robow writes: "Hitachi has become the first manufacturer to ship 2TB 7,200RPM hard drives. You may be wondering how that can be, but it's true. While Western Digital launched the first 2TB hard drive, it was only 5,400RPM. The new 2TB Deskstar 7K2000 should prove to be a strong performer. The drive uses 5 platters, which means that each platter stores an impressive ~400GB of data. The drive uses Hitachi's perpendicular magnetic recording to cram all of that data into such a small space. The new drives will ship with 32MB of cache and a standard SATA 3Gb/s interface. The higher rotation speed, large cahce, and SATA connection should help this drive become one of the leading storage devices available in its storage capacity category. While Hitachi has stated that this new drive is now shipping, there was no information released about how soon it will appear on retailer's shelves, nor how much it will retail for."