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Seagate Rolls Out 4 TB Hard Drives

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Seagate has announced that it has started shipping out 4 TB drives with platters of 1 TB.

Seagate has reportedly started shipping the first 4 TB hard drives that are built on just four platters. This means that each platter has a density of 1 TB, which in combination with the 7,200 RPM speed and SATA3 interface, givesĀ  impressive performance for a hard drive.

The 4 TB drives that are on the horizon from Seagate will carry 64 MB of buffer, and in combination with its 7,200 RPM, it reaches read speeds as high as 146 MB/s. There is no word on its write speeds. Power consumption is also expected to be about 35 percent lower than that of the competition.

Now that 1 TB platters are becoming more common, it might not be long before manufacturers start shipping 5 TB drives with five platters of 1 TB.

When the drives will hit the shelves remains unknown, but it would be available for prices as low as $190 for the OEM version. The retail version that would include documentation and cables would cost $212. Seagate boasts that at these prices the drive will have the lowest cost/GB.

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    greghome , April 4, 2013 11:53 AM
    Now........if only I'd get 3 Years Warranty from them again....
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    pjmelect , April 4, 2013 3:30 PM
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    Yeah, I don't know anyone that has ever filled a 1Tb HD, maybe 3D designers storing all kinds of full detailed models?


    My porn collection alone is more than that.
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    Novulux , April 4, 2013 3:31 PM
    ShockerayYeah, I don't know anyone that has ever filled a 1Tb HD, maybe 3D designers storing all kinds of full detailed models?


    I would think that many people have used more than 128 GB...(1 terabit)
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  • 18 Hide
    greghome , April 4, 2013 11:53 AM
    Now........if only I'd get 3 Years Warranty from them again....
  • 4 Hide
    slomo4sho , April 4, 2013 12:43 PM
    This should make for good competition for the WD Red 4 TB drives that are coming.
  • 5 Hide
    jhansonxi , April 4, 2013 12:53 PM
    I once had IBM Ultrastar 36GB SCSI drives with 10 platters. Expensive, heavy and hot. Makes me really appreciate today's data density.
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    Devoteicon , April 4, 2013 1:11 PM
    lol, I still haven't filled up my 320GB drive that I've had for three years.
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    InvalidError , April 4, 2013 1:20 PM
    greghomeNow........if only I'd get 3 Years Warranty from them again....

    Three years? Five year warranties were almost standard until the mid-2000s, then they dropped to three years for mid-range drives and one year for consumer/budget models.

    Most of my failed HDDs crashed during the 2nd year so I am really skeptical of HDD manufacturers' claims that the reason they reduced the standard warranty to one year is because most drives fail within the first year... it personally makes me quite wary of 1-year drives.

    On the other hand, all my 3+ years old HDDs are still working fine.
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    Rune Olsen , April 4, 2013 1:32 PM
    Have 5 years reclamation on almost everything here in Norway
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    blacksummit92 , April 4, 2013 2:19 PM
    Personally i chose WB over Seage do to prior experience, and the warranty 3 vs 5, it is obvious to go with the one with better warranty although the WB tend to be slightly more expensive but you get what you pay for..
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    dextermat , April 4, 2013 2:19 PM
    Now, would you have confidence in a hard drive that has 3 years warranty and 4 TB of important data on it ?

    Not me... they need to find a way to make backup external hard drives last longer!!
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    somebodyspecial , April 4, 2013 3:01 PM
    WB? Warner Bros making cartoon drives now?

    You don't always get what you pay for either :)  Diablo 3 isn't worth $60. Torchlight 2 is worth MORE than $20. ;)  Just an example.
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    belardo , April 4, 2013 3:05 PM
    To keep the prices low the drives of today need to be made cheaper, and with the Chinese way of making junk with short life spans, they want you to keep rebuying more crap with short life spans.

    The other BIG problems is that low grade crap creates more pollution winces customers have to replace their stuff much more often. This is not just computer parts... It's everything made from china today... He'll, Chinese stuff made 5+ years ago wasn't this bad. I'm including shoes and socks that lasts weeks. Toasters that costs $30 that look good but can't toast... They either burned everything to black or toast only one side... Then fall apart in 6 months. Unlike the $10 toasters from the past that would last you 10 years.
    The $50 bicycle wheel I bought last year has warped or broken 5 times in 300 miles, unlike the previous 2005 wheel that lasted me 3000 miles! Nope, I need to get a $120 wheel to equal the quality of yesterday's $40 version.

    A 4TB HD should have a 5 year warranty... It's not some USB stick that holds a few GB for transport, it's something that holds tons of people's data.
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    sun-devil99 , April 4, 2013 3:08 PM
    Devoteiconlol, I still haven't filled up my 320GB drive that I've had for three years.

    Same here. I have a 500 GB external that I am using about 50 GB on. The new computer I picked up yesterday as 1 TB drive, I don't see myself filling that up anytime soon. However, I said that same thing about my 80 MB back in the 90's.
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    Shockeray , April 4, 2013 3:14 PM
    Yeah, I don't know anyone that has ever filled a 1Tb HD, maybe 3D designers storing all kinds of full detailed models?
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    pjmelect , April 4, 2013 3:30 PM
    Quote:
    Yeah, I don't know anyone that has ever filled a 1Tb HD, maybe 3D designers storing all kinds of full detailed models?


    My porn collection alone is more than that.
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    Novulux , April 4, 2013 3:31 PM
    ShockerayYeah, I don't know anyone that has ever filled a 1Tb HD, maybe 3D designers storing all kinds of full detailed models?


    I would think that many people have used more than 128 GB...(1 terabit)
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    Shin-san , April 4, 2013 3:33 PM
    4 TB hard drives aren't news, but wow. I didn't know that they've dropped to the $200 mark, not that I have been paying attention to prices. I'm glad there's more competition in the 4 TB zone now
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    merikafyeah , April 4, 2013 3:52 PM
    Correction: The new 4TB drives are not 7200 RPM, but due to the higher density it still performs comparably with most 7200 RPM drives while running cooler and using less power.

    Review: http://theharddriveblog.blogspot.ca/2013/02/4tb-seagate-stbd4000400-desktop-hard.html

    These new 4TB drives have actually been available for quite a while now (checked late February) :
    http://www.nothingbutsoftware.com/Product/217999

    Copy n Paste by Toms, fact-checking by the readers. Back in my day it was the other way around.
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    littleleo , April 4, 2013 5:18 PM
    On the Seagate website it says ST4000DM000 is one of the Barracuda 7200.14 models that is where the confusion lies.

    http://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/desktop-hard-drives/desktop-hdd/?sku=ST4000DM000#
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    unksol , April 4, 2013 6:06 PM
    littleleoOn the Seagate website it says ST4000DM000 is one of the Barracuda 7200.14 models that is where the confusion lies.http://www.seagate.com/internal-ha [...] 4000DM000#


    No. It's not. Your link shows it as " Desktop HDD.15". If you select 7200.14 4TB is not an option. The source even says 5900RPM. Toms just made up the 7200RPM out of thin air
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    kinggremlin , April 4, 2013 6:53 PM
    InvalidErrorThree years? Five year warranties were almost standard until the mid-2000s, then they dropped to three years for mid-range drives and one year for consumer/budget models.Most of my failed HDDs crashed during the 2nd year so I am really skeptical of HDD manufacturers' claims that the reason they reduced the standard warranty to one year is because most drives fail within the first year... it personally makes me quite wary of 1-year drives.On the other hand, all my 3+ years old HDDs are still working fine.



    5 year warranties were never a standard feature for ATA drives. It has been the standard for SCSI drives since the 90's. Longer warranties for HD's are not an indication they have been made any better. Back when there were many HD makers it was sometimes used as a differentiator to make consumers think the drives were actually more reliable. Obviously some of you bought that hook line and sinker despite no truth to the suspicion. If you looked at the MTBF rating which was the actual prediction for reliability it didn't really change any as the warranty length moved around. As all the HD manufactures started merging and failing, it was no longer necessary to carry such a long warranty which could cripple the already razor thin margins.
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    William Walhovd , April 4, 2013 8:55 PM
    I picked up this drive on Tuesday. Frys has them.
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