Computers Hard Drives

What Is a Tb Hard Drive?

Introduction

What is hard drive? A hard drive is device that primarily stores and process vast amounts of memory for a computer to use. A hard drive is basically like the storage space and heart of a computer. All your applications, the operating system itself, movies, games, pictures and music, are stored on your hard drive. So then, what is a 1 TB hard drive? Well, TB stands for "Terabyte", and a terabyte is the equivalent of 1,000 Gigabytes. Most hard drives come in sizes of 80 GB, 160 GB, 250, 360, 500 GB, 640 GB and finally 750 GB. Well, those sizes are a matter of the past, the latest word in hard drive storage is the 1 TB hard drive, or the one Terabyte mega drive as some people prefer to call them. Let's find out about the history and features of the 1 TB hard drive.

History

The first 1 TB hard drive was introduced in the year 2007, by the hard drive company Hitachi a week before CES 2007 in the US. The introduction marked a major milestone in the hard drive industry, people could now easily and efficiently store vast amounts of crucial data, or lots and lots of movies, which ever they preferred. The 1 TB hard drive started to ship in the later half of the year, in Spring as a matter of fact, and cost a jaw dropping $399, you'll be glad to hear that the price today is a mere $60, much more pocket friendly indeed. Although Hitachi had the honor of launching the first 1 TB hard drive, it was locked in battle with Seagate for the honor of selling them, the rival company announced its intentions to start selling 1 TB hard drives around the same exact time as Hitachi, and the fierce competition between the two is why we have a $60, 1 TB hard drive today. So, what was the firs ever 1 TB drive named? It was called the Deskstar 7K1000, despite it rather unassuming name, the hard drive was a hit and is available today for about $55, it'll be a collectors item someday. So there you have it, the short and concise history of the 1 TB hard drive, now let's take a look at its feature.

Features

The first and most important feature of any 1 TB hard drive, is of course that fact that it has 1,000 GB's of space. They also generally come with a fast rotation speed of 7,200 RPMS (rotations per minute), they also come in two forms, internal and external. Internal 1 TB hard drives are used to run the computer's OS (Operating system), and an external 1 TB hard drive is used to store movies, documents, songs, pictures and other types of files or media. Although you can also run your computer off an external 1 TB hard drive if you know what you're doing. Either way, whether you go for a internal or external 1 TB hard drive, you'll  most likely never run out of space for storing stuff in. But technology has come along way since 2007, there are 4 TB hard drives available these days, if your appetite for files doesn't know its limits, consider getting something onto to 3 or 4 TB hard drives.

Tips and comments

Always keep you hard drive warranty handy. Don not treat your hard drive roughly.

By Mohseen Lala, published at 03/24/2012
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