Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C Series 1TB SATA2 HDD Review

 

The introduction ...

This review is not about an SSD, but about the current Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB HDD with a very good cost-performance ratio. Sure, many PC or Mac owners save already their money for a fast Solid State Drive, however the price difference between HDD and SSD with the same capacity is so enormously high, that most SSD buyers will need an additional hard disk drive for their PC or Mac.
Let us have a closer look at the results of the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB SATA2 drive with 7200 rpm and 32 MB cache and let us compare them with some benchmark programs.

 

 

 

Thanks for the support ...

Many thanks for the support with the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB 3.5" HDD by the manufacturer Hitachi.

The Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB SATA2 Hard Disk Drive HDS721010CLA332 has at present a price of approx. 65 Euro (Stand 07/2010).

The Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C series contains at present the following types:
1000GB HDS721010CLA332 tested in this review
750GB HDS721075CLA332
640GB HDS721064CLA332
500GB HDS721050CLA362
320GB HDS721032CLA362
250GB HDS721025CLA382
160GB HDS721016CLA382
HDDs and other hardware is available at our sponsors.

Here you can buy the Hitachi HDD.

 

 

The supply of the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB SATA2 HDD ...

The Hitachi drive was supplied well protected in this cardboard box:

 

 

That is contained ...

The drive comes without an installation guide.
Here is a picture of the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C HDD:

 

And here is a picture of the backside, where one can see a small PCB with SATA power connector, SATA data connector, controller IC and the Cache chip:

 

 

The technical data ...

Manufacturer Hitachi
Article number HDS721010CLA332
Capacity 1TB
Interface SATA2 3GB/s
Cache 32MB
Controller -
Flash Type -
Size 3.5" (147 x 101.6 x 26.1mm)
Weight 680 gramm
Speed no manufacturer information
Seek Time no manufacturer information
Power Consumption 4.4 Watt Idle
MTBF no manufacturer information
Other SMART support, HiVERT, TFC, several tools available

 

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the CrystalDiskInfo 3.5.3 SSD and HDD information software:

 

 

HDD firmware update ...

Normally, it's now time to update the firmware before running all the tests.
At the review date, Hitachi didn't offer a newer firmware version, so the original firmware version JP4OA39C is used.

 

 

Benchmark values and test results ...

Let us continue with the benchmark results.
SATA2 drives are currently tested with an ASRock M3A790GXH/128M motherboard and SATA3 drives are currently tested with an ASRock 890GX Extreme3 motherboard.
At present, Microsoft Windows 7 RC Ultimate Edition is used as the operating system.

The SSD/HDD drive speed was examined and compared with the following benchmark software:

AS HDD Benchmark 1.4.3704.27281 - Download
ATTO Disk Benchmark v2.46 - Download
CrystalDiskMark 3.00 - Download
HD Tach 3.040 - Download
SiSoftware Sandra 2010c - Download

 

AS SSD benchmark result ...

The AS SSD benchmark values offers a very good reference point of the maximal possible reading and writing performance, the speed with smaller files and the respective access time.
This software is designed for SSDs, so we omitted this usual AS SSD benchmark test for this HDD.

 

ATTO Disk benchmark result ...

The ATTO disk benchmark values gives a very good overview about the write and read rate on different file sizes.
More than 128 MB/s write speed with larger transfer sizes are very high for a SATA2 drive and the result of the reading speed with 126 MB/s starting from 64 KB transfer size is also well.

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the ATTO Disk benchmark values:

 

The ATTO disk of benchmark values are compared with a small transfer size of 32KB and a large transfer size of 8192KB.
The bar chart already shows a first comparison to a 128GB OCZ Agility SSD of the last review.

Here is a comparison of the ATTO disk benchmark values, which are getting updated with soon coming drives:

 

CrystalDiskMark result

With CrystalDiskMark one can get a balanced measurement of the performance with different transfer sizes.

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the CrystalDiskMark values:

 

The following diagram shows the CrystalDiskMark results once again compared with other HDDs and platter drives, which are extended step by step.
In the CrystalDiskMark comparison one can already see the differences to the previous tested SSD, where the reading and writing performance is clearly faster in all results.
But the results is OK for a conventional hard disk.

Here is a comparison of the CrystalDiskMark values, which are getting updated with soon coming drives:

 

HD Tach result

With the HD Tach benchmark values one can recognize the gradient of the performance.
Here's again a good comparison to a solid state drive, with nearly equal results from the beginning to the end.
The Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB HDD shows only a few little performance break-downs and offers at the slowest point approx. 70MB/s read/write performance.
The Burst Speed should be a value from the cache, because it's nearly the datarate of SATA2.
But the average seek time is with 14.6ms unfortunately a bit high and could be faster.
If you like to compare these results with the read speed of the previous tested SSD, you can move the cursor over this OCZ Agility 128GB SSD link.

Here is a Snipping screenhot of the HD Tach benchmark values:

 

The comparison of the HD Tach benchmark results shows, how slow the reading speed and the average access time of the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB is in comparison to an SSD.
Sure, we didn't expect another result and it's difficult to compare these drives with such a high price difference.
Upcoming tests will show, how this result looks compared to other drives.

Here is a comparison of the HD Tach benchmark values, which are getting updated with soon coming SSD and HDD drives:

 

SiSoftware Sandra benchmark result

Of course, SiSoftware Sandra benchmark should not be missing in this test series.
SiSoftware offers with their SiSoft Sandra program a very comprehensive tool for some years, which contains a lot of tools to get very reliable test results of all hardware components.
The average access time of the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB HDD was in SiSoftware Sandra with 12,83ms a bit faster than the results of HD Tach.

Here is a Snipping screenshot of the SiSoftware Sandra benchmark values:

 

Here is a comparison of the SiSoftware Sandra benchmark values, which are getting updated with soon coming drives:

 

 

Result and general impression ...

The Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB SATA2 HDD HDS721010CLA332 achieved good reading and writing performance values for a 7200 RPM hard disk drive.

The seek time of the disk drive was a little bit slow and it was not possible to improve this performance with the Automatic Acoustic management - AAM software.
Furthermore, the operating noise level was with random accesses relatively high and when switching the disk off, one can hear a short beep sound. Same thing also with a second ordered drive, so it seems to be a normal sound of this drive.

All in all the price of this Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB is so incredible low in spite of the high performance and the power consumption in idle mode is favorably low, that one could use this hard disk for example very good as data drive in combination with a small SSD system disk.
The Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate start took approximately 39 seconds, whereby the pure Win7 boot time was approx. 24 seconds.
A direct comparison to more drives will be supplemented in coming drive reviews.

 

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