Seagate Rolls Out 4 TB Hard Drives

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, gives  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
    Now........if only I'd get 3 Years Warranty from them again....
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  • pjmelect
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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
    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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  • greghome
    Now........if only I'd get 3 Years Warranty from them again....
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  • slomo4sho
    This should make for good competition for the WD Red 4 TB drives that are coming.
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  • jhansonxi
    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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