Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has released a new, 400-gigabyte hard drive that is reportedly able to store up to 400 hours of standard television programming, 45 hours of high-definition programming or more than 6,500 hours of digital music.
Previously, the largest such drive available was a 300-gigabyte product from Maxtor Corp., said Dave Reinsel, industry analyst at International Data Corp. (IDC).
San Jose, CA, U.S.-based Hitachi said it designed the drive, the Deskstar 7K400, for audio/video products such as digital video recorders (DVRs).
Yankee Group, a Boston, MA, U.S.-based research firm, predicts the number of households with DVRs will increase to nearly 25 million by 2007, from the nearly 3 million currently. (Associated Press)
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