Hitachi has had a long mainstay in the internal hard drives genre and they’ve been launching various models, since quite some time now. We had reviewed the Deskstar 7K3000, a 3TB internal hard drive, earlier, and now it’s time for the 7K1000.D to have a test run in our labs. Let’s have a look on how it performs.

The insides

The insides

Design and Features
Internal hard drives don’t really have much to boast about in terms of design at least, because almost all of them look identical. That said, this Deskstar does look a tad thinner than the normal run-of-the-mill internal hard drives. Also, it’s much lighter than most hard drives out there in the market. From the 1TB of memory, 923GB is user available and the hard drive runs at 7200 rpm. This one’s SATA3 compliant, too just like the earlier 3TB version, the Deskstart 7K3000.

The standard connectors

The standard connectors

Performance
We put the Deskstar through our customary synthetic and real world tests and here’s our verdict on the performance. Sequential and random write speeds are pretty consistent at around 82 MB/s but it’s the difference in the read speeds that makes it a little inconsistent. The Sequential read speed is quite impressive at 102.4 MB/s, but the Random read speed, as can be seen in the chart, takes a hit with speeds only up to 46.02 MB/s.

Performance Chart

Performance Chart

In our synthetic tests, the drive gave a drive index speed of 148.8 MB/s at a random access time of 18.88 ms in SiSoft Sandra. HDTach gave an average read speed of 155 MB/s and a burst speed of 267.5 MB/s. CrystalDiskMark scores were good as well with Random 512KB write getting a speed of 77.23 MB/s, while Random 4K QD32 read speeds clocking in at 1.394 MB/s

Thinner and lighter

Thinner and lighter

Verdict
The Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.d is priced at Rs.5,100 (MOP). It performs fairly well, except for the random read speeds. Hard drive prices are on the rise and it’s quite apparent with the pricing of this internal drive. The main reason that would make one buy this drive is the space it provides, and on a whole, it’s quite an average hard drive.

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