhance air flow and reduce system complexity.

The Deskstar 7K250’s durable design protects customer’s data with up to 350 G (2ms) of non-operating shock (one and two-disk models) for increased drive reliability and data protection. Fluid dynamic bearing motors are also used to ensure “whisper-quiet” operation. The Deskstar 7K250’s high capacity and performance offerings are backed by Hitachi’s renowned compatibility testing labs and worldwide distribution support. The 2MB and 8MB-buffer drives carry one and three-year warranties, respectively. Hitachi is currently shipping Deskstar 7K250 drives that use a parallel ATA interface and expects to ship SATA-based drives in production by the end of June.