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3 Terabyte hard drive round-up: Hitachi, Seagate, Western Digital Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:56

If you need huge gobs of desktop-level storage, then the currently available range of 3 Terabyte hard drives are probably the way to go.  But which drives should you splash your cash on?  Hot Hardware takes a look at models from Hitachi, Seagate and Western Digital.

When we reviewed our first 3TB hard drive almost a year ago, the market wasn't quite ready for the huge storage capacity being made available. Fully compatible motherboards featuring the unified extensible firmware interface (UEFI) were still months away, and having to use a separate host bus adapter (HBA) card was inconvenient and added extra cost. But a year brings a lot of changes to the technology landscape. UEFI-equipped boards are prevalent, starting with P67 based products and spreading to the latest Intel Z68 chipset as well. Many of AMD's 990FX motherboards also sport UEFI. If you're building a new system any time soon, we've got good news for you. Chances are your mainboard will natively support high capacity hard drives out of the box, without the need for an HBA card.

If you're currently in the market for a large capacity hard drive, you've come to the right place. Today we take a look at four of the latest 3TB drives to hit the market, from Hitachi, Seagate, and Western Digital. Although each HDD offers the same amount of storage, there are some distinct differences between them. Read on to find out what separates these products from one another, and then you can examine the performance numbers we recorded from each drive after running them through our benchmark gauntlet.

Check out the round-up in full over here.

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