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This is one of the best 1TB drives available. Great value at this price.
These even beat a WD Raptor in some performance tests :)

http://www.storagereview.com/HDS721010KLA330.sr?page=0%2C3

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/hitachi-western-digital-terabyte,2017.html
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#1
http://www.storagereview.com/images/HDS721010KLA330_farcry.png
#2
Click - click - click (repeated) - spindown

Deathstar :)
#3
scoobie
Click - click - click (repeated) - spindown

Deathstar :)


+1 click to that!
#4
scoobie
Click - click - click (repeated) - spindown

Deathstar :)
Sigh... how many years have you been posting that on forums?

The only ones that ever were Deathstars were made by IBM. When Hitachi took over they started from scratch and made the world a better place.

I've got 5 of all different capacities including the one on offer (I paid £120 for it!) and have never had one fail.
#5
lol, to be fair, Hitachi drives have got much more reliable since they released the "Deathstar" a few years ago.
This one gets marked quite highly for reliability.
#6
evilhomeruk
Sigh... how many years have you been posting that on forums?

The only ones that ever were Deathstars were made by IBM. When Hitachi took over they started from scratch and made the world a better place.

I've got 5 of all different capacities including the one on offer (I paid £120 for it!) and have never had one fail.


As someone who would know, how would you rate the 7k1000?
#7
Can someone recommend an enclosure I could put these in? - Pref raidable.
1 Like #8
I've had a 1TB 7K1000 since a month after release, it's my primary data storage drive, along with a WD Raptor 150GB and a 500GB WD 5000AAKS. No issues so far, performance has been exceptional, highly recommended.
#9
Hi,

Been looking for one of these recently and this is a fantastic price! I'm after one for my PS3. Could anyone confirm if this would work in that? I'm pretty sure it will, but just wanted to make sure!
#10
deviant83
Hi,

Been looking for one of these recently and this is a fantastic price! I'm after one for my PS3. Could anyone confirm if this would work in that? I'm pretty sure it will, but just wanted to make sure!


No you need a 2.5" laptop-size hard drive for your PS3. Play have a 320GB one for £50 which would do the job.
#11
deviant83
Hi,

Been looking for one of these recently and this is a fantastic price! I'm after one for my PS3. Could anyone confirm if this would work in that? I'm pretty sure it will, but just wanted to make sure!


No, it won't work. You need a 2.5" drive ;-)
#12
deviant83
Hi,

Been looking for one of these recently and this is a fantastic price! I'm after one for my PS3. Could anyone confirm if this would work in that? I'm pretty sure it will, but just wanted to make sure!


I'm assuming you mean to replace the PS3's existing drive. No, you need a 2.5" SATA Notebook Drive for that, the MAX at the moment is 500Gb I believe....
#13
deviant83
Hi,

Been looking for one of these recently and this is a fantastic price! I'm after one for my PS3. Could anyone confirm if this would work in that? I'm pretty sure it will, but just wanted to make sure!


I'm pretty sure the drive is too big, this is a 3.5 inch and the PS3 fits 2.5 inch drives.
#14
djfluff
No, it won't work. You need a 2.5" drive ;-)


:oops: Had a skim read through the description, saw the
"innovations pioneered on the popular 2.5-inch line of notebook hard drives..."
and got a bit carried away. Common problem of mine! :whistling:

Thanks for the heads up though! Still a good price :-D
#15
Hitachi drives are rubbish, I would never buy one after the laptop dive I had kept dying only a couple of years ago. Not worth the risk.
#16
Going_Digital
Hitachi drives are rubbish, I would never buy one after the laptop dive I had kept dying only a couple of years ago. Not worth the risk.


:x I hate posts like this. You had a problem with a completly different product years ago, so this is risky. These drives have a very high MTBF, and Hitachi drives are not Rubbish, they produce some of the most highly rated Hard-Drives. Have a look at some reviews & testing before you go making sweeping statements. Here is a good site where you can find out anbout hard drive performance & reliability : http://www.storagereview.com
#17
Hmmm I think the people who have had problems are justified in some way though, I had to have a 500GB Hitachi drive swapped 6 times before they finally let me get something else. (apparently a bad batch) And most forums are full of negativity for them in general from user experience.

I find Seegate to be about the best but my samsung drives are the quietest.

Regardless its still a good price and you get a warranty just make sure you have a backup of it. Also tests like that site mean nothing real world do they because we are all driven by our own experiences and always will be we will all stick up for something we have bought no matter how bad. Yet we are always quick to moan about anything faulty.

You pays your money you takes your choices..... I wont be chosing this but it was worth a post. By the way the hitachi we all used to love and know as exceptional hi-fi equipment simply do not exist.
#18
I think I'll be buying one but the only pain is getting the right external USB enclosure for it - something I'll look into tomorrow. Thanks to the OP for this find, as it should help keep me from running out of disk space on a monthly basis!!!! :whistling:

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:
#19
worth paying £ 10 more and buying a WD.

if IBM with all their computing experience managed to make drives that failed so badly, what are the chances of Hitachi being more fit to make better drives ?

with 1tb of data at stake, u would need to be very brave to buy this over a wd or seagate.
#20
biggiep


I find Seegate to be about the best but my samsung drives are the quietest.




Stangely enough I had Samsung drives in my Dell XPS (bought this year), and one of them continually failed until Dell replaced them with Western Digital.

To put this into some context, most hard drives nowawdays are highly reliable. But realistically you take a chance with anything that has moving parts (take your car for example !!).. And hard drives spin at extremely high speed. That's why you have backups.
#21
Bought a Hitachi Deathstar, sorry... Deskstar, recently.
First time I've bought Hitachi.
Using it as an external drive and it's caused nothing but problems.
Not impressed.
suspended#22
Hitachi are cheap, they provide good high speeds but not good average speeds which is why they are probably the worst drives to get for performance. Youd be better off getting a WD AAKS or a samsung F1 as these are the best desktop drives from my experience.

At this price its a good storage device so im voting hot :). Cant comment on reliability as ive only had a maxtor fail on me and stuck to WD/Seagate/Samsung.
#23
Hudson92
Hitachi are cheap, they provide good high speeds but not good average speeds which is why they are probably the worst drives to get for performance. Youd be better off getting a WD AAKS or a samsung F1 as these are the best desktop drives from my experience.

At this price its a good storage device so im voting hot :). Cant comment on reliability as ive only had a maxtor fail on me and stuck to WD/Seagate/Samsung.


But hang on...if this get some better results than a raptor then it's pretty damn quick right...so is this just your opinion or fact?
#24
AGREED

WD and Seagate are the best, no ifs or buts. Samsungs get 'clicky' quite quickly, and like most ( all ? ) of their products, not built to last.

Seagates no longer have the noiseguard feature, so their drives are quite audible, reason why I go for WD drives only these days
#25
listerdude
But hang on...if this get some better results than a raptor then it's pretty damn quick right...so is this just your opinion or fact?


the best performance drives are the 320gb platter WD caviar blacks.
#26
OK - the "Deathstar" drives were years ago - and I got hit - but a bad taste lasts. I wouldn't *touch* any drive that even smelt of that legacy *stet*. Maybe manufacturers will learn - get a bad rep and keep it. That way there is a slim chance that they will take steps *not* to get a bad rep in the first place (yes - I wish),

Hitachi bought from IBM, and they bought with the rep. Live with it, the rep was built in the price.

It looks a good deal and well spotted by the OP - I won't touch the label with a bargepole.

As I said to a Renault salesman when I kept getting their mail-outs: Give me the car free - if I like it after 7 years I'll pay you for it. He took me off their mailing list (only way that worked). As I said: If you had faith in your product you'd do it ('nuff said).

Current black list for a bad rep: Deathstars, Renault rust-buckets and Ford after-care. You got the rep and you will *never* lose it. Call it a retail learning experience.
#27
I genuinly think hard drive production is so un-precise it is purely luck of the draw. Just in the 30 or so drives I've had the worst have been Hitachi and Maxtor. I've had one Seegate fail (had more of them than others because of 5 year warranty) and a WD fail but touch wood my only samsung purchase is still going strong 2 years down the line on 24/7 use.

I prefer to have a reliable drive over speeds, make up for the speed elsewhere, i'll be interested to see how bigger solidstate drives go, gotta love no moving parts.
#28
cats
worth paying £ 10 more and buying a WD.

if IBM with all their computing experience managed to make drives that failed so badly, what are the chances of Hitachi being more fit to make better drives ?

with 1tb of data at stake, u would need to be very brave to buy this over a wd or seagate.


The last drive I had dying on me was a WD, so by your analysis, I wouldn't waste the extra money on a WD either.

All consumer drives are built to a budget and are susceptible to early failure. If you want to increase your chances of a rock solid performer, then you are going to have to pay enterprise prices.
You get known lemons. The Samsung F1 1TB was a wretched drive on its debut, but Samsung pulled it round and now it is still the one to beat. I noticed it did not feature in the comparison table above. Others like the Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB are still worth avoiding for now. Neither means that Samsung or Seagate are automatically worth avoiding as a brand, however.
#29
cheap Hitatchi DeathStar
#30
Yup - I lost all the data from a 160Gb Hitachi I bought just over a year ago and still reeling from the loss - I can't imagine losing 1000Gb in one hit.
But hey, this is a deals board not a product review board.
So - not a good deal in my book when you can get an external USB in enclosure for much the same price. :santa:
#31
Don't know about these drives, but I would be a little cautious in dealing with Aria...
If what you receive is OK then fine, but if you receive a faulty one then I get the impression that Aria customer service is rubbish.
Google Aria reviews, then decide if you wish to gamble!
suspended#32
listerdude
But hang on...if this get some better results than a raptor then it's pretty damn quick right...so is this just your opinion or fact?


Its fact, look at tests and you will see the samsung f1 and the seagate(cant remember what model) being top along with WD AAKS drives being slightly slower(albeit its minimal). 320gb platter drives are fast so the 640gb WD and samsungs are fast (think seagate is 320gb platter also) which is why 640gb drives are best for performance.

Think of it this way, if the drives were really better then the raptor then why would they still be on sale?. I cant remember the link for the full review on the 640gb drives but i reckon the difference on the 1tb drives are less due to the amount of platters uses(normally 250gb platters, 4 of them!) but for 640gb they are not fast.
#33
scoobie
Yup - I lost all the data from a 160Gb Hitachi I bought just over a year ago and still reeling from the loss - I can't imagine losing 1000Gb in one hit.
But hey, this is a deals board not a product review board.
So - not a good deal in my book when you can get an external USB in enclosure for much the same price. :santa:


I had two deathstars go a couple of years back too (actually i'm REALLY surprised they have been daft enough to keep the name!)
They might be better now, I would hope so, but after the last fiasco they just don't deserve my money.

I've not seen an external one for this sort of money though? closer to £80 maybe.. I would like to get one..
#34
by everyones combined experience, ALL the different brands are garbage !!

totally agree about Renault, complete garbage, like all French cars are actually, oh, and Italian ones dont fare much better.

i would rather buy 1000000 deathstar drives than 1 Renault, thats for sure.

Hey , maybe u shouldve said " If i still like it after 7 days, Ill pay for it " - n doubt u still wouldnt have got the car

yes, 100% agree, anyone coming out with consistently poor products, should be blacklisted forever ( where would that leave DFS ?? or Samsung ??? )
#35
HappyasLarry
Don't know about these drives, but I would be a little cautious in dealing with Aria...
If what you receive is OK then fine, but if you receive a faulty one then I get the impression that Aria customer service is rubbish.
Google Aria reviews, then decide if you wish to gamble!


I buy from Aria all the time, no problems with returns, so long as you keep your invoice.

Very good prices from Aria these days, especially the web specials.
#36
cats
by everyones combined experience, ALL the different brands are garbage !!

totally agree about Renault, complete garbage,


I disagree :-D
#37
Hi is it easy to fit a new hard drive? Especially if you are keeping the original in situ? It is something I haven't done before. Are there power cables etc there already from the motherboard?
#38
from my experience don't go near Hitachi drives. They always seem to die after 9-18 months.
In the past year I know of 5 hard drive failures my customers have had and 4 out of the 5 were Hitachi which you may think is ok if everyone has Hitachi drives however most of my customers don't have Hitachi drives.
#39
All these people typing in deathstar and little else look like they have just looked it up on wikipedia!

All I know is that the reliability issues are a thing of the past and were related to design faults, not cheap construction or poor quality control, all this happened between about 2001 and 2003!

No drives are ever 100% reliable and everyone has different experiences.

I have two 40gb fujitsu laptop drives that have been knocking about for 5 years now, they get dropped and bumped and taken to and from various places in my coat pocket so I can transfer files with them via a cheap ide to usb cable. I had an issue a few months back where windows refused to boot on my laptop no matter what so I needed to reinstall windows on it so while the drive was out so that I could back the data up I put one of the fujitsu ones in as a temp measure and it worked fine. I also use them to try things like linux and osx86 out on my laptop, I can just take my windows hard drive out and put it to one side while I play around. I even used one for a while in my old creative zen mp3 player! They are the longest lasting drives I've ever had and I can't believe they are still going strong.

The worst two drives I had were a 200gb wd caviar that failed after 12 months and a 2.5" 100gb seagate that I paid loads for at the time because it was when 7200rpm laptops drives were just coming out, that one bricked in about 6 months, no warnings or clicks it just stopped spinning up out of the blue, that was another time one of my old fujitsus came to the rescue!

Other drives I have had for a few years with no problems now are two 300gb maxtors and a 74gb raptor.

My father in law has an ancient toshiba laptop that has an 8gb hitachi drive in it and it's still working after about 12 years!

I'm not saying deskstars are perfect by any means but the deathstar period is totally irrelevant to modern versions.

The worst two drives I've ever had are two that are supposed to be from the most reliable brands!
banned#40
so it comes down to this with hdd

stick to what you have had no problems with.

i had a 40gb western digital hdd for 5-6 years with no problems - then it failed on me due to the power connection. bought maxtor 160 gb to replace it - had to replaced twice, stuck with maxtor and got a 250 gb - looks to be on the way out - went back to western digital - perfect

i have now got spinpoint f1 1tb - lots of space, good performance. in my experience western digitals are the best - the most reliable. samsung second best. there was no bronze medal for maxtor they didnt deserve it.

i am sure its a different experience for all others

if you are happy with hitachi as a hdd company go for it!

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