Philips launches world's first one-terabyte external hard drive

Jun 06, 2007
Philips launches world's first one-terabyte external hard drive

Philips today announced that it has broken the one-terabyte storage barrier with the launch of the SPD5130 external hard drive.

Building on Philips long consumer electronics heritage, the revolutionary new drive features an ultra-fast eSATA interface that is six times quicker than the industry-standard USB 2.0, giving users immediate, additional capacity to store more of their music, movies and photos than ever before.

The SPD5130 hard drive has a pioneering single-disk form, allowing for significantly smaller dimensions than the double-drive solutions currently on the market. It will be available to buy in Europe and the US in the summer, priced at 449 EUR and 499 USD.

The Philips SPD5130 is designed specifically for users who require additional storage, or who want to back up all their data quickly and easily for safekeeping. Providing industry-beating storage space from a single hard disk, its unprecedented one-terabyte capacity can store 1 million photos, 250,000 songs or six weeks of uncompressed video. The SPD5130 features a groundbreaking eSATA connection in addition to a standard USB 2.0 interface, allowing files to be transferred instantly, while a 32MB buffer ensures that data is transferred reliably and free from error. Thanks to these advanced technologies, the hard drive can be used to transparently and securely extend existing storage on the computer.

The Philips SPD5130 features a striking, extra-thick outer shell that ensures the drive runs exceptionally quietly. Together with a heat control system that regulates the drive’s built-in fan, the SPD5130’s robust aluminum casing protects data from excess temperatures, while its unique suspension insulates the drive from potential shocks. The SPD5130 has a sleek, signature design to complement any modern desktop.

The SPD5130’s intelligent power management allows the disk to start and shut down with the computer, so it can be used seamlessly with any machine. Like the other models in the Philips SPD hard drive family, the SPD5130 includes a one-click backup button to instantly safeguard files, as well as a safe shutdown button to prevent data loss.

“In the digital world, storage requirements are growing exponentially, while users need to access their files as quickly and as simply as possible,” said William Ripley, Products Strategy and Marketing Peripherals and Accessories Philips Consumer Electronics. “We’re delighted to shatter the one-terabyte storage barrier and boost our extensive range of computer peripherals with the SPD5130, a compact, single-disk external hard drive that’s also one of our fastest models yet.”

Source: Philips

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