WD Black 4TB Hard Drive Review

By on December 18, 2012, 1:01 AM

It's been a long year of HDD supply shortages and wacky premiums, but things are finally stabilizing and new designs are trickling out of drive makers including Western Digital, which hasn't showed much since unveiling its first 3TB hard drive two years ago. Recently WD expanded its Black series with a 4TB model. Being the company's flagship desktop range, Black drives are meant to deliver a balance between speed, capacity and price.

At ~$350, a Black 4TB drive is slightly cheaper than a pair of WD Black 2TB drives and much more affordable than the previously released WD RE 4TB (enterprise oriented) drive, which currently retails for $480. Given that we've been spoiled by SSDs over the last few years, we don't expect to be blown away by the new drive's blistering speed, but it should be fun comparing its performance with other terabyte-plus hard drives...

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spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

I've been waiting for the 4TB drives to go mainstream. Never been fond of triple-core CPUs or 3-channel memory or any storage that does not easily divide into the 8-bit world like a 3TB, it's not natural.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Nice review - thanks.

I'm wondering how many folks will jump on this. With the rise and flexibility available in cloud storage and external portable storage devices, a single mega-storage drive might not be the most optimal storage solution for many users.

ddg4005 ddg4005 said:

I'm running Hitachi's 4TB drive in both my boxes and so far they are able performers. It's good to see larger capacity drives coming into their own; 3TB has become a little too mainstream ;-).

Guest said:

Even though it's cheaper than 2x 2TB drives I'd rather have 2x TB drives to store that much data. Imagine if that drive failed!!! 4TB of data lost!

Still, if you just want to hoard stuff they are good. I'd certainly use one if I had the money.

Guest said:

Then buy two 4TB drives. You should always have a backup plan in place in case of mechanical failure, memory corruption (bad memory in RAM written to the HDD), fire, theft, or Acts of God.

I have two onsite backups and an offsite backup with Amazon S3 (everything is encrypted on the backup I do to S3 and Amazon never gets the decryption keys). 4TB is a good thing.

Guest said:

I use A LOT of drives and have always preferred 2nd drives as backups...but I'm leaning towards finally just getting a 4 bay RAID... 3TB drives are around $125 and if I go RAID I assume I can afford to lose one and still be safe and save money.

Guest said:

People have been saying the same thing for years. I felt the same when a buddy bought a 6.4GB HDD - I remember saying "What if it fails.. he'll lose SO MUCH DATA" - and then I told that to a friend who's a bit older than me, and he remembers having the same discussion when someone he knew bought a 40MB (yes, megabyte) HDD.

So fear of losing data on a large drive isn't exactly a new thing. Just remember to take backups!

Darth Shiv Darth Shiv said:

Even though it's cheaper than 2x 2TB drives I'd rather have 2x TB drives to store that much data. Imagine if that drive failed!!! 4TB of data lost!

Still, if you just want to hoard stuff they are good. I'd certainly use one if I had the money.

If you have limited drive bays then it's a different story...

Guest said:

The WD Black 4TB still uses five 800GB platters...

ddg4005 ddg4005 said:

Even though it's cheaper than 2x 2TB drives I'd rather have 2x TB drives to store that much data. Imagine if that drive failed!!! 4TB of data lost!

Still, if you just want to hoard stuff they are good. I'd certainly use one if I had the money.

I have all of my files, drivers, utilties, and porn backed up to a 3TB external drive so I'm good ;-).

MrBungle said:

My file server is going to need new drives in the next year or so but 4TB drives are just not big enough. I would have thought we'd have 5 or 6TB drives by now.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

In an update with respect to price, Newegg is selling the WD "Caviar Black" 4TB, for $309.95, until 12/25 with a promo code available on this age: [link]

So, if you want the price, you hafta give it to yourself for Christmas....

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