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Hitachi Confirms 4TB 3.5-inch HDD, Shipping Now

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Shipping in limited quantities now, and worldwide early next year.

Hitachi has officially confirmed two new models of 4TB hard drives in the form of the the Deskstar 5K4000 Internal Hard Drive Kit and the Touro Desk External Hard Drive.

The 4TB Deskstar 5K4000 is a 3.5-inch hard drive with a 32MB cache buffer and Hitachi's CoolSpin power-management technology. Combined with Hitachi's other power-management tools, CoolSpin offers up to a 28-percent idle power savings over the company's Deskstar 7K3000 7200 RPM drives and an idle acoustic level of 2.5 bels. The 5K4000 also uses Hitachi's Advanced Format technology, which increases the sector size on the hard disk drive from 512 bytes to 4096 bytes for increased capacities and improved error correction capabilities.

The new 4TB Hitachi Deskstar 5K4000 Hard Drive Retail Kit is currently shipping in limited quantities to online and retail stores with a suggested retail price of $399.99. Hitachi will be shipping the Deskstar 5K4000 (bare drives and bulk pack) to OEMs, distributors and channel partners worldwide in Q1 2012.

The external solution, the Hitachi Touro Desk External Drive is a USB 3.0 storage solution with a Deskstar 5K4000 HDD under the hood and is both Mac and PC compatible. It comes bundled with 3GB of cloud storage for free from and will be available in January for approximately $420.

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    ojas , December 15, 2011 9:20 AM
    $400? So $100 per terabyte...
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    joytech22 , December 15, 2011 9:37 AM
    Well... With current hd prices $400 isn't bad. Especially for 4tb.
    Well $400 wouldn't be bad here anyway.
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    Pyree , December 15, 2011 9:48 AM
    joytech22Well... With current hd prices $400 isn't bad. Especially for 4tb.Well $400 wouldn't be bad here anyway.

    Agree. $400 is ok for the current market, with the Thailand flood and shortage of HDD. Especially the largest capacity HDD on the market usually cost more per GB.
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    bavman , December 15, 2011 9:49 AM
    I remember the good old days when you could get a 2TB harddrive for $60-70. Its nice that the HDD industry is still moving...but seriously whose gonna dish out that much money for a 4TB drive.
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    JOSHSKORN , December 15, 2011 10:16 AM
    redgarlYou can get a 2T for 69$

    Yeah maybe BEFORE the Thailand flood. I saw 5400 RPM 2TB drives at that price.

    I can't wait until 3TB and 4TB hard drives come with new computers with the OS installed on them. Either that, or companies where you can build your own computer allow you to use a larger hard drive as your main hard drive. Currently, 3TB hard drives can only be chosen for data storage, not you main drive (going from Actually, I just checked, they weren't offering 3TB drives (let alone 4TB drive) on the configurator.
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    kd0frg , December 15, 2011 10:47 AM
    wowzer! 4 tb! sweet
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    steelbox , December 15, 2011 11:00 AM
    Once the prices fall down to the previous level, i may consider replacing my 2 1TB drives for this one.
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    lamorpa , December 15, 2011 11:58 AM
    redgarlEventually, we will need a new form of storage to take over at one time. But I got absolutely no clue what it could be...

    I'm also going to add some words without doing any thinking whatsoever.
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    back_by_demand , December 15, 2011 12:21 PM
    lamorpaCan anyone tell me how they could possibly fill a 4TB drive (or 1TB for that matter) if they are not illegally downloading copyrighted material. I just don't think there is that much free content out there (and if it is free, why store it, just stream it the next time you need it)

    My missus is NOT a professional photographer, but has a nice 8MP Canon EOS 350D anyway, we take pictures of holidays, special occasions, the kids, days out, birthdays, DIY work, moving house, etc etc etc. We have almost 2TB of pictures.
    Now think how many pictures someone who is a serious photographer might have or is a professional photographer
    Then, only then, decide if a 4TB drive would be of any use in a corporate server farm or not
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    TeraMedia , December 15, 2011 12:28 PM
    10+ TiB in a 4-disk RAID 5 array... I don't want to think what the rebuild time would be on such a beast.
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    Anonymous , December 15, 2011 12:33 PM
    I have well over half that much data. It includes HD pics, large designs/drawings, documents (text and graphics), etc. I have to have it offline at any given time. Today I use several backup portable drives to suffice. Now just get that much storage in a Mobile Workstation and I would be in heaven.
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    jgutz2006 , December 15, 2011 12:36 PM
    who wants a 5400 RPM Drive over a 7200 RPM Drive? If its strictly a data backup drive used on a part time basis, i can see saving a few bux on a slower spindle speed otherwise cmon, pay a little more for the RPMs.
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    Anonymous , December 15, 2011 12:37 PM
    FWIW, I rip all my DVDs so I don't have the hassle of trying to find the disk when I want it. That adds up pretty fast.
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    jgutz2006 , December 15, 2011 12:49 PM
    WaywocketFWIW, I rip all my DVDs so I don't have the hassle of trying to find the disk when I want it. That adds up pretty fast.

    As do i, but it takes some time for the computer to spin up and sift through 3x7200 rpm drives and 7TB full from 4.5gb/movie DVD Rips. I quickly dumped the WD Green drive after experiencing the slow. But i do appreciate the sector sizes, i have all my large movie storage drives as large as they can go
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    lamorpa , December 15, 2011 12:52 PM
    back_by_demandWe have almost 2TB of pictures....

    You don't 'have' the pictures, you only have them until the drive inevitably crashes. If you are trying to keep pictures, you upload them to a storage service (e.g. flicker, etc.)

    In any case, thanks for the example. I didn't think about that one. Do you really have, even assuming a picture size of 5MB/picture size with lossless compression, 400,000 pictures? Almost half a million pictures?

    Assuming 12 waking hours in a day, and you take pictures on weekends and 3 weeks of vacation a year (104 + 15 = 119 days a year), that means you're taking a picture every 2 minutes for the last 10 years. I believe you are mixed up about the pictures. Video is another thing. Video adds up fast.
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    custodian-1 , December 15, 2011 1:14 PM
    redgarlYou can get a 2T for 69$.Not a good deal, but impressive... I can wait to see where we can go.Eventually, we will need a new form of storage to take over at one time. But I got absolutely no clue what it could be...

    Post a link for 2TB for $69.
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    masterasia , December 15, 2011 1:30 PM
    When the Thailand debacle is over, this thing will be $69.
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    warezme , December 15, 2011 1:46 PM
    I'll wait until prices go back down. If I'm going to invest that much on a drive it will likely be into an SSD. I still have a ton of slow fat drives hanging around. I bought a pair of $89 Samsung 2TB drives off of Newegg before the flood thing.
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