Hitachi GST ships two new 4TB Deskstar-based disks

By Lee Kaelin on December 14, 2011, 10:00 AM

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies announced on Monday that it has begun shipping 4TB desktop mechanical hard disks targeted at consumer PCs. This follows on from Seagate announcing it was releasing its own 4TB disks back in September.

The Deskstar 5K4000 (PDF) is a 3.5" form factor mechanical hard disk with a 32-megabyte cache buffer. It uses the SATA 3 6Gb/s interface, and offers a maximum areal density of 443 Gbits per square inch. The spindle speed was not published but it will likely be 5,900rpm. Also bundled is 3GB of free online cloud storage.

Hitachi GST's CoolSpin technology is also featured in the new drives, with the company stating it will offer decreased power consumption without affecting the disks' overall performance. Compared to its 7K3000 3TB unit, it offers a 28% reduction in idle power consumption. Joining that is the firm's Advanced Format feature, which increases the sector size from 512-bytes to 4096-bytes (4KB), which in turn boosts capacity and offers improvements to error correcting capabilities.

The 4TB disk will initially ship in small numbers packaged as a retail version with a price of $400. Included will be mounting screws, full instructions and drivers covering most popular operating systems in order to take advantage of the massive capacity of the disks without further hardware upgrades. A "bare" OEM drive version will arrive in the hands of OEMs and other partners around the first quarter of 2012.

The company also announced that its Touro Desk external drive will be available in January with the new 4TB capacity, in addition to its existing 3TB, 2TB and 1TB variants. The new 4TB disk model will only be available with an USB 3.0 interface, whereas the rest of the range is available in a USB 2.0 version as well. Given the size of the disk, it is understandable that they chose the newer, faster connectivity option, especially as it is becoming more commonplace on computers. The suggested retail price for that unit will be $419.99.




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Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

Why do I get so excited everytime they come out with massive harddrives. I'll never NEED 4TB nor will I ever drop 400 on disk based storage but it still excites me to read about em.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

Ranger12 said:

Why do I get so excited everytime they come out with massive harddrives. I'll never NEED 4TB nor will I ever drop 400 on disk based storage but it still excites me to read about em.

Ever heard of Dr. Freud theory about men's preoccupation with sizes? That explains it.

Guest said:

Bluray rips that average 20gigs per rip, that's why people need 4tb. The price is high, but also consider all HDD prices are currently inflated. When it drops to around $190 they will be practical.

Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

Ah yes I forgot about blu-ray rips (I only have one atm and it is like 45 gigs). Maybe I will need this...

Guest said:

$400 for 4 tb ??

Hey kids, It wasn't that long ago (10 years) that I paid $200 for a replacement 20GB drive.

These prices are a deal !!

Guest said:

Guest said on December 14, 2011 12:04 PM

"$400 for 4 tb ?? Hey kids, It wasn't that long ago (10 years) that I paid $200 for a replacement 20GB drive.

These prices are a deal !! "

It doesn't seem that long ago when I paid $200 for a replacement 20MB disk & that was 5 1/4 inch!

killeriii said:

I have a windows home server. 4TB on one drive will come in handy.

Guest said:

It doesn't seen to long when I paid 20 dollars for a 4 MB ram stick.

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