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WD Black 4TB Hard Drive Review

By Julio Franco ยท 12 replies
Dec 18, 2012
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  1. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 846   +102

    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.
  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,633   +695

    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.
  3. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 376   +50

    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 ;-).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,763   +435

    If you have limited drive bays then it's a different story...
  9. The WD Black 4TB still uses five 800GB platters...
  10. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 376   +50

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

    MrBungle TS Booster Posts: 151   +67

    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.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,515   +2,311

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